Are you running Windows 8? If you are then for a limited time you can get Windows 8 Media Center Pack for free. If you are not running Windows 8 yet you can still get the PID (Product ID) for the Media Center Pack now and use it when you run Windows 8 in the future.
To get your copy you need to go to the web page below and put in an email address. You will then be emailed a PID for the Media Center Pack.
You enter this PID in the “add features” section of Windows 8. Choose I already have a product key and enter the product key you are mailed. It will then install the Media Center Pack.
Don’t tell anyone but I have done this 3 times with my different email accounts.
Add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 Pro