You might recall that after Windows 8’s launch, Microsoft gave away free Media Center product keys for use with Windows 8 Pro. The promotion ended at the end of January, and Microsoft implied that the keys needed to be used immediately or they would expire.
Here it is, 40 days later, and I just had an opportunity to put that question to the test.
In preparation for a review, I upgraded a Windows 8 PC to Windows 8 Pro and then used a free Media Center Pack key that I received from that same promotion.
The Upgrade Assistant recognized it as a working key and performed the upgrade normally. After rebooting, the system wasn’t activated, but following the link to activate manually worked. Online, no phone call required, took about 10 seconds.
That’s a single data point. Anyone else tried lately?