How to Stream and Broadcast on Internet your Music and Videos with Windows Media Player 12 in Windows 7

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wmp12One of the nice, but alas unknown, features in Windows Media Player 12 is the option which allows you to stream and broadcast the whole content of your Windows 7 Media Library on the Internet by using the new Windows Media Player 12.  This tutorial will teach you in a few easy steps how to set up your Internet connection so that you will be able to  enjoy your music, or whatever you have got  in the Media Library wherever you are!

  1. Open your Windows Media Player 12.
  2. Click the Stream Tab.
  3. Select Allow Internet Access to Home Media.
  4. Click Link an Online ID. This will let you access your files over the Internet.
  5. After clicking the Online ID link, you will be taken to a section of the Control Panel which will let you set up an online ID Provider.
  6. Now, click  Add an Online ID Provider. This will let you download a software from an external Microsoft website. Such a software, once installed will let you link your Windows Live ID with your Windows user account.  If you don’t have a Windows Live ID, click here to get one. This step is important to successfully continue with this tutorial.
  7. After you are finished with this procedure, you should be able to see your Online ID under Online ID Provider.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Now, the part regarding the computer hosting the files which will have to be streamed over the Internet is over. Let’s take care of the second computer, the one which will have to gain access to these files, remotely.
  10. So, on this  second computer, click Windows Media Player 12.
  11. Repeat the whole process from step 2 to step 8.
  12. Now, both computer should have Internet Access to Home Media turned on and Windows Live ID linked.
  13. Now, again, click the Stream Tab.
  14. Select Allow Internet Access to Home Media.
  15. On the window, you should be able to see another option, Diagnose Connections. Click it.
  16. A new window showing all your current connections will appear on your screen. If you don’t see the one you have just created, click the refresh button.
  17. At this point, go to Windows Media Player main window.
  18. Click Organize and Customize Navigation Pane.
  19. Click the drop down menu and select Other Libraries.
  20. Tick the Show Other Libraries box located at the end of the window.
  21. Tick the box next to the name of the computer host.
  22. Click OK.
  23. Done!

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