Step-by-step Get started with Kodi me­dia player

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Up­date Win­dows

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Kodi will only work with the lat­est ver­sion of Win­dows 10. You can check if your sys­tem is up to date by head­ing to Set­tings > ‘Up­date & se­cu­rity’ > Win­dows Up­date. Save and back up any files that you’re cur­rently work­ing on, then click on ‘Check for up­dates’. If your PC needs to re­boot, let it do so, since you won’t be able to in­stall Kodi un­til the up­date is com­plete.

Re­name your me­dia

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If you want Kodi to recog­nise your movies and TV shows, you need to name them cor­rectly. Open File Ex­plorer and head to your video col­lec­tion. Re­name films us­ing ‘Name (Year)’ – ‘Night of the Liv­ing Dead (1968)’, for ex­am­ple. Re­name TV shows us­ing ‘Name_sXeY’ – ‘Ad­ven­tures of Su­per­man_s01e03’, for ex­am­ple, then place them in­side a folder with the name of the TV se­ries.

Down­load Kodi

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Fetch the lat­est sta­ble ver­sion of Kodi by open­ing the Mi­crosoft Store and typ­ing ‘Kodi’ into the search bar. Click ‘Get’. If you want the most up-to-date ver­sion of Kodi, open your browser and nav­i­gate to https://kodi.tv/down­load. Click ‘Win­dows’ un­der ‘Choose your weapon’, then Nightly Build. When you first launch Kodi, Win­dows’ Fire­wall will dis­play an alert. Click ‘Al­low Ac­cess’.

Add movies

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Click on your Start menu and then on Kodi un­der Re­cently Added. Kodi will now launch in full-screen mode. Use your mouse or the ar­row and [En­ter] keys to nav­i­gate and choose op­tions. First hover over Movies then on Add Videos. The ‘Add Video Source’ win­dow will open. Click on Browse and nav­i­gate to the folder where you keep your movie col­lec­tion, then click OK.

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Once you’ve set the video folder, the Set Con­tent win­dow ap­pears. Click on the word ‘none’ be­sides ‘This di­rec­tory con­tains’. You can now spec­ify that this folder con­tains Movies. By de­fault, in­for­ma­tion about films is taken from The Movie Data­base. Un­der ‘Con­tent Scan­ning Op­tions’, you can spec­ify whether the movies are in in­di­vid­ual fold­ers or not. Fi­nally, click OK.

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Kodi will now ask if you want to re­fresh in­for­ma­tion for your items. Click ‘Yes’, then press [Esc] to go back to the main screen. Hover your mouse over TV Shows, then click En­ter Files. Browse and se­lect the folder con­tain­ing your TV shows in ex­actly the same way as you did for Movies. In the Set Con­tent win­dow, click ‘none’ and spec­ify that the con­tent con­tains TV Shows.

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Kodi sup­ports mu­sic play­back. Press the [Win] key to show your Taskbar or exit Kodi and nav­i­gate to your mu­sic. Name tracks us­ing the ‘Track num­ber-Artist-Song name’ for­mat – 04-Toy­boxTarzan and Jane, for ex­am­ple. Re­launch Kodi and choose Mu­sic, then En­ter Files. En­ter the path to your mu­sic folder in the same way as be­fore. Un­der ‘Set Con­tent’ choose Mu­sic.

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Kodi sup­ports ex­tra fea­tures, in­clud­ing the of­fi­cial YouTube add-on, which can both search for and play videos. Re­turn to the main menu and choose ‘Add-ons’ > ‘En­ter add-on browser’. Se­lect ‘Video add-ons’, then scroll down to YouTube. Dou­ble-click and se­lect In­stall. You can now ac­cess YouTube from the Add-ons menu. Click Search > New Search to look for videos.

Change skin

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In Kodi, your cho­sen skin gov­erns the look of the graph­i­cal user in­ter­face you use to man­age and play your con­tent. This in­cludes the lay­out of menus, the back­ground and, in some cases, ex­tra icons and fea­tures. By de­fault Kodi uses the rather aus­tere Es­tu­ary skin. But you can change this to some­thing more vis­ually ap­peal­ing. To do that, head to ‘Add-ons’ > ‘Look and Feel’ > Skin.

Con­fig­ure Set­tings

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Click the Set­tings icon at the top left to change Kodi’s set­tings. The menus are cat­e­gorised so this should be fairly self ex­plana­tory. For in­stance, to op­ti­mise Kodi for use with touch­screens go to Skin Set­tings > Gen­eral > Touch Mode. You can also fine-tune your play­back set­tings. Click the but­ton at the bot­tom-left to switch be­tween Ba­sic and Ad­vanced set­tings.

Power But­ton Click here to show the power menu. You can use this to exit Kodi, as well as re­boot, hi­ber­nate or shut­down your PC. Set­tings Click to con­fig­ure set­tings, such as your cho­sen skin, and whether to au­to­play mu­sic, videos and more. Me­dia Menu Hover over these to dis­play dif­fer­ent me­dia types. If you haven’t added any con­tent yet, you can do so from here. Add-ons Click to ac­cess the Add-ons browser. Add-ons en­hance Kodi’s fea­tures with new skins and ex­tra me­dia con­tent.

Cat­e­gories These are use­ful if you have a lot of videos. You can sort con­tent by genre, al­pha­bet­i­cally and much more. Listings Shows con­tent you have re­cently added and watched, as well as a small progress bar un­der videos you’ve started. NATe’s best tip! For a true home cinema ex­pe­ri­ence, Kodi sup­ports a num­ber of re­mote con­trols. See http://kodi .wiki

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