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Windows 8.1, "Find Devices and Content" missing

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    Windows 8.1

    Windows 8.1, "Find Devices and Content" missing


    I posted this on the Microsoft forums as well, but I have yet to find a solution on Google....

    The title pretty much says it all. I am trying to use PS Media Server with Windows 8.1, but honestly whatever app I am using is irrelevant. The problem is, when I try to connect my PS3 to PS3 Media Server, it seems to require me to go into the right side menu, click settings, then change PC settings, then click network and then under connections, click my network connection and turn on "Find Devices and Content"



    However, as you can see from my screen shot, that option is missing.



    I am on my PERSONAL laptop, connected to a private network (it doesn't matter if I use my wireless or wired connection direct to the router it doesn't show up either way). I have tried enabling and leaving a homegroup, neither of which works.



    Windows 8.1 has been a giant disappointment thus far, and this just adds fuel to the fire.




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    Windows 8.1 Enterprise


    UPDATE: Universal Media Server has much better options and is current.. Universal Media Server


    Below you will find a guide which clearly outlines the necessary steps to use PS3 Media Server..

    The Leaf: PS3 Media Server Configuration

    Step 1 - Enabling UPnP on your Access Point / Router

    Step 2 - Enabling UPnP on your Windows 8 box


    **Make sure you have SSDP Discovery & UPnP Device Host set to Automatic**

    Step 3 - Install the latest JAVA Runtime Environment (JRE)

    Step 4 - Get and Install PS3 Media Server - https://code.google.com/p/ps3mediase.../Download?tm=2

    Step 5 - Configuring your local Firewall

    ** You must Allow a TCP connection using Port 5001 for inbound/outbound traffic**


    Step 6 - Connect!

    Start Media Server and wait for the PS3 to connect to it.
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    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by ectech View Post
    Below you will find a guide which clearly outlines the necessary steps to use PS3 Media Server..

    The Leaf: PS3 Media Server Configuration

    Step 1 - Enabling UPnP on your Access Point / Router

    Step 2 - Enabling UPnP on your Windows 8 box


    **Make sure you have SSDP Discovery & UPnP Device Host set to Automatic**

    Step 3 - Install the latest JAVA Runtime Environment (JRE)

    Step 4 - Get and Install PS3 Media Server - https://code.google.com/p/ps3mediase.../Download?tm=2

    Step 5 - Configuring your local Firewall

    ** You must Allow a TCP connection using Port 5001 for inbound/outbound traffic**


    Step 6 - Connect!

    Start Media Server and wait for the PS3 to connect to it.
    I already have done all this stuff. That blog is from 2009 before windows 8. Windows 8 and PMS require that you do what I outlined in my post. I don't need to get help setting up PMS I need help figuring out why windows is missing a critical feature on my device and how to remedy it.

    Thank you you for the help. But if you go here you will see what I am talking about with windows 8.

    PS3 Media Server ? View topic - PS3 Media Server and Windows 8

    windows 7 i have never had an issue and all of this is properly configured. Windows 8 doesn't work. Because of the mentioned setting.
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    Windows 8.1 Enterprise


    Have you tried Universal Media Server, according to the spec's it is better and newer then PS3 Media Server.
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    Windows 8.1


    Again. That doesn't solve the problem. Forget WHAT I'm using. Assume I'm just a user trying to find a missing option.
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    Windows 8.1 Enterprise


    I can see what your problem is. The picture you have included in your first post looks nothing like mine (as you know). My only advice would be to open Device Manager select your Network adapter and uninstall/reinstall it. Hopefully that would ask you if you want to allow sharing again.

    Edit: Find PCs, devices, and content on your network - Microsoft Windows Help
    Last edited by ectech; 27 Feb 2014 at 01:05.
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    Windows 8.1


    That doesn't work. It's a laptop without a network adapter. And I just bought a new network USB adapter for it yesterday as well. It doesn't show up as an option like it shows in your edited link on either the network adapter or the built in wireless adapter.

    Tell you guys what. Since this is such an annoying problem I will paypal someone $50 to figure it out.
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    It seems like that setting would be functional only if Network Discovery "Turn on automatic setup of network connected devices" and File and Printer sharing were enabled at the Advanced Sharing settings via the Network and Sharing Center.

    It might also be required to set the network as Private in order for the setting to show up.

    In fact I found the following statement in the link at the bottom of the page where many others have this same problem> Notice the part in bold. I think it's humorous that these people are calling it a work around when in reality the Network Discovery setting is completely standard procedure.

    First off - thanks for pushing this. I'm running a Surface 2 Pro and having the exact same issue as you are. It blows my mind that this is a known issue and the best MSFT can do is give us the runaround...

    I've not found a solution to turn on "Find devices and Content", but I found a workaround that has allowed me to find devices on my networks.

    I went to Windows Firewall and followed the link to Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall. I looked at the settings, and saw that Network Discovery was turned off. I changed the settings to allow Network Discovery on Private networks, and am good to go.

    Not sure if you've tried this or not, and also not sure if this directly addresses your problem, but I thought you might be interested.


    Four more pages with the same complaint > Missing Network Settings - "Find Devices and Content" - Microsoft Community

    There are other possible causes and solutions in the link, such as setting up another User account to test for User account corruption.

    I'm pretty sure that will fix the issue, it would be nice if it was reported back in even though there was never any real issue in the first place.
    Last edited by chev65; 28 Feb 2014 at 10:24.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matth3w View Post
    That doesn't work. It's a laptop without a network adapter. And I just bought a new network USB adapter for it yesterday as well. It doesn't show up as an option like it shows in your edited link on either the network adapter or the built in wireless adapter.

    Tell you guys what. Since this is such an annoying problem I will paypal someone $50 to figure it out.
    I was wondering if you'd figured this out.
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    windows 8.1


    If its not too late, I found a solution. Just uninstall your anti-virus... I had the same prob as you do. Disabling your anti-virus wont help, uninstall it for good.
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