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Windows 7: Why can't I play from shared library?


13 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Why can't I play from shared library?

I have a Win 7 HP laptop and a Win 7 RC PC (will be a 7 HP machine once I get a MB and maybe HDD). I can see a video library from the PC on the laptop, and even play from it, but WMC won't pick up the videos to allow me to play them. There are probably over 200 GB of videos. Again, the laptop can see the shared library but WMC won't populate its menu with the video files. do I need to wait a while for it to index them? I waited about 10 minutes with nothing showing up except a message about troubleshooting connections to libraries.

I should say that I'm plugged in to my router with both machines, I spent $6 on a network cable for this purpose.


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13 Jan 2010   #2

 

Does your router support Mulimedia Streaming? If so, is it on? Have you properly setup Homegroup sharing? If so, have you allowed the device (which in this case is the other PC)?
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13 Jan 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Can you see them in WMP? You should be able to play them with WMP, if they haven't been downloaded from someplace like Amazon.
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13 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AngelProcesser View Post
Does your router support Mulimedia Streaming? If so, is it on? Have you properly setup Homegroup sharing? If so, have you allowed the device (which in this case is the other PC)?
WMM support is for wireless streaming. Regardless, with it turned on I still can't get to the shared files in WMC.

Note that I said the laptop can see the library it's just that I can't use it in WMC.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
Can you see them in WMP? You should be able to play them with WMP, if they haven't been downloaded from someplace like Amazon.
I can see them in Explorer but WMP can't read the library, it tells me I need permission to access it.

WAIT... Missed a checkbox in the Homegroup sharing screen, it works now. It was the box for streaming media to other devices.
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13 Jan 2010   #5

 

Many routers are outdated by the current protocols required to stream MultiMedia. Wireless streaming is even newer.

Here's a good link to bookmark:

Engineering Windows 7 : Media Streaming with Windows 7
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14 Jan 2010   #6
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Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Quote:
WAIT... Missed a checkbox in the Homegroup sharing screen, it works now. It was the box for streaming media to other devices.
Thanks for replying back!
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