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.

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From anywhere in your home, you can use Windows 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.

System requirements

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

New features

Windows Media Connect 2.0 offers the following improvements over Windows Media Connect 1.0:

  • Improved performance

  • 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 remove Windows Media Connect 2.0, use the Add or Remove Programs tool in Control Panel.

Release history


Release date

Windows Media Connect 1.0

August 16, 2004

Windows Media Connect 2.0

October 10, 2005

The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.

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