Windows Vista: Set up Windows Media Center with Xbox 360
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:
On your Xbox controller, press the
Guide button. Go to
Settings, and then select System Settings. Select
Network Settings. Select
Wired Network or Wireless network. 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
Windows Media Center. Go to
Tasks, and then select Settings. Select
Xbox 360 Media Center Extender. Select
On your Xbox 360 console
Guide button on your controller, go to Settings, and then select System Settings. 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
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 select 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
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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