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How Do You Enable UPnP on your Computer?

October 2nd, 2012 | Posted by Costea Lestoc in Networking

In today’s tutorial, I will help you to enable UPnP on your computer. UPnP stands for Universal Plug and Play and it is a specific network protocol that allows you to link several of your wireless devices together for the purposes of streaming content.  This could for example allow you to stream video or movies directly from your laptop to your TV.

You will first require a laptop that has Windows XP, Vista, or 7.


For Windows 7:

  • Go to the Control Panel.
  • Click the icon for Network and Sharing Center.
  • Click a link titled “Change Advanced Sharing Settings” on the left pane.
  • You will then  see an option called “Turn on Network Discovery,” select this option.
  • UPnP has now been enabled your machine.

For Windows Vista:

  • Go to the Control Panel.
  • Click the icon for Network and Sharing Center.
  • Expand your network discovery section and choose “Turn on Network Discovery”. UPnP has now been enabled.


For Windows XP:

  • First of all, it is important to know whether the Internet gateway device is visible under network connections or not. To determine this; open up your network connections window (if you don’t know how to do that, go to start menu, then run, type ncpa.cpl and press enter). Check whether the Internet gateway device is displayed there or not.
  • Now check whether your router is appearing properly under “My Network Places” . Under the other places section of your left pane, you should see the “My Network Places” link. Click and see whether the router is available here.
  • If the devices are not visible (Internet gateway device and router), you will need to reinstall the network services component of your operating system. When you do this, make sure that options like UPnP user, Internet gateway device discovery and control client are checked. (Doing this is simple and only requires the original operating system install disk your computer came with; select the repair option- do not reinstall the OS)
  • Now, go to the start menu again, click on run and type services.msc. Locate the option “SSDP Discovery Service” and double click on it.
  • A new window should open. Go to the general tab; now the start-up type drop down list should be visible. Select automatic and you are done.

Once you have enabled Universal Plug and Play on your laptop you can stream content from your computer directly to your TV- which should save you from having to copy movies to a hard drive or flash drive all the time just to view them on the big screen.

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