Media Sharing stops working after reboot (Vista x64)

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by kfscoll, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. kfscoll

    kfscoll Guest

    Hopefully someone has run into this issue before. I can get Media Sharing
    (enabled through WMP11) working without any trouble. I can quickly verify
    that my library is being shared by double-clicking on "Network" on my desktop
    -- in the Explorer window that opens I see my local computer's Media icon.

    However, whenever I reboot my computer, media sharing doesn't immediately
    work -- connected computers can't see shared media files even though Media
    Sharing is still enabled in WMP. What's more, the Media icon doesn't appear
    in Network on my local computer.

    The only way I've found to remedy this is to uncheck the "Share my media
    to:" box in WMP (Library - Media Sharing), click OK, then go back in and
    recheck the "Share my media to:" box and click OK. This allows networked
    computers to see and access my media library and the Media icon reappears in

    Either this is an undocumented bug (or at least I couldn't find anything on
    it) or I'm missing something really easy. FWIW, my other two Vista machines
    don't share this problem, but they're both running 32-bit Vista Home Premium
    as opposed to x64 Vista Home Premium.

    Please help!
    kfscoll, Feb 20, 2009
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