How to selectively share media libraries between PCs


Windows 7 makes it easy to share your media files (music, pictures, videos) between multiple computers in your home. The easiest way is to set up your home network as a Homegroup, in which case media streaming is enabled for all devices and PCs by default. But what if you don’t want to share your media with everyone, just with certain computers and devices? No worry – here’s what you need to do:
1.- In Windows Media Player, in the Player Library view, click the Stream button just to the right of the Organize menu.
2.- Click More Streaming Options.
3.- In the dialog box, you’ll see a list of devices on the local network. You can click the button to Allow All or you can Block All, or you can select Allow or Block for each individual computer or device.

After you set up media sharing on a computer, you’ll be able to play the files in its library from the other computers on your network for which you’ve allowed access. In Windows Media Player on the second computer, click Other Libraries. Just expand the list beneath the first computer’s name in the Other Libraries group and you can browse through the library, similarly to the way you browse through the media libraries on your local computer.

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