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I recently swapped out my iPad for a Surface 2 and must admit I haven’t looked back once. I stumbled across a neat little trick that allows me to use the Play To functionality to stream content from the Surface 2 to my XBMC media center (which is running on a projector in my living room).

The XBMC Media Center shows up under Play Devices as “Not Windows certified”

 

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Playing to non-certified devices is still possible, however. This is done simply by adding a registry key. To do this, go to your start screen, type regedit and hit enter on the search result (regedit.exe). Now navigate to the key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PlayTo

If that key doesn’t exist just create it. Then create a new 32-bit DWORD value called ShowNonCertifiedDevices and set its value to 1.

Now if you try to Play To again you should see your device on the list.

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Now you can stream videos from your Surface 2 straight to your DLNA-enabled TV or Media Center device. Awesome right?

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