Stream media using Xbox Music, Xbox Video, or Windows Media Player with Xbox 360

Overview

You can stream music, pictures, and video to your Xbox 360 console from your computer by using Windows Media Player, Xbox Music, or Xbox Video.

Note For more information about using Windows Media Center to stream content from your computer to your console, see Using Windows Media Center with Xbox 360.

Step 1: Connect your console to your network (if you haven't 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, and then select System Settings.
  3. Select Network Settings.
  4. Select Wired Network or Wireless network.
  5. 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: Set up Windows Media Player

Get Windows Media Player.

Which version do you want to use?

  • Windows Media Player 12 (Windows 7)
    1. In Windows Media Player, select Turn on media streaming from the Stream menu.
    2. On the page that appears, click Turn on media streaming.
    3. Name your media library and click OK.

  • Windows Media Player 11 (Windows Vista)
    1. In Windows Media Player, right-click Library, and then click Media Sharing.
    2. Click Share my media and then OK.
    3. In Sharing Settings, locate the Xbox 360 device.
    4. Click Xbox 360, click Allow, and then click OK.
    5. If you want to apply more options, click Settings.
    6. When you're done, click OK.

Step 3: Play or view music or videos

Play music

  1. Press the Guide button on your controller.
  2. Go to music and select Xbox Music.
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  1. Select the playlist of songs you want to play.

Play videos

  1. Press the Guide button on your controller.
  2. Go to tv & movies and select Xbox Video.
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  1. Select the video you want to play.

Using the Xbox Music app and the Xbox Video app

For more information about using the Xbox Music app, see Xbox Music. To learn more about the Xbox Video app, see Xbox Video.

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