Here are a few suggestions to consider if you have a problem playing your photos, videos and music using Play.
Not all media applications work with Play. Try streaming with the Photos, Video or Music apps built into Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1. This will help you find out whether it's the application you're using, your device or network setup that's causing a problem.
It might sound too simple, but make sure that your device is turned on and ready to use.
If your Play device isn't listed with your other devices on the Devices page in PC settings, it might not be connected to the network.
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, then tap Change PC settings.(If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, then click Change PC settings.)
Tap or click PC and devices, then tap or click Devices.
To fix problems with connecting your device to a network, see the information that came with your device.
To connect to and choose a Play device on your PC, make sure that Find devices and content in PC settings is turned on for the home network you're connected to. For more information, see Finding PCs, devices and content on your network.
On trusted home networks, Windows automatically detects suitable Play devices, such as TVs and network-connected speakers. If your device isn't listed on the Devices page, it might not be compatible with Windows.
Windows lists the devices it recognises as being compatible with Play from the video, photo and music apps.
For more information about compatible devices, see the Windows Compatibility Center and the Windows Certified Products List.
Films and TV programmes that you rent or stream from providers such as Netflix, Amazon or Hulu won't work with Play because of Digital Rights Management (DRM) copyright protection. You can stream content such as videos you make, your pictures and most music. For example, you can probably play songs that you bought from an online store but not songs that you've rented through a subscription service. You can also play music, video and pictures from HTML5 websites in Internet Explorer 11.
If the suggestions here don't solve the problem you're experiencing, have a look at the Hardware and Drivers and Music, Photos and Video community pages in the Windows forum for solutions that other people have found for problems they've experienced.
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See which devices are compatible with Windows 8 at the Compatibility Center.