How do I connect my Xbox to my computer?

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope

Note: This page provides instructions for connecting your Xbox to your computer, for viewing media content on your computer through your Xbox. Instructions for flashing your Xbox or copying Xbox games to your computer are not provided.

Setting up Xbox sharing on the PC

Connect the Xbox to your home network, either by using a network cable between it and a router or, if the Xbox has a wireless adapter, connecting to your wireless home network.

Next, make sure your computer has Windows XP Service Pack 2 or a later version of Windows (e.g., Windows Vista, 7, or 8). You also need to have Windows Media Player 11 or higher installed on your computer.

Windows Media Player 12

With Windows Media Player 12, in the Library, find the Stream option in the menu bar (shown below). Click on Stream and select Turn on media streaming with HomeGroup. Make sure the Xbox is listed and that the Allowed check box is checked (shown below).

Xbox sharing

If media streaming is not turned on, you will receive a prompt. Once it is turned on, under Stream in Media Player, you can set up media streaming to your homegroup (home network). You are required to set up a password for your homegroup, which you can then use to connect your Xbox to the homegroup and view the media content on your computer.

Windows Media Player 11

With Windows Media Player 11, go to the Library, then Media Sharing. Click the box for Share My Media and click OK. The Xbox console should show momentarily, and when it does, select Allow. Then, on your Xbox, go into the Media section and you should be able to select the media to play from your computer.

Setup Complete

Doing the above steps will effectively turn your Xbox into a media center system, connecting your computer to your Xbox, TV, and home theater system.

Connecting to the PC on the Xbox

Push the Xbox button in the center of the remote for the Xbox Guide, then select Media and choose System Video Player, System Music Player, or Picture Viewer. Once selected, you can browse that type of media on your computer.

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