Update : Allow Internet Access to Home Media…Too Many Devices linked?

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Way back (in March 09) I blogged about the way Windows 7 enables you to share your Home Media via the Internet with Media Player 12. Every time I installed a new build (or another device) I linked it to the same Windows Live ID. This wasn’t a problem…until now!

Just after the release of Windows Live Movie Maker and my decision to remove OS X (hackintosh) from my pc to return to my favorite OS…OS 7 ehh..Windows 7, I tried to add my fresh installed pc to be able to play my home media when I’m on the road.

Then something strange happened. I followed the same procedure as always, but this time linking my device to my Windows Live ID failed!

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Oke, I can understand that the number of deviced you can link is limited, but I can’t find a way to remove any of the prehistoric devices (all the ‘old’ Windows 7 installations and my virtual machines) from the list.

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As you can see in the picture above my pc (PCHELMER) is shown twice. In total you can link up to ten devices to one Windows Live ID (I’m unable to link the 11th one).

Update : I’ve had contact with Microsoft about this issue and all they could only tell me the following : It’s a know issue, and we are working on it!

WORKAROUND : Link your devices to another (or new) Windows Live ID so you can connect 10 different devices again.

I’m not sure when it will be fixed, or what the fix is going to be….but if there is a fix I will update my blog.

How-to Share your media across the internet with Windows 7

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Wouldn’t it be nice if you could share your media collection with your friends across the internet just by giving them access by their (for example) Windows Live ID? Today I ran into an article which talks about Internet access to home media. In this how-to I will explain how you can configure this!

Step 1 : Start Media Player

Step 2 : Select the Stream button on the top left

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Step 3 : Select Allow internet access to home media

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Step 4 : Select Link an online ID

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Step 5 : Select Add an online ID provider (an browser session is started)

Step 6 : Click Windows Live (right now the only one available)

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Step 7 : Download and install the Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistant 6.5 (Beta)

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When the installation is finished you’re back at the Link Online IDs page in Windows where you should see something like the screenshot below (the WindowsLiveID Online ID Provider is available!)

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Step 8 : Click the Link online ID link in the highlighted area, enter your credentials and click Sign in.

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After a few seconds you’re back at the Link Online IDs page, but now you can see that your Windows Live ID is now connected to your Windows Username. Click Ok to close this screen.

Step 9 : Now go back to the Internet Home Media Access window and click Allow Internet access to home media. When finished you should see a message like the screenshot below.

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So now you can use this computer abroad to access media at computers still at your home! You can also let authorized users access media on the computer on which you configured internet access!

Step 10 : Access shared media through Media Player.

When you open Media Player you can see the media which is available just below the Other Libraries in the right pane (see the screenshot below). I’m not sure how you can invite other users to access your shared media by using their Windows Live ID, but when I know how to do that…I’ll update this post :-). The Media Player below is the one running on my laptop and I’m accessing music on my pc…

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