How to Turn On or Off DLNA Media Streaming on Windows

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This article describes steps to enable or disable DLNA Media Sharing or streaming on Windows 11.

DLNA media streaming in Windows allows you can browse, search and play the media on your Windows computer using a UPnP or DLNA-enabled devices such as a phone, TV, or game console.

When media streaming is enabled on your Windows computer, you will also receive media from other computers and DLNA-supported devices.

Devices to which you want to share or receive content must be connected to the same network to see Windows-shared DLNA resources.

Below is how to enable or disable DLNA media streaming on Windows 11.

How to enable or disable DLNA media streaming on Windows 11

As described above, DLNA media streaming in Windows allows you can browse, search and play the media on your Windows computer using a UPnP or DLNA-enabled device such as a phone, TV, or game console.

Below is how to enable or disable it in Windows 11.

First, open the Control Panel app.

When the Control Panel app opens, navigate to the path as described below.

Control Panel -> Network and Internet -> Network and Sharing Center -> Media streaming options

In the Media streaming option settings pane in the Control Panel app, click the button that says “Turn on media streaming” as highlighted below to enable DLNA media streaming.

windows 11 turn on media streaming button in control panel
windows 11 turn on the media streaming button in the control panel

When media streaming is turned on, your network profile and firewall settings will be modified. So, you should only use media streaming on a trusted network such as your home and work.

windows 11 media streaming default settings
Windows 11 media streaming default settings

The default media streaming settings will stream by default all content ratings from your Music, Pictures, Recorded TV, and Videos folders.

You can change that from the settings window.

windows 11 media streaming settings pane
Windows 11 media streaming settings pane

If you wish to disable Media streaming in Windows, 11, simply navigate to the path above and click click the button that says “Block All” as highlighted below.

windows 11 disable media streaming for all
windows 11 disable media streaming for all

How to enable or disable media streaming using Windows local group policy editor

In Windows, you can use its Local Group Policy Editor to enable and disable features and settings. The same steps above can be done using Windows Local Group Policy Editor.

Below is how to do that.

First, open Local Group Policy Editor by clicking on the Start Menu and searching for Edit group policy as highlighted below.

Under Best match, select Edit group policy to launch Local Group Policy Editor.

windows 11 edit group policy
windows 11 edit group policy

In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, expand the tree: 

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Media Player

In the Windows Media Player details pane on the right, locate and double-click the setting Prevent Media Sharing.

windows 11 local group policy editor prevent media sharing
windows 11 local group policy editor prevent media sharing

On the Prevent Media Sharing window, set the option to Not ConfigureEnabled, or Disabled.

  • Not Configured (default)
  • Enabled 
  • Disabled
windows 11 prevent media sharing options in local group policy editor
Windows 11 prevent media sharing options in the local group policy editor

Select OK to apply your changes.

Close Local Group Policy Editor.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

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