Outside of the Xbox One and Xbox One S, Microsoft’s play for music and video in the living room remains limited. It doesn’t offer anything close to the simplicity of the Apple TV. It has nothing as robust as devices running Android TV. Instead, the company has Cast and Stream, two features that you can use with a Windows 10 PC to share what’s on your screen to a television set or display.
Streaming from a Windows 10 laptop, desktop, tablet or phone is incredibly easy, provided that you have the right materials on hand.
Here’s how to cast or stream from a Windows 10 laptop, desktop or tablet directly to a television set or set-top box.
Before We Begin
Before you can start cast or stream from your Windows 10 laptop, desktop or tablet you’ll need the necessary equipment. Your Windows 10 device only acts as a transmitter. That is, you’ll need something connected to your display or television set to receive the signal your Windows 10 device is sending out. Microsoft makes its own Wireless Display Adapter that sells for $59.99. Windows 10 will communicate with any receiver that supports DLNA technology. It’s entirely possible that a set-top box or smart television you already have in your home supports DLNA streaming technology.
It’s entirely possible that a set-top box or smart television you already have in your home supports DLNA streaming technology. Sharp, Samsung and other brands offer DLNA apps.
How to Stream & Cast from Windows 10
Connecting to a device works in the entire operating system and is managed in the Action Center. When connected to a wireless dongle or set-top box, Windows 10 allows you to treat the external display as the only display or extend your desktop to it. You can also do mirroring.
Start by connecting your wireless display adapter to your television. Each of these devices has set-up processes of their own. Many of these devices emit their own wireless signal, meaning you don’t have to connect them to your network. Some do require you to connect them to your wireless network. For this example, we’re using Microsoft’s Xbox One console, which has a Wireless Display app in testing.
Tap or click on the Action Center button in the Taskbar. If you have Tablet Mode on your device enabled, place your finger on the right edge of your screen and slide it to the left to reveal the Action Center. The Action Center button looks like a message bubble.
Wait for the connection to begin working. Note that by default devices are told to mirror whatever is on your screen. That can be changed to allow you to treat the other device as another display and more. Just press the Windows key on your keyboard and the letter P at the same time.
Go to the Start Screen and look for Microsoft Edge. You may need to look for it in your list of installed apps under All Apps if you’ve customized Start already and removed it.
That’s it. Good look casting and streaming from your Windows 10 device.