Set up Windows Media Center with Xbox 360 (Windows Vista)
You can use Windows Media Center to stream music, pictures, and video to your Xbox 360 console from any computer on your home network. The following steps are for Windows Vista Ultimate or Home Premium versions. For help installing or setting up Windows Media Center on your computer, see
Windows Media Center
Step 1: Connect your console to your network
Step 2: Remove previous connections
If you previously connected a computer to your Xbox 360 console, you will need to remove the existing connection. Here's how:
On your computer
Windows Media Center. Go to
Tasks, and then click Settings. Click
Xbox 360 Media Center Extender. Click
On your Xbox 360 console
Guide button on your controller, go to Settings, and select System Settings. Select Computers.
Select Windows Media Center.
Press the B button on your controller to return to the Xbox Dashboard.
Step 3: Get the setup key on your console
Apps, and then select My Apps. Select
Media Center. Write down the 8-digit setup key.
Step 4: Add your console to Windows Media Center
Start Windows Media Center on your computer.
Tasks, and then click Add Extender. When prompted, enter the 8-digit setup key from Step 3.
Next to complete setup.
Step 5: Start Windows Media Center on your console
Go to Apps, select My Apps, then select Windows Media Center. It will take some time to build your media libraries the first time you use Windows Media Center on your console.
If you have any problems, please see
Troubleshoot Windows Media Center.
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