How to Configure ZoneAlarm for an Xbox 360

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Windows Media Center Extender allows you to connect external devices, such as the Xbox 360, to your Windows Media Center PC via a wireless network. In doing this you can stream music and videos from your computer to your Xbox 360, allowing you to watch or listen to the media on your television. ZoneAlarm is a third-party firewall program that helps safeguard your computer from external threats. By default, ZoneAlarm may recognise a Windows Media Center Extender device access as a threat. You can change the settings in your ZoneAlarm firewall to allow Xbox 360 access.

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  1. 1

    Double-click the ZoneAlarm icon in the lower right corner of the Windows taskbar to open the ZoneAlarm options.

  2. 2

    Click "Program Control" on the left side of the ZoneAlarm options window.

  3. 3

    Click the "Programs" tab on the right side of the options window.

  4. 4

    Scroll through the list of applications listed and verify that the following entries are present:

    Media Center

    MCRD Device Service

    Generic Host Process for Win32 Services

    Media Center Extender Tuning Wizard


    Media Center Extensibility Host

    If any of the entries are not present, click "Add" and navigate to the "C:\Windows\Ehome" folder, select the entry and click "OK" to add it to the list.

  5. 5

    Right-click each entry in Step 4 and select "Allow." Close ZoneAlarm.

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