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How to Stream Music and Video to Xbox One from Windows

Microsoft’s Xbox One and Windows 7, 8, and 10 play nicely with each other when it comes to streaming music and sharing data. This was the case with Xbox 360 and Windows too, where you could set up the Windows Media Center extender, or use the Play To feature in Windows 7 – which is also included in Windows 8 and Windows 10.

If you’re an experienced Xbox 360 user, the process is virtually the same on Xbox One, and probably works better. But if you’re new to the Xbox One or Xbox in general, here’s how to set things up so you can stream music files from your Windows PC to the console.

Stream Multimedia from Windows PC to Xbox One

First, on your PC, make sure that Media Streaming is turned on. You can find that in Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Media Streaming Options. Then on your Xbox One, go to Settings > Preferences and make sure Play To is checked like in the image below.

Xbox One Preferences

If this is a new Xbox One, you will also need to download the Xbox Music app. If you don’t have it installed already, if you try to play music from your PC, the Xbox will prompt you to download it.

Xbox Music App

Same goes for the video – you need to download the Xbox Video app to the console.

Xbox Video App

Now on your PC, find the music or videos you want to play, right-click the files and select Play To from the context menu and then XboxOne. You can choose media from your local machine, an external drive, or network locations.

For example, in the screenshot below I am streaming a song from my Windows Home Server.

play to windows 10

A small Windows Media Player screen comes up, and you can add more songs or videos to it and control playback playback.

Play to

Or you can use your Xbox One controller to manage playback of your media. For music files, if the meta data contains an album cover that will appear on the TV too.

Video on Xbox

Note: While FLAC and MKV files are supported in Windows 10, at the time of this article, the Xbox One hasn’t been updated with it yet, and those file types don’t work. But I would assume once the console is updated to Windows 10 that FLAC and MKV should be supported. I’ll keep you updated as things change.

There might not be a lot of reason to stream video – since you can run your cable into it, and it has a bunch of streaming video apps. But music from your computer to the Xbox One is especially nice if you have the console hooked up to a A/V receiver, speakers, and a pounding sub!

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4 Responses to How to Stream Music and Video to Xbox One from Windows

  1. Paul Frymire March 19, 2015 at 1:07 pm #

    It’s pretty obvious that this article was not written by someone who actually used the Xbox 360 as a Windows Media Center Extender. The Xbox One functionality is completely different and the widely considered inferior to the Xbox 360’s functionality. Unlike the Xbox One, the Xbox 360 allowed DLNA browsing (pull instead of push), and offered Windows Media Center Extender, allowing live streaming of television and DVR-like functionality.

  2. The Caged Rage September 4, 2015 at 4:57 am #

    I followed his instructions and downloaded the Media Center app on the Xbox One and the Pull is happening again.

  3. jeremy November 21, 2015 at 9:20 am #

    I followed his instructions and it seems worse to do it his way than over my way all I did was install tversity 1.9.7 because it is free and added my folders where my movies and music are. then I downloaded the media centre app on the xbox one and opened it. as long s your xbox one is on the same network as your pc all your movies and music will show up in the media centre easy as hell. I will make a youtube clip in the next couple of days to show everyone it is the easiest way to stream from pc to xbox 360 or xbox one as it is almost the same in every way and simple for the less talented with technology.

  4. Tim W. April 1, 2016 at 1:06 am #

    Ahhh Static Impulse!

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