Windows Media Connect Folder Sharing Won’t Start

After installation the next barrier that folks can hit is service startup.  It looks something like this.  You run through the first-run wizard and after it is all done you get a popup balloon that says “Folder sharing failed to start”.  That doesn’t sound good so you click on the bubble and the Windows Media…

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Resume

I started working on WMC 2.0 in the fall of 2004 just as it was coming together as a project.  WMC v1 had just been shipped and we were trying to figure out what the v2 would look like.  Over the course of the next year I spent most of my time on WMC v2…

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Manual Installation instructions for Windows Media Connect

For various reasons, it is often useful to have instructions for manual install or uninstall of an application. Perhaps you’d just like to “reset” all of the settings without actually deleting or re-adding any of the files.  Here are the manual install and uninstall steps for Windows Media Connect.  Note, these are not officially supported,…

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Windows Media Connect doesn’t share my files from a network share

So, all of the issues from the previous post apply here.  The file must be the right type, have the right permissions, and be parsed.  However, there are a couple of different things to consider that are unique to network shares.  There are a couple of ways that you can get access to data on…

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Windows Media Connect and Domains

A surprising number of people are running domains in their homes.  Windows Media Connect (WMC) can work on a domain joined PC.  Nearly every computer at Microsoft is joined to one of the corporate domains.  That was true of me as well as I worked on WMC. So, I daily streamed music from a domain…

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Windows Media Connect can’t see my DMR: III

You’ve run the UPnP enumeration script and everything shows up just fine.  That means that the problem is inside WMC itself.  For some reason Windows Media Connect (WMC) a is getting device notifications from UPnP but isn’t showing the device.  So, Let’s take a look at what happens when WMC gets a device notification. Unlike…

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Windows Media Connect can’t see my DMR: IV

You’ve been trying to get it to work but Windows Media Connect (WMC) doesn’t see your device, and neither does the UPnP Subsystem.  We figured that out by running the script pasted to the blog a few entries back.  What could be causing this?  Let’s get past a few basic questions before we get usual…

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My Digital Media Receiver can’t see Windows Media Connect

You’ve got everything hooked up and Windows Media Connect (WMC) can see your Digital Media Receiver (DMR) but your DMR can’t see WMC. This one is very interesting.  Let’s take a look at what could cause this problem.   When the DMR wants to find WMC (or vice versa) it sends out an SSDP MSEARCH…

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Windows Media Connect can’t see my DMR, Part II

You’re sitting there at your PC next to the open box for your Digital Media Receiver (DMR) and you can’t authorize your DMR because it doesn’t show up in WMC. We had a little lesson on the theory of how SSDP discovery works with WMC, but how do you track down the problem?  Answer: Divide…


Transforming Map Data for Display

Now that we’ve got some map data it would be great to actually display it.  But that still isn’t an easy job.  The problem is that we’ve got two wildly different coordinate systems.  For the map data, we’ve got degrees latitude and degrees longitude and for our display surface we’ve got window coordinates with the…