How To Disable Windows Media Player 12 Sharing

How To Disable Windows Media Player 12 Sharing

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Anthony Nguyen
Aug 9, 2010

Q - Lovin' my new Windows Home Server. One thing bugs me now... Media Player 12 on my Windows 7 PC is integrating into the libraries feature and duplicating the WHS library across all users/machines. At any given time I can have a huge list of media libraries on my PS3/360 or PC. I only need one. How can I stop Media Player 12 from sharing?

Update: This also seems to solve issues with people using PS3 Media Server and running into DLNA 7531 errors while streaming. Cheers!

A - Yeah, this one's an annoying one. Microsoft for some reason or another thought it'd be smart to hide Windows Media Player media sharing options into the Network Settings panel. Why? Who knows.

Here's how to disable it:

1) Go to Network and Sharing Center (found by clicking your wireless/Ethernet icon in your taskbar)
2) Select Homegroup and Sharing Options
3) Select Choose Media Streaming Options
4) Click Block All
5) That's it

Now your libraries should be clean and consistent without having to deal with WMP 12's annoying integrated features. Enjoy the cleaner network architecture!

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