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Windows 7: How to manage photos, videos & media

Get more from Windows' new multimedia features


The methods for photo and video importing, editing, and exporting have been all updated in Windows 7. We look at how to get started with these and other entertainment features of Windows 7.

Publish movies to YouTube

Windows Live can host your finished movie at Microsoft Soapbox, enabling your friends and family to view it from their web browsers. But if you already have a YouTube presence, you can add a plug-in called LiveUpload to upload to that site from within Movie Maker.

Visit the LiveUpload page, and click Download Now to grab the plug-in. Save and run the file, following the installer's instructions; the installation takes just a few seconds.

Restart Movie Maker, open the Home tab if needed, and press the bottom half of Publish. (Click on the word or below it.) Select LiveUpload to YouTube. Enter your username and password, and click Sign In.

Enter a title, add a description, and complete the other details; then click Publish. Movie Maker will prepare the movie and upload it to your YouTube account. The process may take anywhere from several minutes to more than an hour, depending on the length of the video.

Stream media over the internet

Windows 7 adds some great streaming tools, including one that lets you listen to your home music on another Windows 7 PC over the internet.

Like other online features, internet streaming requires a Windows Live ID. Visit Windows Live home page to sign up for free, if haven't already registered there.

Open the User Accounts Control panel, and choose Link online IDs. Select Add an online ID provider, and click the Windows Live logo in the newly opened web page. Download the file (either 32-bit or 64-bit) that corresponds to your Windows 7 installation. Then run the installer.

The host PC (the PC that holds the media files) must be set up in a Home network and a HomeGroup.

If yours isn't configured this way, click the Stream menu and select Turn on media streaming with HomeGroup. Follow the prompts, or skip this routine if you already have a HomeGroup.

Select Stream, Allow internet access to home media. If you don't see that option listed, choose Link an online ID.

The User Accounts Control panel will open again. Select Link online ID, enter your log-in info, and press Sign In. Click Close.

Back in Windows Media Player, select Allow internet access to home media, press Yes, and click OK. Leave this computer running whenever you want to share media.

Repeat these setup steps on the remote PC: Link the account with your Windows Live ID, and activate streaming. Once you've finished, the home media will appear under the 'Other Libraries' heading.

You can browse and stream music, pictures, and video there. Note that corporate firewalls may block this streaming service if you are at work or on some other high-security network.

Home entertainment advice

NEXT PAGE: Control media streaming on your local network

  1. We show you how to get more out of Windows 7's new multimedia features
  2. Get Windows Live Essentials
  3. Publish a Photo Gallery online
  4. Import photos and videos into Windows Live Movie Maker
  5. Publish movies to YouTube
  6. Control media streaming on your local network
  7. Activate Windows Media Player lightweight playback mode


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