You can use a Windows Media Center Extender to stream the media stored on your Windows 7 computer to another room in your home. For more information about Extenders, see Set up a Windows Media Center Extender
and Windows Media Center Extenders: frequently asked questions.
Accessing music, pictures, and other types of media on an Extender is very similar to using Media Center on your computer. (For general information about setting up and using Media Center, see Using Windows Media Center: recommended links.)
However, there are some slight differences when using Media Center on an Extender as opposed to a computer. The following procedures highlight some of these differences.
After you've successfully set up an Extender, you might need to add media (such as music, pictures, and recorded TV shows or playlists) so that they show up on the Extender. This process is similar to adding media to Media Center on your computer. For more information, see Add media files to Windows Media Center.
On your Extender, on the Windows Media Center start screen, scroll to Tasks, and then select Settings.
Select Media Libraries.
Select the type of media that you want to add, and then select Next. (If you're adding playlists, select Music.)
Select Add folders to the library, and then select Next.
Depending on where your media or playlist files are stored, select one of the options under Where are the folders you want to add?, and then select Next.
When you've selected all the folders that you want Media Center to monitor, select Next, select Yes, use these locations, and then select Finish.
After you've finished adding files, it might take several minutes for the files to appear in the libraries.
After your Extender is set up, you can add media to Media Center on your computer, and the files will also show up on your Extender. However, if you add movies to the Movies library in Media Center, they won't show up in the Movies library on your Extender unless you manually add them on the Extender using the procedure above.
If you added a password-protected network folder to Media Center on your computer, you'll need to add it to the Extender manually using the procedure above. In step 5, select Let me manually add a shared folder, and then follow the instructions to enter the credentials for the network folder.
If you have an Xbox 360 connected to a home network, you can use it as a Media Center Extender. This is an easy way to stream your pictures, music, videos, and other media from your PC running Windows 7 to your TV. For more information, search for "Extender" on Xbox 360 online.
Before you can use an Extender, you need to set it up in Media Center on your Windows 7 computer. For more information, see Set up a Windows Media Center Extender. Once it's set up, do the following:
Make sure that your computer is running.
Turn on the Xbox 360 console (or other Extender device), and then do one of the following:
If you're using an Xbox 360, use your Xbox 360 controller (or Xbox 360 remote) to scroll to My Xbox, and then select Windows Media Center.
When the Windows Media Center start screen appears on your TV, you can access media, watch live TV, or change settings the same way you would in Media Center on your computer.
If you're using an Xbox 360 as an Extender and you already have a Media Center remote, you can set up your Xbox 360 to recognize the remote. On your Xbox 360 dashboard, scroll to My Xbox, select System Settings, select Console Settings, select Remote Control, and then select Both Remotes.
For more information about using Media Center on an Xbox 360, check out the Media Center Quick Reference Guide on the Xbox website. It contains a detailed diagram that shows how to use different features in Media Center with an Xbox 360 controller or Xbox 360 remote.
You might need to remove an Extender connection from your computer and then install it again. This is common if you previously set up an Extender (such as an Xbox 360) to work with one computer, but you want to use the Extender with a different computer. You'll need to remove the connection with the first computer because an Extender can only be connected to one computer at a time.
To remove an Extender connection from your Windows 7 computer:
On the Windows Media Center start screen, scroll to Tasks, click Settings, click Extender, and then click the Extender device you want to remove.
Click Uninstall, and then follow the instructions to remove the Extender connection.
If you're using an Xbox 360 as an Extender, use your Xbox 360 controller to do one of the following:
Scroll to My Xbox, select System Settings, and then select Computers.
Select Windows Media Center, and then press the A button.
Press the B button repeatedly until you return to the System Settings screen.
If the Xbox 360 console has a hard drive or memory card, on the System Settings screen, select Memory.
Select Hard Drive, select Games, select Xbox 360 Dashboard, and then select Windows Media Center.
Select Delete, and then press the A button.
If your computer has no TV tuner, an optional analog or digital TV tuner is required to play and record TV in Windows Media Center.
Windows Media Center Extender makes it easy for you to enjoy Windows Media Center experiences anywhere in your home. While the Extender works much the same as Windows Media Center, it is a separate device and there are some differences. The Extender is always on and running, ready for you to turn on your TV, watch a show, or view some pictures.
After you have successfully set up your Windows Media Center Extender, you may need to add music, pictures, recorded TV shows, and videos to your library. You can do this in the same way that you add digital media files in Windows Media Center. For more information about how to add digital media to your library, see Add digital media files.
By default, the playlists you use in Windows Media Center to listen to music are stored in the Music folder for each user account. If a different folder is used for content copied from a CD, playlists are stored in that folder.
You can use the expand (+) or collapse (-) controls to browse to the folders that contain your playlists. Use the navigation buttons on the remote control to shift focus to the expand or collapse controls.
On the Start screen, scroll to Tasks, and then select Settings.
Select Library Setup.
Select Add folder to watch and then select Next.
Select one of the options under Which folders do you want to add?, and then select Next.
Locate the folder that contains the playlists, select the check box for that folder, select Next, and then select Finish.
Set up your Windows Media Center Extender.
Turn on the Xbox 360 console.
Start your Windows Media Center computer.
To start using Xbox 360 as an Extender, use your Xbox 360 controller to scroll to My Xbox, and then select Windows Media Center.
If you have the old Xbox 360 dashboard, you can find the Extender settings on the media blade.
Using your Xbox 360 remote control or controller, select the Windows Media Center content that you want to play.
Go to the Media Center Quick Reference Guide on the Xbox website for a detailed diagram that shows how to use different features in Windows Media Center by using the Xbox 360 controller.
Turn on your Extender.
You might choose to uninstall the Xbox 360 if you want to set up the Extender again with different settings. Or if you previously connected the console to one Windows Media Center computer and you want to connect the Xbox 360 console to a different Windows Media Center computer, you must first remove any existing connection between the Xbox 360 console and the first computer.
When you uninstall Xbox 360 as an Extender, the Media Center Extender account (named MCX1 by default) is removed from your Windows Media Center computer and all settings for the Extender are removed as well. After you uninstall the Extender, you can add it again at a later time.
To remove the Xbox 360 Extender connection, you must perform steps on both Xbox 360 and on the Windows Media Center computer.
On your Windows Media Center computer, start Windows Media Center.
On the start screen, scroll to Tasks, and then click settings.
Click Extender, and then click the Xbox 360 console.
Follow the steps in the Extender Uninstall wizard to uninstall the Extender.
On your Xbox 360, use your Xbox 360 controller to scroll to My Xbox, select System Settings, and then select Computers.
If the Xbox 360 console has a hard drive or a memory card, on the System Settings screen, select Memory.