Windows 7 and 8 include Windows Media Player 12 which allows you to easily turn your computer into a media server to stream music, movies, and pictures to other computers and devices on your network. This article will show you how to set up streaming and how to use it.
To start streaming media from your Windows 7 or 8 computer you’ll need to turn it on by opening Media Player and under the Library section click on Stream then click Turn on media streaming.
Next click the button to turn on media streaming. Alternately you can bypass WMP and open Control Panel \ All Control Panel Items \ Network and Sharing Center \ Media streaming options then click on the button to turn on media streaming and press OK.
Now you’ll see what devices are connected to the network and can select which computer or media device have access to the media.
You can also customize the streaming settings by selecting what will be shared and also notice the parental ratings control.
Now that the computer streaming media is enabled it is time to take a look at what to look for in WMP. On another computer on the network open Windows Media Player and under Library you will see 'Other Libraries' and the available libraries of Music, Video, and Pictures available for streaming.
This is a very neet tool that can allow you to have one computer with a lot of disk capacity to run as the media server. Then have computers containing less space connect and enjoy all the media they want including netbooks, tablets and Windows Cell Phones.
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