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How to Stream Media Files to Xbox One from a Windows 10 PC

When it comes to streaming media files, i.e., music and video from Windows 10 to Xbox One, it is fairly straightforward and works out of the box. Xbox One supports DLNA, and any device which can stream can connect to Xbox one for streaming videos and music files. In this post, we will share how you can stream media files to Xbox One from a Windows 10 computer.

How to Stream Media Files to Xbox One from a Windows 10 PC

Windows 10 to Xbox One Cast to Device

When you stream content from Windows 10, Xbox One plays it using Movies & TV and Groove Music application. So before you start, make sure these apps are installed on the console. Also, both PC and Xbox One should be available on the same network.

  • Navigate to the folder where your media files are stored.
  • Select the one you want to stream, and right-click on it.
  • Hover your mouse over Cast to the device, and if they are on the same network, your Xbox One will be listed there.
  • The name of the Xbox will be the same as you have set up during the first setup.
  • Click on the console name, and depending on the media, Xbox One will launch Groove or Movies & TV app.

Once the video or audio starts playing on your Xbox, you will get a small Windows Media Player screen. You can add more files, including pictures, music, and audio. A basic playback is offered to control. On the Xbox One, you can use the controller to pause, play, and stop media playback.

The cast to the device is also available from the Windows Player or any other player which supports this option.

Related: How to stream from Edge to Xbox One

How to Stream Music & Video from Windows 8 to Xbox 360

Windows 8 has a feature called Play To, which allows playing Digital Media to any Windows Certified DLNA device like XBOX 360 or a SMART TV that supports this feature. At the time of Windows 7, we have tried connecting using the Media Centre. Still, it was a painful and long process because of issues like Firewall and security restrictions, Windows 8 Play To and Windows 10 Casting feature has changed it drastically where connecting to an Xbox takes no time.

First, we will configure Windows 8 and then use the Xbox 360

  • Go to PC Settings > HomeGroup > Media Devices
  • Turn this on by selecting the toggle button.  It will make sure that Windows 8 is visible to any DLNA compatible device on the same network.
  • It also makes sure that any shared content is accessible to that device.
  • If you can see that, you are all set, but if you try to access, you might see nothing in the playlist or album section. So let’s share music and video on Xbox 360. By default, Windows 8 shares Library Content. In case you do not have anything there, right-click on your video or music folder and select Include in Library > Music or Video. It will make sure the folder is listed there.

  • Turn On the Xbox 360 and sign in to your profile.
  • Go to MY Apps and make sure you have the Music and Video Apps installed.
  • Select any of them, and you should be able to see your Windows 8 machine listed as Machine-Name@yourliveid@microsoftaccount
  • Next, repeat the steps using the My Apps > Music or Video App on your Xbox 360, and it should be listing all your folders, video, and music files. You will be able to create the music playlist etc. and keep using it.

Things to Notice :

  • One thing you will notice is even after you shut down your Windows 8 PC, the computer will remain listed but will give connection error when you try to connect.
  • There is no way to remove it from the listing.
  • I have tested it with a different profile. It should not be the case, but it is only possible to connect using your profile. I will update this when I test it around.
A die-hard fan of Windows, PC Gaming, and Xbox. He is a seasoned content writer with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He is a specialist in writing about Windows, software reviews, troubleshooting Windows, and automation.


  1. I think he was assuming the reader had some amount of technological know-how. It’s not as if you can just search for it from the start menu or something…

  2. This worked PERFECTLY. The only complaint is that when you view an entire artist, it doesn’t show the albums it just shows all songs by them.

  3. •Select any of them and you should be able to see your Windows 8 machine listed as Machine-Name@yourliveid@microsoftaccount



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