Network and Internet Add or Remove Media Server in Windows 11 File Explorer


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DLNA media streaming allows you to share media from your account's personal Music, Pictures, PlayLists, and Videos folders to other users (same computer), computers, and DLNA supported devices on your network. It also allows you to receive media from other computers and DLNA supported devices.

If you turned on DLNA media streaming, your media library will automatically show as a media server in File Explorer > This PC on all devices you allowed to share you media library with.

You can remove a media server someone allowed your Windows device to access if you no longer want this media server to show in your File Explorer > This PC.

You can also always add the removed media server back to show in your File Explorer > This PC so long as your Windows device is still allowed to access the shared media library.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a media server in File Explorer > This PC for all users in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Remove Media Server from File Explorer > This PC
  • Option Two: Add Media Server to File Explorer > This PC


EXAMPLE: Media library displayed as a media server device on your allowed Windows PC in File Explorer > This PC

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Option One

Remove Media Server from File Explorer > This PC


1 Open This PC in File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Under Network locations, right click on the media server (ex: "brink-spectre") you want to remove, and click/tap on Remove device. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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4 The media server should now be removed. If not, then close and reopen File Explorer to apply.




Option Two

Add Media Server to File Explorer > This PC


1 Open This PC in File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Click/tap on the See more (3 dots) button on the command bar, and click/tap on Connect to media server. (see screenshot below)

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3 Select an available media server (ex: "BRINK-SPECTRE") you want to add back, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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4 The media server will now be installed, and the window below should automatically close when finished.

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5 If the media server is still not showing in File Explorer > This PC, then close and reopen File Explorer to apply.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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