How to Fix Windows 7/8 “Play To” feature when it stops working.

    “Play To” is a feature of Windows 7 and 8 that will push content from a local computer to a compatible rendering device. In my case, I push video files from my local computer to my Xbox 360 in just a few clicks. It works great… when it’s working.

    Thankfully when the “Play To” fails to open the application on the computer to push to a device, there’s an easy fix.
    Simply open Task Manager and look for “Windows Digital Media Controller Application” in processes and kill it.

    Then go back to the “Play To” menu and try again and it will work.

    • lucent1479

      What if the video plays fine after updating windows 8 to 8.1 but now the audio is all choppy?

      • Jonathan

        Unfortunately I’m not familiar with that issue. After my upgrade to 8.1 PlayTo continues to work without choppy audio. Check to see if there are updated audio drivers for your computer.

    • Nick

      what if the video works fine but it wont let you slide the selector to ‘seek?

      • Jonathan

        I’ve experienced this issue in the past with specific video formats. I haven’t seen it in a while though, so give the computer a reboot and try again with a set of different videos to see if you can find one that works.