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Windows Vista: Set up Windows Media Center with Xbox 360

Overview

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.

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

To set up Windows Media Center on other versions of Windows, see the following articles:

Step 1: Connect your console to your network

If you’ve 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.

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 you previously connected a computer to your Xbox 360 console, you’ll need to remove the existing connection. Here's how:

On your computer

  1. Start Windows Media Center.
  2. Go to Tasks, and then select Settings.
  3. Select Extender.
  4. Select Xbox 360 Media Center Extender.
  5. Select Uninstall.
  6. Select Next.

On your Xbox 360 console

  1. Press the Guide button on your controller, go to Settings, and then select System Settings.
  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. Go to Apps, and then select My Apps.
  2. Select Media Center.
  3. Write down the 8-digit setup key.

Step 4: Add your console to Windows Media Center

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

Step 5: Start Windows Media Center on your console

  1. 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.

If you have any problems, see Connections: Windows Media Center PC.

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