Windows 8: Set up Xbox 360 as a Windows Media Center extender
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.
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:
On your Xbox controller, press the
Settings, and then select System Settings.
Select the name of your wireless network, or select
Wired Network for a wired connection.
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’ve not previously connected a computer to your Xbox 360 console, go to step 3. If you have, you’ll 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
Windows Media Center. At the bottom of the menu, select the
Down Arrow, and under Tasks, select Settings.
Xbox 360 Media Center Extender. Select
Console steps: Remove previous connections
My Settings, and then select System. Select
Windows Media Center. Select
Disconnect. Press the
B button on your controller to return to the Xbox Dashboard.
Step 3: Get the setup key on your console
On your console, go to
Apps, select My Apps, and then select Windows Media Center. Select
Continue. Write down the 8-digit setup key.
Step 4: Install Windows Media Center
If you’ve already installed Windows Media Center on your computer, go to step 5.
If you haven’t, 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
Start Windows Media Center on your computer.
Scroll down to
Tasks, and then select Add Extender. On the Extender Setup screen, select
When prompted, enter the 8-digit setup key from step 3.
Next to complete setup.
Step 6: Start Windows Media Center on your console
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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