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Old 30-08-2015, 00:40   #1
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KODI & Windows 10 - Username Password?

Just tried KODI on my TV for the very 1st time.

As per usual I find myself at the dance of the how to set things up by different makers who need to talk to other things.

To access my PC KODI is asking for a Username and Password. But so far I've not had any luck

I'm using Windows 10

In Windows 10. Windows knows:

Firstly my Real Name.
The it says my Microsoft account XXXXXXX@outlook.com
Then is says Administrator
and of course I have my password I type in when windows loads up.

So In KODI as a "Username" I've tried.

My real name
My Msoft Account name
Administrator

All these three, I have tried together with my windows login password, but KODI won't accept any of them.

So, stumped at the 1st step really

Any advice?
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Old 30-08-2015, 09:06   #2
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If KODI is looking to get access to the files on your PC then how about setting up a kodi user on the PC? Just a local user should be suitable. Then add the kodi user to the folders you want to share _and_ the share(s) itself on the PC (Right click folder, Properties-Security for the folders. Properties-Sharing-Advanced sharing for the Shares). Read access should be fine unless you need to store thumbnails on the PC's folder.

Then set user and password on KODI.
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Old 30-08-2015, 12:00   #3
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If KODI is looking to get access to the files on your PC then how about setting up a kodi user on the PC? Just a local user should be suitable. Then add the kodi user to the folders you want to share _and_ the share(s) itself on the PC (Right click folder, Properties-Security for the folders. Properties-Sharing-Advanced sharing for the Shares). Read access should be fine unless you need to store thumbnails on the PC's folder.

Then set user and password on KODI.
Ok, well I can try that I guess.
I have 3 PC's I guess (or could be 4 if you include a tablet)

I have that funny Windows Home Sharing thing which is the new? ish thing for sharing stuff at home. And I also have the more normal share folders on the network also.

So PC's can see, let's say Video, Music and Photo folders on each other.

If making a new user on each PC is the only way, then I can do that.
Bit of a pain, as Windows will generate a load of old tat when making a user account
But if it's the only way then I'll try that.
Thanks for the suggestion

======== EDIT==========

Windows 10 seems to muddy the water a bit here. In a friendly way for windows, but not sure about other devices.
You can add a family member, but I kinda feel this is not right.
You can also ad a stranger, then asking you for their email address.

Whilst this is all great for Windows, not sure how this is in relation to other thing, like KODI.

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Old 31-08-2015, 23:36   #4
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I suspect the issue is that the local account name isn't the full email address used to sign in to the PC. If you go to the command line and type:

net users

Look for the one that's close to your email address, then you could try using that as the username in Kodi along with the Microsoft account password.
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Thanks for that.
I did do as suggested and created a new user "KODI" and set a password, but no luck connecting yet.
I was trying to sort out other things yesterday, so not really given it much time.
Thanks for the suggestion.
As always, the issue tends to be different things made by different people using different way to set up/describe the same thing. So it takes a bit of background knowledge to get you past go

I've got no real need for kodi, but thought would be nice if it "just worked"
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Old 01-09-2015, 12:42   #6
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what is it you are trying to do exactly?
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what is it you are trying to do exactly?
Pretty basic really

My aim was simply to allow me to access Music, Video's, Pictures stored on my PC / PC's on my TV via something.

Everyone says KODI so thought I'd aim for that.

I have a Windows HomeGroup set up that works fine, and also normal (ye-olde_ networking that works fine.

Just really a case of getting KODI to see things.

I had a quick bash at it, but didn't get very far.
A lot of options on how to connect, and I probably picked the wrong thing anyway!
I'd prefer it to just work under normal windows networking if I'm honest without needing to make a new KODI user on every PC.

Again, it's one of those "really easy when you know how" kinda things
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I haven't tried file sharing in Win10 but when I tried it last in 8 the easiest way was just to give a guest account access to the folders you're sharing. Then you should just be able to access it as a Samba share in Kodi without a password. I remember it being a bit of a pain to work out though.
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I just converted my main user back to a local account.

Right click your photo/user icon - change account settings - there's a link on there to switch from MS account to local and back again.
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Pretty basic really

My aim was simply to allow me to access Music, Video's, Pictures stored on my PC / PC's on my TV via something.

Everyone says KODI so thought I'd aim for that.

I have a Windows HomeGroup set up that works fine, and also normal (ye-olde_ networking that works fine.

Just really a case of getting KODI to see things.

I had a quick bash at it, but didn't get very far.
A lot of options on how to connect, and I probably picked the wrong thing anyway!
I'd prefer it to just work under normal windows networking if I'm honest without needing to make a new KODI user on every PC.

Again, it's one of those "really easy when you know how" kinda things
ok, the shares you have on the other pc's - make sure the user "everyone" has read access then follow this to disable the need for a password:
http://www.howtogeek.com/126214/how-...-in-windows-8/
I think that will work in windows 10.

Then under kodi, when you add directories to a library, select smb and browse or type in the name of the share and it shouldn't ask you for username and password.

Good luck!
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Thanks to you all for your suggestions for KODI.
Having thought about it, I'm going to pass on this for the time being.

I have no real need for KODI. My PC is plugged directly into my TV anyway.
All the messing around with windows account, sharing etc etc, is just not worth it to me.

I had hoped given KODI's popularity it would simply work.
Being on the same wired network at my Windows PC's I foolishly thought it would just detect the shared files, and with no real issue simply work.

Due to my inexperience, and perhaps the need to "set windows up correctly to make it KODI friendly" this is not going to happen, and together with my no real need for it. I'm going to pass for now.

Perhaps some other app would be easier to use, or I can simply more some data (music) elsewhere into a place easier for an APP to get to, as opposed to on a Windows network.

So, just wanted to say, thank you, and I appreciate your advice.
Another time perhaps
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you could try installing a dnla server such as seviio on the machines with the files you want to share. That will effectively announce those files to the network for clients such as kodi to pick up a lot easier. Either that, or try windows media player and the library function on there.
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you could try installing a dnla server such as seviio on the machines with the files you want to share. That will effectively announce those files to the network for clients such as kodi to pick up a lot easier.
Yes, DLNA is probably the best way forward when it comes to not having to concern yourself about how the client application and the media repository need to be configured to communicate with each other. Once you have Serviio up and running it will be visible to any DLNA-compliant application running on your network.

The main thing to consider with DLNA (and this tripped me up 5-6 years ago when I first tried to go down this route) is that it is just a delivery mechanism. You can have a DLNA server and a DLNA client that can see each other, but that's no guarantee the media files will actually play. This was my experience when I bought my Panasonic plasma TV in 2009. I enabled DLNA on my NAS and the media player on my TV could see my media files. But, I soon discovered that it would only play .avi video files and mp3 files up to a certain bit rate. In then end, when they became available, I bought myself a couple of Raspberry Pi kits and ran RaspBMC (an XBMC/Kodi variant). Since then I've moved over to Plex which I use in tandem with a Chromecast and a Sky NowTV box.
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