Getting XVid and DivX to play from your Windows Home Server on your Xbox 360

Update 30th Jan 2008 – Just realised I posed a link to the old version of FFDShow!  Fixed

Man, this is REALLY easy to get working.

First, turn on the Media Sharing via the Windows Home Server Console.

Then, download ffdshow from here and install it on your server.

Then, simply connect to WHS from your Xbox and play your files!



  5 Replies to “Getting XVid and DivX to play from your Windows Home Server on your Xbox 360”

  1. January 9, 2008 at 5:12 am

    Nice blog.

    Just wanted to comment on this post. As all decoding takes place on the XBox I am pretty sure that you do not need to install ffdshow on your server. You certainly do not need to install it on a Vista box when streaming from there to the XBox.

    What is required is a way to make the PC in question add the required divx or xvid media files to the media library. One way to achieve this is indeed to install ffdshow, but it can also be achieved by renaming the files as .avi files.

    Not that there is anything wrong with installing ffdshow, but with Windows Home Server I would recommend installing as little as possible.

  2. January 9, 2008 at 6:37 am

    Thanks Richard!

    If you have the media shared from the Home Server, and you have AVI files that are encoded using Xvid or DivX, the AVI file will not play (for me at least) on the Xbox 360 unless I install FFDShow.

    Am I missing something? They are already AVI files.


  3. Timonkey
    January 15, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Didn’t even need the codec installed on the WHS box. Just shared the Video folder on the network, and my Xbox 360 could see the files and play from the share.

  4. NickWhittome
    January 16, 2009 at 3:50 am

    I cannot remember now why I needed the ffdshow addon, I do not run it any more.

    I suspect it was to support newer encoding / sound… but the Xbox does decode everything now.

    My brain hurts, I cannot remember 🙂

  5. Antonio
    July 28, 2009 at 10:36 pm


    Do you know if it’s possible to achieve the same (Streaming files to your xbox) from a Windows Server 2008 machine?

    I understand you need to add the media server role. But that’s as far as i’ve gotten for lack of info.

    Thanks in advance!

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