Posted by: kurtsh | November 28, 2006

HOWTO: Do “X” with your Zune

How to reboot your Zune:
Hold down the "Back" and "Up" buttons simultaneously for a few seconds.

Wait. I know it’s a Microsoft product <smirk> but why would I need to reboot my Zune?
When the device is first taken out of the box, I’ve seen a situation (only once mind you) in which the device basically froze.  It wouldn’t connect via USB, and it couldn’t be recognized by the Zune software.  The issue was that the Zune was connected to either a VERY highly powered USB 2.0 port which got it garbled for a minute, or that the device was connected before the Zune software had been installed.  Either way, after the reboot, everything worked like a charm.  This was the only time I’ve ever had to reboot a Zune.

How do I make my Zune a Portable Hard Drive?
Start by disconnecting your Zune from your PC’s USB connection and exit the Zune Software.

  1. Open the registry (run REGEDT32.EXE) and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemControlSet001EnumUSB
  2. Within this part of the hive, look for the key "PortableDeviceNameSpace" in
    Vid_####&Pid_############_-_########_-_########_-_########Device Parameters

    This may sound confusing however it’s actually quite simple… just a little laborious.  Look through each of the subkeys under "USB" named "Vid_####&Pid_####" for a key called "########_-_########_-_########_-_########".  (Each # represents a random character forming a unique identifier that represents your Zune player.  This should be relatively easy because it’s the longest subkey name under the "USB" key.)  Note:  The fastest way to parse through all the keys under "USB" is to start from the BOTTOM of the subkey list of "USB" and press the "right arrow" to expand each key named "Vid_####&Pid_####".  If you don’t find the right subkey, simply press the "up arrow" to move up one key.  Repeat until you see the subkey called:  "########_-_########_-_########_-_########". 

  3. Change the following values:
    - EnableLegacySupport to 1
    - PortableDeviceNameSpaceExcludeFromShell to 0
    - ShowInShell to 1
  4. Close the registry editor.

The next time you plug in your Zune, the Zune software should kick in and if you go to My Computer, your Zune should show up as a Portable Device which will allow you to drag & drop content into it and navigate it as an external hard drive.

You’ll also notice that sync-ed .MP3 & .WMA music and .WMV videos are easily accessible through File Explorer through paths like "My ComputerKurt’s ZuneStorageMusicLinkin ParkHybrid theoryLinkin Park – One Step Closer.wma"

How to update the firmware on your Zune to "Zune firmware version 1.1":
The firmware update enables Zune-to-Zune Wireless sharing and kicks the performance up a notch.  Wireless is on by default, and the wireless setting gets enabled with this upgrade.  To get it going all you have to do is connect your device to your workstation or laptop while connected to the Internet.  It will download the firmware update and do all the work for you.  The update process will take about 90 seconds.

How to download the Zune Product Guide:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/9/4/89461EE8-1B9F-44B8-AA16-31C978E18F9E/ZuneDevice.pdf

How to download the Zune User Manuals:
http://www.zune.net/en-us/support/resources/downloadmanuals.htm

How to Stream Zune Content to Your Xbox 360:
This is set up during the installation process of the Zune software.  A wizard screen appears that states, "Zune works with Xbox 360.  Stream music, videos, and pictures from the Zune software to all consoles on your network.

Where’s the Zune Blog?
This is the blog of the Zune Development team:  http://zuneinsider.com/


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