Windows 7 changed the way files are accessed on the network and that seems to be giving people a lot of grief. What you need to consider is that this is a media player to windows 7 NOT another computer. If you try to connect it like it is a computer that is where the problems start. So, the easy way:
Windows 7 has its own in-built streaming server. The benefit of the server is that it does not require passwords, network groups, firewall settings, or tricky security permissions. So here we go:
- Open windows explorer
2. Click Network located in lower left panel
3. You should see the WDTVLIVE listed as a device on the right
right click it and select media streaming options
In the window that appears , change it so it reads Allowed
uncheck Use default options
Check make all of the media in my library available to this device
Now select any folder you want to use for playing back on the WDTV
Right click it and pick Include in Library, pick the correct library for the type of media, video, photo, music
You can do that for as many folders and files as you like.
Libraries in windows 7 are like a group of shortcuts to files and folders categorized how you want to organize it. It does not move the actual file.
The files will show on the WDTV Live under MEDIA SEVERS not shares.
Enjoy your files
I forgot to add that another thing you can do after you have this set up is :
Open windows media player
play an mp3 file
On the right where the play/burn/sync tabs is at , select play
There should be a little icon below that and on the drop down WDTVLIVE, click it
Another window should open with the playlist and a control for the wdtvlive where you can play music, pause it, skip songs, etc without using the wdtv remote.
you can read all about the win7 streaming and remote control on MSDN.
If you want to use a 3rd party server, some things like FLAC seem to not be supported with the windows media server, tversity has a free version.