Gaming: Connect an Xbox 360 to your Windows PC
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Gaming: Connect an Xbox 360 to your Windows PC

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Got movies and music on your PC? We'll show you how to stream through your Xbox 360 right onto your TV screen.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:06 >> Sure the Xbox 360 can play games, but it can also play movies and music. In fact it can easily connect to your Windows PC and pull said music and movies off your computer and on your TV. I'm Tom Merritt, editor from CNET.com. In this edition of Insiders Secrets, I'll show you how to easily connect your PC to your Xbox 360. You'll need to have your Xbox 360 connected to your home network and we've got other videos that will show you how to do that. Once you've got that done make sure your Windows XP has service pack two, XPSP two, download that. Once that's all taken care of, you'll need one of the following pieces of software: either Windows Media Player 11 or Microsoft's Zoon software. Either one will work in fact you might already have an old version of Windows Media Player, so if you want to upgrade it go into the Windows Media Player, choose help then choose check for player updates. Then run the upgrade program. Once Windows Media Player 11 is installed, make sure your Xbox is on. In Windows Media Player click library, media sharing, then select share by media, and okay. Your console should show up, click it and press allow. Now go to your Xbox. Go to the media area. Select either music, pictures or video, I'll pick video as an example. Then select computer, then select something to play. Now you've got video streaming off your PC through your Xbox onto your TV. Works for MP3's as well. Now if you want to take music off your Zoon, use the Zoon software. Click options, library, media sharing, then select share my media. Select your options then choose okay. Hilariously you cannot connect to both the Windows Media Player and the Zoon software at the same time. To switch between the two, go to your Xbox 360?s system area, select computers, there you can disconnect from one and reconnect to the other. Whichever way you connect, it's nice to know that the movies and music that you download on your PC can be transferred to your TV via the Xbox 360. Take that Apple TV. That's it for this edition of Insiders Secrets, I'm Tom Merritt for CNET.com. Stay connected. ^M00:02:22 [ Music ]

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