Please be aware that the add on is Media Centre NOT Media Player
All versions of windows 8 except the N versions come with Media Player
what Microsoft did was to cut Media Centre out of Win8.
Please also remember that Win8 can not play DVD's any more they cut that out of it as well you will need a separate player fro DVD movie playback, VLC is probably the best free player
Media Centre can however play DVD's
Thanks for the warning Pine Man. I installed VLC, though to be fair, Windows complained. VLC wouldn't open and browsers wouldn't either. Rebooted and got a small blue screen of death, IRQL not less or equal one, so it searched for a fix. Uninstalled VLC and back to normal. Running VLC as an app now. Have to start the .exe file and works OK for any video.
I've also got a Paragon image to fall back on. Wonder why shift+f8 doesn't bring safe mode up. I think Jock1e and I have the same make of mobo (Foxconn) and same problem. I've tried other F keys but no luck.