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Windows 7: Media Player won't stream

14 Feb 2014   #1

Windows 8.1.1
Media Player won't stream

I'm using Win 7 HP 64 bit, Media Player 12.

I just connected a Panasonic Viera smart TV and I wanted to stream video, pictures and music to it from my laptop. When I go into Media Player there is no Stream button, and if I go to Control Panel /Choose Homegroup and Sharing Options, the Share Media with Devices box is greyed out so I cannot select it.

Media Player sees the Viera TV but not the other way round.

Any ideas please< I've spent all day on this!. Done sfc /scannow OK, enabled some services that were disabled but I cannot pin it down.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Feb 2014   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Not knowing your Panasonic TV, here's how I am doing it on both Phillips and Samsung Smart-TVs:
  • Set up network connection on TV
  • Set up media streaming options on Windows:
    • Step 1.
      Media Player won't stream-2014-02-15_00h33_05.png
    • Step 2.
      Media Player won't stream-2014-02-15_00h34_41.png
      (Your TV might appear as Unknown Device.)
  • Using TV menu, find Browse PC or similar action:
    Media Player won't stream-wp_20140214_003.jpg
  • You should now see a list of those computers and Windows users which have turned media streaming on:
    Media Player won't stream-wp_20140215_005.jpg
  • Browse to your media and play on TV
Everything on user Public's media folders will be shared by default, if you want to share media on your personal user account you need to share the respective folders first.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Feb 2014   #3

Windows 8.1.1

Many thanks for the prompt response Kari. Sadly, I wasn't able to get very far at all.

I don't get the page with Advanced Sharing options so I don't get Media Streamimg options. But if I go to Choose Homegroup and Sharing options the Share media with devices is greyed out and nothing I do will make it available.

If I go to Advanced Sharing Settings Media Streaming, I'm told that media streaming is off and when I choose Media and streaming options I'm told Media Streaming is not turned on and that Media Streaming is disabled by Group Policy defined by your administrator. It then tells me to contact my administrator for policy details. I am the sole user of this system and am the administrator! I cannot even leave the Homegroup and rejoin to see if that would cure the problem.

I also have another spare laptop which I hardly ever use but I turned it on and Media Player has the Stream button showing and Media Streaming is already selected, not greyed out.

Does the Stream button in Media Player 'come to life' as a result of another setting elsewhere?

I appreciate your help. thanks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

15 Feb 2014   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


See this tutorial if it helps you: Media Sharing Using Windows Media Player - Enable or Disable

Option Two - Through the Local Group Policy Editor in the tutorial is the part I think could solve your issue.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Feb 2014   #5

Windows 8.1.1


I couldn't use the Through the Local Group Policy Editor as I have Home Premium but the reg file did the trick beautifully.

Thank you so much Kari, much appreciated!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Feb 2014   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


You are welcome!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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