How to stream your media files over the Internet with Windows 7.

If you have music on the hard disk of your Windows 7 computer at home, you can play those files on your Win7 laptop when you’re away from home (yes, both computers have to be running Windows 7, any edition except Starter or Home Basic). How to do it? Set up remote streaming and connect your Windows Live ID with the user accounts on both of your computers. Here’s how:

  1. Open Windows Media Player and click Stream.
  2. Select “Allow Internet access to home media.”
  3. In the Internet Home Media dialog box, select “Link an online ID.” You must use the same Windows Live ID for both computers.
  4. Again in this dialog box, select “Allow Internet access to home media.”

Enter administrator credentials or confirmation if prompted to do so. Note that the home computer where the media files are stored can’t be a member of a Windows domain. In some cases, you might need to manually configure your router to allow streaming. Find out how to do that, and instructions for other scenarios, in this article:

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