The Xbox 360 was designed to interact with Windows PCs and enables media sharing, namely video, music and images. However, this isn't as easy as it sounds. In addition to setting up Windows Media Center on the console, you also need to build a local network, preferably a wireless one.
This article shows how to begin this process, with setting up Windows Media Center on the console as the first step.
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Things you need
- Xbox 360 console, computer with Windows Vista or XP and Windows Media Player 11, router and ethernet cable for local network
Boot up your Xbox 360 console. Go to "My Xbox", then scroll to the right to "Windows Media Center". Click "green/A".
Accept the prompt by clicking "continue". Write down the set-up key number displayed on the screen and click "continue". You will need this code when setting up your wireless local network.
Go to www.xbox.com/pcsetup on your media PC, then click on "Windows Media Player 11". Launch Windows Media Player on your computer, then hit "library" at the top of the screen, followed by "media sharing" then "share my media".
Look at the list of devices that comes up--it should have "Xbox 360" as one of the options. Click the Xbox 360 icon and check "allow" followed by "OK".
Go back to your Xbox 360 console, enter "my Xbox" from the dashboard, and go to video, music or picture library. Each one will show the files detected by the Xbox 360 from your computer after your click on them, with the computer listed at the bottom of the device list. It will say "hard drive" or "memory card" at the top, referring to peripherals attached to the console.
You have set-up Media Center on your Xbox 360.
Tips and warnings
- The same process can take place with the Zune software rather than Windows Media Player. Simply choose Zune at www.xbox.com/pcsetup.
- These steps only set the stage-- the next part is building your local wireless network so you can connect the two devices -- the console and the PC -- properly. The files that appear on your Xbox 360 under video, music and pictures are either samples or random files. They may not even play, and could be just filler names.
- Only after you have your network set-up can your reliably stream media across the two devices.
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