Add features to Windows 8: FAQ
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Here are answers to some common questions about Add features to Windows 8.
Add features to Windows 8 is unavailable in some editions of Windows 8.
You can buy a product key for Add features to Windows 8 online in some countries and regions.
To add features, your PC must be running an activated copy of Windows 8.
In Add features to Windows 8, you can get an edition of Windows 8 that has more features than your current edition.
To get a new edition, you need to buy a product key—they're available at electronics stores. Make sure to buy a product key that's specifically for Add features to Windows 8. And you can also buy a product key online in some countries and regions.
Once you buy a product key and enter it into Add features to Windows 8, new features will be added to your PC automatically and you'll have a new edition of Windows 8. Nothing will happen to your apps, files, and settings.
If you weren't able to install the feature pack you bought, contact support. There might be an app on your PC that's preventing the installation.
There are two different feature packs available. Windows 8 Pro Pack has enhanced networking and data encryption features—and includes Windows Media Center—but you need to have Windows 8 already installed and activated on your PC. Windows 8 Media Center Pack offers Windows Media Center, but you need to have Windows 8 Pro already installed and activated. For more details about these options, see the Add features webpage on the Windows website.
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Enter add features in the search box, and then tap or click Settings.
Tap or click Add features to Windows 8, and then do one of the following:
If you have already bought your key, enter it, and then tap or click Next.
If you haven't bought your key, and it's available online in your country or region, you can buy it now.
Read the license terms, select the check box to accept the license terms, and then tap or click Add features.
You'll see pricing info for each option in Add features to Windows 8. You can also go to an electronics store to see prices, and to buy a product key.
In most places, you can buy one at an electronics store. Make sure to buy a product key that's for Add features to Windows 8 specifically.
You can also buy a product key online in some countries and regions.
Yes. If you bought the Windows 8 Pro Pack, you should be able to install it and activate Windows successfully. Unfortunately, you can't use Windows 8 Pro or Windows 8 Pro System Builder products to upgrade.
No. Add features to Windows 8 can't upgrade previous versions of Windows to Windows 8. You can only use it if you already have Windows 8 and want to get a different edition that has more features.
Yes, you can use Add features to Windows 8 for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. But if you currently have a 32-bit version of Windows 8, you can't use Add features to Windows 8 to get a 64-bit version. And if you have a 64-bit version, you can't get a 32-bit version.
Yes, but you'll need to buy a product key for each Windows 8 PC that you want to add features to.
Yes, but you'll need to do a clean installation of your previous edition of Windows 8, which means that your files and program settings won't be saved.
To do this, you'll need your original Windows 8 installation disc and the product key that came with it.
Windows Anytime Upgrade isn't included in this version of Windows. Instead, you can use Add features to Windows 8 to get a different edition.