Set up Windows Media Center on Xbox 360 (Windows 8)

Overview

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

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 8. For help installing Windows Media Center on your computer, see Windows Media Center.

Step 1: Connect your console to your network (if you have not connected already)

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.
  2. Go to Settings, then select System Settings.
  3. Select Network Settings.
  4. Select Wired Network or Wireless network.
  5. Select Test Xbox Live Connection.

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 have not previously connected a computer to your Xbox 360 console, go to Step 3. If you have, 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 Center.
  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 Center 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 Center.

  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 Center.

  2. Select Continue.

  3. Write down the 8-digit setup key.

Step 4: Install Windows Media Center (if you have not already installed it)

If you have already installed Windows Media Center on your computer, go to Step 5. If you have not, follow the steps on the Windows 8 Pro page to install Windows 8 Media Center Pack or Windows 8 Pro Pack.

Step 5: Add your console to Windows Media Center

  1. Start Windows Media Center on your computer.

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  1. Go to Tasks, and then click Add Extender.

  2. When prompted, enter the 8-digit setup key from Step 3.

  3. Click Next to complete setup.

Step 6: Start Windows Media Center on your console

Go to Apps, select My Apps, and 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.

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