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My Movies for Windows Home Server is a special server version of My Movies that is created to operate on Windows Home Servers only. This server version does not come with a client, but holds configuration options in the Home Server Console. The Windows Home Server version comes with a folder monitoring service, as well as a disc copying service, and can be used not only by My Movies, but any client that supports reading My Movies' XML files that are stored in the folders. It off cause also serves as an ordinary server software for My Movies clients.

Clients such as Media Portal, Open Media Library and Niveus Movie Library is all able to read My Movies' XML files, and My Movies for Windows Home Server is therefore recommend for receiving movie meta-data for these clients.


  1. Microsft Windows Home Server, such as an HP MediaSmart server, or any other pre-build or custom configured server running Windows Home Server software.
  2. Optionally, if you want to use the My Movies Disc Copier*, a DVD, Blu-ray and/or HD DVD drive connected either internally, or externally via. USB, Firewire or eSATA. Most Windows Home Servers are not shipped with an optional drive, and for these, an external USB drive with a DVD, Blu-ray and HD DVD reading combination is recommended.


  1. Download My Movies for Windows Home Server
  2. Copy the installer file to the "Software\Add-Ins" share on your Windows Home Server.
  3. Open the Windows Home Server console.
  4. Click "Settings", navigate to the "Add-ins" tab and select "Available" tab.
  5. "My Movies for Windows Home Server" should be listed in the list of available programs, clik "Install" to install it. After the installation you will be logged off the console.
  6. My Movies will automatically start downloading and installing the required SQL Server 2005 Express. You will get notices in your tray bar that this is happening. Please do not reboot your Windows Home Server while My Movies is downloading and installing SQL Server. You may use your Windows Home Server console for other things while this process goes on.

Initial Configuration

If you have not yet re-logged on your Windows Home Server Console after installing My Movies for Windows Home Server, do so now. By navigating to "Settings", you will now see three "My Movies" configuration tabs, where some initial configuration is required.

1. On the tab "My Movies", you must log on to your My Movies WebService account. If you do not have a user account, you can create one by signing up on our forums at

2. Also on the tab "My Movies", you must select the country you are in, which will be the country My Movies downloads data for. Optionally, you can select if My Movies should download data from United States or United Kingdom if no data was found in your own country.

3. On the tab "My Movies Disc Copier", you can choose to start the My Movies Disc Copier service. My Movies Disc Copier does not copy protected discs - if you want to copy protected discs, you must install and registrer SlySoft AnyDVD (DVD's only) or AnyDVD HD (DVD, HD DVD or Blu-ray's). If you choose to start the Disc Copier, and/or install AnyDVD, you are yourself responsible for following local law. It is recommended that you install and registrer AnyDVD before starting the Disc Copier service using the "Install" button in the AnyDVD section.

4. On the tab "My Movies Monitor", it is recommended that you start the My Movies Monitor Service, which will monitor any folder containing movies that are copied to the monitored shares. By default, the "Videos" share is configured for monitoring when you start the service, but you may configure other shares too.

5. Congratulations, My Movies for Windows Home Server is now configured and running!

* Due to legality in several countries, the My Movies Disc Copier do not copy protected DVD, HD-DVD or Blu-ray titles. Users in countries that allow circumventing CSS and AACS copy protections when copying their movies to storage may install SlySoft AnyDVD (DVD's only) or AnyDVD HD (DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray's) to remove these copy protections at driver level.

Accessing Windows Home Server from Media Center Extenders

Since Media Center extenders run with special user accounts, MCX1, MCX2, ect., and these accounts is created with passwords that you do not know and cannot change, it is off cause not possible to create a user on the home server for the extender user(s). This means that extenders must access the server using the Guest account, which must be enabled and granted access to the share you store video files on.

From the Windows Home Server Console, in the Users section, enable the Guest account. Secondly, you need to make sure that the Guest account is granted access to the shares your movies are stored on.