How to Cast & Stream from Windows 10

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.

microsoft surface pro 3 connected to microsoft wireless display adpater

The Surface Pro 3 supports the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter natively as do Android devices running 4.2.1 or later.

Here’s how to cast or stream from a Windows 10 laptop, desktop or tablet directly to a television set or set-top box.

Read: 20 Windows 10 Tips from a Fanatic

Before We Begin

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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.

Read: Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter vs Google Chromecast

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.

Streaming

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.

How to Cast and Stream from Windows 10 (1)Tap or click on Expand in the bottom of the Action Center. Here you’ll get quick links to the most common settings changes for Windows 10.

How to Cast and Stream from Windows 10 (2)Tap or click on Connect. It should be the first button on the left in the second row.

How to Cast and Stream from Windows 10 (4)Now select the name of the device you’d like to connect to. If your device is properly configured, it should show up here just fine.

How to Cast and Stream from Windows 10 (5)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.

Casting

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.

How to Cast and Stream from Windows 10 (7)Navigate to the site that you would like to cast.

How to Cast and Stream from Windows 10 (8)Now tap or click on the three dots in the top-right corner of your display to open the options menu.

How to Cast and Stream from Windows 10 (9)Select Cast Media to Device.

How to Cast and Stream from Windows 10 (10)Now select which device you’d like to cast to.

That’s it. Good look casting and streaming from your Windows 10 device.

6 Best Windows 10 Laptops in 2017

Lenovo Yoga 710 - $769.99

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   Lenovo Yoga 710 - $769.99

The Lenovo Yoga 710 is a mid-range Windows 10 laptop that is ready for the way you work now and the way you might work tomorrow. From top to bottom the machine measures 0.58-inches. It weighs 3.52 pounds. As such, heft isn’t one of the things you’ll immediately notice when you pick it up. You will notice the aluminum-clad chassis that’s cold to the touch and can take a beating too.

Read: Lenovo Yoga 710 14-inch Review

Built into the notebook is a 14-inch high-definition display that supports touch technology. The hinges in the notebook allow the screen to be folded on to the back of the notebook. This turns it into a tablet in situations where touch is beneficial.

Because it’s a Lenovo laptop, the Yoga 710 is highly configurable. Every version includes 2 USB 3.0 ports, a Micro HDMI port, a media card reader, DisplayPort, headset jack and Windows 10 Home. It can be configured with up to a 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-7500U processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of solid state storage.

[ Buy the Lenovo Yoga 710 for $769 from Lenovo ]

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