I'm posting this as a guide to fix media sharing issues between a PC running Windows Media Player 11 (WMP11) and an XBox 360.
The reason I am posting this is that questions about sharing media between a PC and the XBox 360 pop up on a semi-daily basis!
I'll set it up as a FAQ. Please post follow up questions in this thread. As new problems and solutions arise, I will try to summarize the solution in the first posts in the thread.
Before I even get started, there is an excellent Windows Media Player 11 Sharing FAQ
. Lots of answers are in this FAQ, and I will probably end up referring to it.Q: Do I need the Zune software installed in order to share media between my PC and my XBox 360?
A: No! This is a common misconception that is brought about by a rather confusing media sharing web page on the XBox web site. It is possible that the page was set up this way because the Zune software (which is really just a wrapper around WMP11) is made by a group that is in the same division as the XBox group. All you need to share media between a PC and an XBox 360 is Windows Media Player 11.Q: Do I need Windows Media Connect?
A: Not anymore! Windows Media Connect functionality was absorbed into Windows Media Player 11.Q: How do I set up Windows Media Player 11 to share media with my XBox 360?
Step 1: Turn on your XBox 360.
Step 2: Start up Windows Media Player 11.
Step 3: Right click in the border around WMP11 to bring up the menu.
Step 4: Select Tools->Options... An options window should pop up.
Step 5: Select the Library tab.
Step 6: Select the "Configure Sharing" button. A Media Sharing window should pop up.
Step 7: Select "Share my media". The XBox should appear in a box below the sharing checkmark widget.
Step 8: Select the XBox 360 and click "Allow."
Step 9: Select "OK"
You can also select the type of media to share by clicking on the Settings button in that same "share my media" window. There are lots of options there.Q: How do I play my shared media on my XBox?
A: I don't have my XBox in front of me right now, so I'll fill this in tonight. Q: Why isn't it working?
A: Here are some common issues.
First make sure that the Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service is started. This was the service that kept me from sharing my media. For some reason, the service was stopped on my computer.
1. Log on to your computer as an administrator.
2. Click Start, and then click Run.
3. In the Run box, type services.msc.
4. In Services, find "Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service", and then verify that the Status column indicates Started.
5. If the service is stopped, double click on the service. A window should pop up.
6. In that window, ensure that the startup type is "Automatic."
7. Click on the Start button in that window to start up the service.
8. Close the services windows and see if you can view your media on the XBox.Services that must be started:
SSDP Discovery - Must be started before the other two
UPnP Device Host
Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service
Problems with DRM files.
If you upgrade your computer's processor or hard drive or some other hardware components, your DRM files may no longer be valid.
I currently use Vista.
I was getting an error in the event logs:
A new media server was not initialized because WMCreateDeviceRegistration()
encountered error '0xc00d2751'. The Windows Media DRM components on your
computer might be corrupted. Verify that protected files play correctly in
Windows Media Player, and then restart the WMPNetworkSvc service.
Go into the registry editor (regedit.exe), and look at this key:
In there, there will be a "Datapath" variable. Double click it. The Value Data will show you where the DRM files live.
Mine lived at C:\\ProgramData\\Microsoft\\Windows\\DRM .
Trouble is that the files in there are hidden. So go up to "Organize" and select Folder and Search Options. Click on the view Tab. Then select Show hidden files and folders. Then you simply select everything in there and delete it.
Then you can go back to the Control Panel/Administrator Tools/Services and restart the "Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service". Or just reboot.
After that, sharing is fixed.