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Set up Xbox 360 as a Windows Media Center extender

Overview

Note Xbox One does not support streaming media from Windows Media Centre.

You can use Windows Media Centre to stream music, pictures and video to your Xbox 360 console from any computer on your home network. The following steps are for the versions of Windows that include Media Centre (Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Enterprise versions). For help installing Windows Media Centre on your computer, see Windows Media Centre.

Step 1: Connect your console to your network

If you have already connected your console to your network, you can go to step 2 below.

If not, connect your console to your home network using a wired or wireless connection. Then, test to make sure that your Xbox console connects successfully. Here's how:

  1. On your Xbox controller, press the Guide button.
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  1. Go to Settings, then select System Settings.
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  1. Select Network Settings.
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  1. Select the name of your wireless network, or select Wired Network for a wired connection.
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  1. Select Test Xbox Live Connection.
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If the network status for the connection to your network shows as Connected, go to step 2 below. Otherwise, select More Info on your console and follow the suggestions.

Step 2: Remove previous connections (if necessary)

If you previously connected a computer to your Xbox 360 console, you will need to remove the existing connection.

You can remove the previous steps on your computer or on your Xbox console:

Computer steps: Remove previous connections

  1. Start Windows Media Centre.
  2. At the bottom of the menu, click the Down Arrow, and under Tasks, click Settings.
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  1. Click Extender.
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  1. Click Xbox 360 Media Centre Extender.
  2. Click Uninstall.
  3. Click Next.

Console steps: Remove previous connections

  1. Go to My Settings, and then select System.
  2. Select Computers.
  3. Select Windows Media Centre.
  4. Select Disconnect.
  5. Press the B button on your controller to return to the Xbox Dashboard.

Step 3: Get the setup key on your console

  1. On your console, go to Apps, select My Apps and then select Windows Media Centre.
  2. Tip Not seeing Apps? You might need to Update your Xbox 360 console software.
  3. Select Continue.
  4. Write down the 8-digit setup key.

Step 4: Add your console to Windows Media Centre

  1. Start Windows Media Centre on your computer.
  2. Go to Tasks and then click Add Extender.
  3. When prompted, enter the 8-digit setup key from Step 3.
  4. Click Next to complete setup.

Step 5: Start Windows Media Centre on your console

Go to Apps, select My Apps and then select Windows Media Centre. It will take some time to build your media libraries the first time that you use Windows Media Centre on your console.

What are other users saying about these topics?

To see what other users are saying about these topics, or to ask your own questions, go to our Xbox Support Forums and view the following conversations:

Please note that Xbox Support Forums content is available only in English. To translate Xbox Support Forums content into another language, paste the URL into an online translation tool such as Bing Translator.

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