Updated (see below)
Windows 8 finally became Generally Available (GA) today which means one thing: Windows Media Center (WMC) feature add-on is finally available!
If you try to add this feature through Windows 8, you'll notice there's a $9.99 price tag. Well, good news: until January 31, 2013 it's available for free! To get a free code, go to: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/feature-packs and input your email address. The code will show up in your Inbox within a few minutes.
I installed WMC loosely using the following instructions: http://cetoncorp.com/blog/infinitv-on-windows-8-consumer-preview/
In order, I did the following:
- Go to Search -> Settings. Type "Features" and launch "Turn Windows features on or off"
- Install .NET Framework 3.5
- Install the latest Ceton InfiniTV Windows 7 drivers. Yes, these will work in Windows 8
- Go to Search -> Settings. Type "features" and launch "Add features to Windows 8"
- Insert the free code you've received to download Windows Media Center feature and install the feature (this will take a few minutes and may take a few restarts)
- Run Windows Media Center and set it up as usual for your purposes. Keep in mind that to run Digital Cable Advisor (DCA) you must be physically connected to a monitor, not remoted into the server
Unfortunately, it seems that my current Media Center Extenders do not work with Windows 8 Pro WMC. They connect to the server and then all of the sudden there's a black screen and that's it. Nothing. I've tried with a Samsung Media Live and a Linksys DMA2100.
Very disappointing... I had just ordered several upgrades for the server, specifically for Windows 8. If anyone has gotten this to work, please let me know!