SOLVED: XBOX 360 Can’t Connect To Windows 8

Well this was a tricky one.  I installed Windows 8 Enterprise and found that my Xbox 360 VIDEO APP would not connect to my Win8 PC… or should I say any of my Win8 PC’s.  Very frustrating considering they are all tied together by a Home Group and the Xbox was activated as an Extender to my Media Center machines.

I thought this had to do with authentication.  I wanted to figure out how to enter my Windows 8 credentials in Xbox but, as you can see in the screen shots below, the solution was not so dramatic .

On your Windows 8 PC:

  1. go to the START tiles page
  2. type MEDIA SH
  3. select SETTINGS from the menu on the right
  5. Enable sharing with your XBOX


Xbox360: Can't connect.  Make sure you have activated this console on your computer.
Xbox360: Can’t connect. Make sure you have activated this console on your computer.




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    Holy Jesus July 19, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Thanks for this. Been googling for days and finally the right solution pops up! Very annoying this isn’t common knowledge.

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    alan May 15, 2013 at 9:17 am

    im sorry but what does this help you do, all i want to do is connect my xbox to my laptop so i can stream movies

    • Ian Matthews
      Ian Matthews May 19, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      I should help you connect your Xbox to your Windows 8 PC so that you can stream music and video content.

  3. Avatar May 14, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Nintendo Wii is often eleven points within the legislation LOL

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    Nintendo Wii May 7, 2013 at 9:39 am

    A new evidence of the nintendo ds elevates the dining ;

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    Mark May 6, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I don’t have media centre, must be a basic version of w8.
    How do I connect?

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    georege April 24, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    how can you play mkv videos with windows 8 and no media center on desktop

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    Satsuma Kawasaki March 9, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    i spent 2 hours trying to work this out i can,t believe how simple it actually is. Thank you so much!!!!!!!

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    Henrik Smids February 27, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Thanks for a good tutorial 🙂

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    Melack January 12, 2013 at 8:42 am

    I cant find the Xbox like you in the last Picture. why?

    • Ian Matthews
      Ian Matthews January 13, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      Sorry Melack; I am confused. If you don’t see that error then this article is not for you. The point of it is to explain how to “correct” that problem.

  10. Avatar November 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Ive tried this and i still cant connect, its still working on my wifes laptop running windows 7 but i have windoes 8 pro and the media center app but its not connecting, im picking up the xbox as xbox and xbox extender but they wont connect to each other.

    has anyone got any idea’s.

    • Ian Matthews
      Ian Matthews November 24, 2012 at 11:18 am

      I would have your PC leave the Home Group all together and then try to rejoin it.

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    braven November 10, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    thx man….that’s exactly what I need

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    Brandon November 3, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Wow thank you so much for this! You have no idea how long i’ve been trying to find how to do this.

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    Tim November 1, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Thank you so much! I cannot believe how diluted this process is!

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