Tip: How To play media available on Windows 8 FROM connected Entertainment Devices


Windows 8 can serve media available on it to connected Entertainment Devices. This makes it possible to enjoy your Videos or Photos on your living room wide-screen TV or play music on your networked AV Receiver. The technology that makes this possible is DLNA in disguise. Microsoft hardly mentions this anywhere.

For this to work, your Entertainment Devices should be DLNA enabled and in particular supporting DLNA Media Player profile.

This is the basic functionality supported by all DLNA enabled TV, Blu-ray Players, PS3, XBox, AV Receivers and other Media Players.

Setup your Media Library.

Follow the following steps to add media stored on your local hard disk to Media libraries on Windows 8.

  1. Launch Windows 8 Desktop App by clicking on the “Desktop” tile on your Start Screen
  2. Once on the Desktop, fire up “File Browser”(look for the Folder icon on your task bar on the Desktop)
  3. File Browser by default show your libraries in the window opened
  4. Double Click the library to which you want to add media files. For eg Music
  5. By default your My Music (in this eg) folder and C:\Users\Public\Public Music (in this eg) are available on the Library
  6. To add a different Folder to your library, Click on “Manage” menu from the File Browser menu bar
  7. Click on “Manage Library”
  8. A dialog box will open to add your folders containing media to the Library
  9. The “Library locations” section will list your existing folders available on the library
  10. To add a new folder location, Click on Add and then navigate to your folder of interest and click on “Include Folder”
  11. Repeat step 10 for additional folders if required
  12. Click OK to close the “Music Library Locations” (in this eg) dialog box
  13. Windows will scan and list the media files in the File Browser. You will see that it also displays the Meta data  in the listing
  14. Continue steps 4 to 12 for other media types as appropriate

Once the library is step up, you can find media files on newly added locations on Windows 8 built-in media apps like Music, Videos and Photos

Share your Media with in your network

Follow the following steps

  1. Invoke the Charms Bar
  2. Click on “Settings” then select “Change PC Settings”
  3. On the “PC Settings” column select “HomeGroup”
  4. Once selected you will see the “Libraries and Devices” settings on the left side
  5. Switch the toggle to “ON” for the Media types you want to share. Windows 8 may throw up a message that File Sharing needs to be enabled on your network if it’s currently disabled. Accept and continue.
  6. Under “Media Devices” section , enable the option for allowing your media devices to play the content

Your Media is ready for playback from your connected devices. On your Entertainment device’s respective menu, you will find your Windows 8 Machine name along with the user who is sharing listed under servers. You can navigate to the media folders and starts playing on your Entertainment Device.

Currently Windows 8 doesn’t do any media transcoding, so you will be only able to play media types supported by your Entertainment Device.

If your media is available on a network folder or NAS, the steps captured under “Setup your Media Library” will not work. In that case use Windows Media Center if available, to add your network location to the respective library.

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8 Comments on “Tip: How To play media available on Windows 8 FROM connected Entertainment Devices”

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  5. I would really love to see a way how to make metro media player add a shared folder location and find music in there!

    • Baiju Mohan says:

      When you are in the Metro App, invoke the Charms menu, Select “Preferences” under “Settings” , then click “Choose where we look for music on this PC”. A dialog box will open where you can manage the source for the music. Select the first Option with a “+” . On the following page, Click on “This PC” and select the appropriate option “Network” for a Shared folder on the network, or “Homegroup” for a shared folder from another user on the same PC or another PC on the same network.

      There was an issue where the metadata(album art, artist info etc) for the media on the shared folders are not displayed on the Metro App. Not sure this is resolved in the recent update.

  6. McVitas says:

    I would love to find a way to make the metro media player play music from a shared folder!

    • Baiju Mohan says:

      When you are in the Metro App, invoke the Charms menu, Select “Preferences” under “Settings” , then click “Choose where we look for music on this PC”. A dialog box will open where you can manage the source for the music. Select the first Option with a “+” . On the following page, Click on “This PC” and select the appropriate option “Network” for a Shared folder on the network, or “Homegroup” for a shared folder from another user on the same PC or another PC on the same network.

      There was an issue where the metadata(album art, artist info etc) for the media on the shared folders are not displayed on the Metro App. Not sure this is resolved in the recent update.


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