It seems as though Windows 8 Media Center users have been struck again with yet another problem. This time we have a user asking at the Microsoft Answers Community about a situation they have run into after upgrading their PC from the Windows 8.1 Preview to the final RTM version of the operating system. While the 8.1 Preview was in use, the user had used Windows Media Center to record copy-protected shows. Then the user upgraded to the final RTM version of Windows 8 and discovered that they can no longer play the copy-protected shows.
This is a scenario that we hadn’t even anticipated, and we certainly can’t find any record of Microsoft warning users that this could happen. If you’re using the Windows 8.1 Preview, and recording copy-protected shows with it, you might want to wait until you’ve finished watching them before upgrading. That’s easier said than done, of course, as you may have quite the backlog as the fall TV season started last month. Unfortunately there is no solution to this. We have to assume this doesn’t affect too many users considering the Preview broke Media Center plugins, and that hasn’t been fixed until the first major update to Windows 8.1 RTM which was released last week. Of course you shouldn’t have any problems watching copy-protected shows that are recorded after upgrading to the RTM version of Windows 8.1.