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Installing MinimServer on Windows

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Installing Java on Windows
Installing or updating MinimServer on Windows
Uninstalling MinimServer on Windows

Installing Java on Windows

MinimServer is written in Java and requires Java 7 or later to be installed. If you don't already have Java installed, download and install the latest version of the Oracle Java Runtime Environment (JRE) from this page. If you're running 64-bit Windows and you don't already have Java installed, you should choose the Windows Offline (64-bit) download.

Installing or updating MinimServer on Windows

Before installing MinimServer, make sure there isn't a previous version of MinimServer running. If MinimServer is running, select Exit from the minim icon before starting the installation.

  1. Download the file MinimServer-0.8.5.2-install.exe from the Downloads page.
  2. Double-click the downloaded file to launch the Windows installer for MinimServer.
  3. If a User Account Control dialog appears, choose "Allow" or "Yes".
  4. Follow the instructions in the installer prompts.
  5. Select the option to launch MinimServer when the installation is finished. You can also launch MinimServer by double-clicking the MinimServer launch icon on the desktop.

    Note: When you double-click the desktop launch icon to launch MinimServer, another program (such as WinRAR) might open or you might get a prompt asking you what to do with the mserver.jar file. This means that the .jar file extension (used to launch MinimServer) isn't correctly associated with the Java runtime. To fix this, you can use the Jarfix program.

  6. If this is a new installation of MinimServer, a yellow tray icon with a minim symbol (musical note) will appear, and a dialog will prompt you to select the initial content directory. This is the top-level folder that contains your music files. Navigate to this folder, then press the Select button. If you need to add additional content directories, you can do this later.

    Note: The minim icon might appear in the overflow area of the system tray (accessed by clicking the upward-pointing arrow in the system tray).

  7. MinimServer will scan all your music files and complete its startup. This will take a bit longer than usual if it's the first time you've done this. If startup is successful, the tray icon will turn green. If startup fails for any reason, the tray icon will turn red and you'll see a pop-up message describing the problem.
  8. It's a good idea to check the MinimServer log to see if there are any warning or error messages about problems found by MinimServer while scanning your music files. To do this, right-click on the tray icon and select "Show log". A warning in the log means that MinimServer has found something wrong with a file, but has been able to read the file and make it available for browsing and playing. An error in the log means that MinimServer wasn't able to read the file. If you see a message you don't understand, you can get help by creating a new thread in the MinimServer support forum as described on the Support page.
  9. If MinimServer has started successfully, you can now use a UPnP control point to browse your music library and select and play music. You can also use the tray icon's pop-up menu to configure and manage MinimServer. See the Controlling MinimServer using the minim icon section for details of the available menu selections.
  10. If MinimServer appears to be running but you can't see it from other computers or control points on the network, you might need to update your Windows firewall settings. In the list of inbound rules, there should be entries to allow TCP and UDP access for Java(TM) Platform SE binary.

Uninstalling MinimServer on Windows

Before uninstalling MinimServer, make sure MinimServer isn't running. If MinimServer is running, select Exit from the minim icon before starting the uninstallation.

To uninstall MinimServer, open the Control Panel and select Programs and Features. Scroll to the entry for MinimServer and double-click it to run the uninstaller.

The uninstaller doesn't delete your MinimServer configuration settings. This is useful if you want to reinstall MinimServer or move up to a newer version.