So, I reinstalled Win8 yesterday because I received a new SSD, but unfortunately, I've been having some pretty bad problems, due to me not installing drivers correctly, and not updating the SSD firmware before installing. So, I'm going to reinstall again (I'm not too beat up about it; I have time). However, I was reading the email that came with my Media Center product key, and it said that I can activate it no later than Febuary 1st, 2013. However, I'm not going to be able to reinstall until the 3rd, so can I still get Media Center? Granted, VLC will still be able to play my things, but it'd still be nice to have.
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Not sure, just click "Add features", and see if it accepts your key. I would do it before the end of today which would still be "no later than Feb. 1". Then if you have to reinstall later this week, the key WILL work.
ie. get it activated today, regardless of your driver issue at all costs.
As long as you activated before January 31, 2012 11:59 PM you can always re-install the media center after that date because it was activated before the end of the promotion period.