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Useful FAQ for configuring an Xbox 360 as a Media Center Extender

Useful FAQ for configuring an Xbox 360 as a Media Center Extender

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I have been asked several questions recently related to setting up an Xbox 360 with a Windows XP Media Center 2005 system for use as a Media Center Extender.  I recently found a pretty good FAQ page that is posted on the Media Center site that I wanted to link to here.  Specifically, the following topics are covered:

  • Networking issues, including wireless network configurations
  • Installation requirements on the Media Center PC
  • Supported video and audio formats that can be played back on the Xbox 360
  • Adding music, pictures and videos on the Xbox 360 console

There are also several other topics covered in this FAQ.  I encourage you to take a look at this page if you run into any questions about what features are available with an Xbox 360 Media Center Extender or about how to setup an Xbox 360 to act as an Extender.

There are also some useful links on the Xbox site related to Media Center and PC connectivity issues:


  • Hi Aaron,

    I've been spending the last couple of days getting my Xbox (original, not 360) set up as a media centre extender to my Win XP MCE 2005 RU2 laptop. After a few hiccups, I have got it sorted to a point where the media centre menu loads up on the Xbox, and I can navigate through with no worries - I can also see the files which are on my computer. I can view pictures fine, but whenever I try to watch video files or Live TV (or Recorded TV) I run into issues. I am getting a mix of "Video Error" and "Application Failure" errors. Everything works fine when viewed on my PC.

    Have you got any suggestions? Please let me know if you need any further info.

  • Hi Downhilljon - I'm sorry but I don't have any experience troubleshooting this type of issue with an original Xbox extender.  I'd suggest posting a question at one of the following locations and hopefully someone there might be able to suggest some workarounds for you to try:



  • Hello Aaron,

    I'm at my wit end with several Media Center hiccups . But to not delve out of the general topic of this thread,  I'd like to -- for the moment -- just request you help with a problem  I'm having that is similar to the one carl.morris had.

    Like him, I have an a PC running  MCE2005 and an xbox360 I'd like to network with it.

    (Other basic computer software info.,

    -MCE Version: 5.1.2715.27773(xpsp(wmbla). 051011-0745) ur2

    -Gen. Sys. Prop.: Win XP MCE2002 Serv. Pack 3

    - C drive configuration: Basic, NTFS)

    As for my  problem:

    Given my MCE Version, at xbox.com/pcsetup I click on the third option -- "Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 – Update Rollup 2."

    From there I'm able to successfully download and install the "Media  Center Update." Then, when  when I try to install the "Media Center Extender software, Media Center spits the following message:

    "Unsupported Operating System

    Media Center Extender software require       Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

    This computer is running an unsupported version of Window XP. [....]"

    And that's the wall I'm at.

  • Hi Rainl - There are a couple of registry values that are used by Media Center Extender setup to determine whether or not your OS is Windows XP Media Center Edition.  Can you please check and see if you have both of the following values set to the specified values on your system?

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media Center]

    Ident = 3.0 or 3.1


    Installed = 1 (this must be a REG_DWORD)

  • Aeron, thanks for the prompt reply, specially coming after a long holiday weekend.

    Here are the the values I get after following those paths,

    [...]/CurrentVersion/Media Center:

    Ident = 3.0


    Installed = 0x00000001(1)

    (Identified as REG_DWORD under Type)

    Once again, thanks a bunch.

  • Hi Rainl - Those values look correct to me.  Just to confirm, is the Ident value a REG_SZ data type?

    Can you please zip up your log files from the list at http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/archive/2006/03/21/556297.aspx, post them to a file server, and reply here with a link so I can take a look and see if I can spot any other potential problems that could cause this type of error?

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