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How do you stream videos from your computer/laptop to your Xbox 360?

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My friend’s been trying to stream videos from his laptop to his xbox 360. We’ve been able to stream music easily but not videos. According to microsoft, do we really have to get Windows Media Center? If so, is it possible to get it for free? We tried searching, and it only comes free with Vista Professional (he has Vista Home).

Or is there another way to stream videos to the xbox 360?

Thanks

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  1. Make sure the network is configured as a ‘private’ network and not a ‘public’ network. You can find and correct this in the ‘network and sharing center’ on your Vista PC. It will list the status next to the network name. If public, click ‘customize’ to the right and make it private.

    A public network setting will disable a number of the discovery services on the PC that the 360 needs in order to locate it. Also, you cannot share files on a public network, it will always revert back to being not shared.

    With that in mind, you should get WMP 11 to work, or even simply right click on a folder you want to share and share it. (I don’t use WMP 11 to share, myself) You’re not missing out too much on the media center because you still can’t play Divx/Xvid files through it. You can only play.WMV video files. Also, you don’t get visualization when playing music through media center. With simple sharing and streaming you get full screen visualization so your TV at least looks more interesting than a page showing a song title. =/

    Let me know if you have any more questions.

    Best of luck!

  2. you might want to try following this

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    It has worked for me. Its not much work and fairly easy.

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