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I would like to stream media from my XP sp3 desktop to my Win7 laptop. I currently have Windows Media Player 11 on both machines. The XP one is set up for the media sharing service as far as I can tell. I have also set the 'Play To' option to my Win 7 machine on the XP WMP.

However, the only way I've been able to 'stream' is to simply tell my Win7 WMP to add a network folder to its libraries. This seems to work over the wifi but it does stutter a touch, even with a 20 second buffer. The stuttering also appears randomly, maybe 4-5 times during a 22 minute show.

I feel like I'm doing something wrong. Is this setup OK or am I missing something?

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Any compelling reason you don't just temporarily copy the files to your laptop? – David Oneill Nov 16 '10 at 17:02
No not really, just wanted to try out streaming and avoid that extra step – Robb Nov 16 '10 at 17:03
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You may try VLC:

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