Remote Potato: Access Windows Media Center Across Network

Microsoft Media Center didn’t receive much attention from users as a whole. Its market was niche and moreover, there were better alternatives to it such as the far-famed XMBC. All that changed when Windows 7 perfected the existing Windows Media Center, making it arguably one of the best (if not the best) central application to listen to music, watch videos and movies, and view images. It allows you to create a media library by specifying folders containing different types of data. Apart from all the useful features and an appealing and user-friendly interface, its major drawback is its inability to be portable (unless of course you have a portable device). Remote Potato takes care of this problem, and turns Windows Media Center into a server, allowing you to access your media from any PC with a browser and an internet connection. Just put in your PC’s IP address and gain remote access to your entire media library, eliminating the need to carry media around in a USB flash drive. Keep reading to find how to set it up.

The application wizard guides you through the complete setup process. During installation, enter a User name and Password in the Remote Library Access window and click Next to continue.

Remote Potato

Once the installation is complete, you will be required to configure Remote Internet Access when using the application for the first time. Choose the security settings and type of remote access. You will be given a local and an external IP address to access your media from the browser.

Setup Wizard All Done

Enter the details of a user whose media library will be shared by Remote Potato and click Save. It should be noted that Remote Potato doesn’t store the password, which is also clearly mentioned within the application.

Music Library Account

Once all details are entered, you will be able to access the main interface of Remote Potato. Select the folders and media that you want to share, and click the Play button available at the top left corner to start the remote server.


Remote Potato Running

Enter your PC’s IP address in the browser of another PC to gain access to your media library.

Remote Potato - Google Chrome

You can play your personal videos, movies, music and pictures directly from the browser without installing anything on the remote PC.

Remote Potato - Google Chrome Music

So there you have it, an easy solution to share media the way you want it. Remote Potato works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7.

Download Remote Potato

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  • http://www.greggdeselms.com/ Gregg L. DesElms

    Windows Media Center was introduced in XP, not Win7.  Granted, Win7’s particular flavor of Media Center is a little different from XP’s…

    …but it’s not different, to speak of, from the one in Vista.  Please stop getting this kinda’ stuff wrong.  Know your history.  Be thorough.  Windows 7 is not the first version of Windows.  Stop extolling its virtues as if it’s so good that all prior versions of Windows — that is if you all can even remember them (it seems that you’ve all cut your teeth on Windows using Windows 7 because it’s now all you ever talk about) don’t matter.  Windows 7 is just the latest version, not, by a longshot, the best.  Vista’s still out there; and those of us who suffered through all the registry hacks and whatnot which were needed to make it actually work are quite happy with it.  I’ve got Win7 on another machine, and I’ve customized it in gazillions of client machines, and it’s, seriously, just Vista, but fixed… with at least a few added features, but also with a few completely unnecessary limitations… like not being able to run native XP apps without a virtual machine.  Dumb.

    A little reality check, here, people.  Win7’s not all there is.  Vista’s still current.  Even XP is still in its extended support period.  Millions of users have them on their machines.  Please stop doing things like, for example, saying that a given tool works on Win7 when, in fact, it’ll also work on at least Vista, and sometimes XP, too.  List them all.  Stop pretending that only Win7 is relevant.  Those of you who’ve been around here a while, and have a long memory, will recall that complaining about this web site’s nasty habit of doing that is, I think, the very first comment I made around here.  You guys routinely say something is for Win7, but when I visit the maker’s site, Vista — and sometimes even XP- compatibility is listed there.

    Stop it!

    Oy. [shakes head in disbelief]

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    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

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