Windows 8 Network Library Setup

Movie Premier for Windows 8 can automatically access media that has been made accessible from your Windows 8 Videos library. By default, Windows 8 does not allow you to include network drives or folders in a library. This is because folders must be indexed first in order to be added to a library, and network drives cannot be indexed unless they are synchronized. Synchronizing your network drives will attempt to copy all the content to your Windows 8 device. Obviously, this presents a number of concerns and issues and does not use your network devices for their intended purpose.

NOTE: Your network locations must be accessible from your Windows 8 device in order to perform the following procedures. If you cannot access your network device, you may want to verify your network settings and homegroup settings.

The following steps will show you how to set up your network drives and avoid having to synchronize them with your Windows 8 device, effectively using them as you intended for your media library needs. Select which type of storage device you are using:

Server or PC Based Storage Network Attached Storage (NAS)

Server or PC Based Storage

If you are trying to include media from another server or PC device, follow the instructions below. If you are trying to include media that is stored on a NAS, file server, or other device with built in network storage (router based) please see the section below on configuring Network Attached Storage (NAS).

  • Create a temporary folder on the hard drive of your Windows 8 device (C:\shares)
  • Create another folder in the above folder which will be used as a pointer to your media location (C:\shares\movies)
  • Link the Video library to this folder by performing the following steps:
    • Right click on your Videos library
      • Make sure you are right clicking on the Videos library in the left hand pane of the file explorer window and not navigating to C:\Users\<user>\Videos
    • Select Properties from the popup
    • Click the Add button under the Library Locations list box
    • Navigate and select the folder we created above (C:\shares\movies)
    • Click OK to add the folder
  • Delete the temporary folder you created above (C:\shares\movies)
  • Use the mklink command in an Administrator command prompt to create a symbolic link to the folder you just deleted. Be sure to name the link the same as the folder you created above.
    • NOTE: This command must be issued from an Administrator command prompt, you are using the correct prompt if the title of the command window says Administrator: Command Prompt. If it does not say this, you are using the wrong type of command window.
    • Your command should look like this:
      mklink /d C:\shares\movies \\server\movies

      • NOTE: Do NOT use double quotes in the above command
  • Confirm the command completed successfully
    • You should receive the message “Symbolic link created for C:\shares\movies <<===>> \\server\movies” if the command was successful
  • Repeat this process for each network device and location you wish to have available for the Movie Premier app

Network Attached Storage (NAS)

NOTE: There is currently a Microsoft bug which causes Movie Premier for Windows 8 to close unexpectedly in certain NAS environments. Users with network content are encouraged to add their network location manually using the steps found in the Manually Adding Content to Your Collection.

If you are trying to include media from a NAS, file server, or other device with built in network storage (router based), follow the instructions below. If you are trying to include media that is stored on another server or PC device please see the section above on configuring Server or PC Based Storage.

NOTE: Depending on how your device is accessed, the value of server below will vary. If you are using an ip based system, then replace server with your ip address and root share directory. Before you attempt the process below, you should be able to navigate to your collection by pasting the address into a file explorer window address bar. If this is unsuccessful the process below will not work.

  • Create a temporary folder on the hard drive of your Windows 8 device (C:\shares)
  • Create another temporary folder on the hard drive of your Windows 8 device (C:\symlinks)
  • Create another folder in the C:\shares folder which will be used as a pointer to your media location (C:\shares\movies)
  • Link the Video library to this folder by performing the following steps:
    • Right click on your Videos library
      • Make sure you are right clicking on the Videos library in the left hand pane of the file explorer window and not navigating to C:\Users\<user>\Videos
    • Select Properties from the popup
    • Click the Add button under the Library Locations list box
    • Navigate and select the folder we created above (C:\shares\movies)
    • Click OK to add the folder
  • Delete the temporary folder you created above (C:\shares\movies)
  • Use the mklink command in an Administrator command prompt to create a symbolic link to the folder you just deleted
    • NOTE: This command must be issued from an Administrator command prompt, you are using the correct prompt if the title of the command window says Administrator: Command Prompt. If it does not say this, you are using the wrong type of command window.
    • Your command should look like this:
      mklink /d C:\symlinks\movies \\server\movies

      • NOTE: Do NOT use double quotes in the above command
  • Confirm the command completed successfully
    • You should receive the message “Symbolic link created for C:\symlinks\movies <<===>> \\server\movies” if the command was successful
  • Use the mklink command in an Administrator command prompt to create a directory junction to the symlink you just created. Be sure to use the names of the symlink and folder you created above.
    • NOTE: This command must be issued from an Administrator command prompt, you are using the correct prompt if the title of the command window says Administrator: Command Prompt. If it does not say this, you are using the wrong type of command window.
    • Your command should look like this:
      mklink /j C:\shares\movies C:\symlinks\movies

      • NOTE: Do NOT use double quotes in the above command
  • Confirm the command completed successfully
    • You should receive the message “Junction created for C:\shares\movies <<===>> C:\symlinks\movies” if the command was successful
  • Repeat this process for each network device and location you wish to have available for the Movie Premier app

Remember, if you do not wish to use Windows 8 libraries, you can always make your media available by manually adding movies and folders to your collection.

You should now have a non-indexed network path as a library and no longer have to worry about Windows 8 trying to copy all of your content locally. If you have other support questions, please submit them in our user forum.