This article describes the Microsoft Windows Media Connect 2.0 update that is now available. The article lists the minimum system requirements to install Windows Media Connect 2.0. This article also provides a link that you can use to download the program.
From anywhere in your home, you can useWindows Media Connect 2.0 and a digital media receiver (DMR) to experience music, photos, and movies that are stored on a Windows XP–based computer. Windows Media Connect delivers media files to devices that support the UPnP protocol. These devices include digital audio receivers, connected DVD players, set-top boxes, and more. After you install Windows Media Connect 2.0, you may have to restart your computer.
The following hardware and software are required to use Windows Media Connect:
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows XP Professional SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition SP2, or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP2
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01, Netscape Navigator 4.7, or a later version of either browser
Note An Internet browser is required to view the Help files.
A 233-megahertz (MHz) processor, such as an Intel Pentium II or an Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) processor
Note A 1-gigahertz (GHz) processor or a faster processor is recommended for optimum support of Windows Media digital rights management (DRM) content.
64 megabytes (MB) of Random Access Memory (RAM).
Note 128 MB of RAM is recommended.
80 MB of available hard disk space
Note Approximately 300 MB is recommended to use the System Restore feature.
An Ethernet (802.3) or Wi-Fi (802.11a, 802.11b, or 802.11g) network adaptor
Windows Media Connect 2.0 offers the following improvements over Windows Media Connect 1.0:
Expanded device support
Streamlined device configuration
Fewer network requirements
Fewer software requirements
Support for Universal Naming Convention (UNC) locations
Support for removable storage locations
Support for the Advanced Systems Format (ASF) file format
Improved browsing on devices
Better integration with Windows Firewall
Streamlined user interface
Download Windows Media Connect 2.0
To download Windows Media Connect 2.0 or for more information about the product, visit the following Microsoft Web page:
To removeWindows Media Connect 2.0, use the Add or Remove Programs tool in Control Panel.
Windows Media Connect 1.0
August 16, 2004
Windows Media Connect 2.0
October 10, 2005
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