Installing MinimServer on Windows
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Installing Java on Windows
MinimServer is written in Java and needs the Java runtime to be installed. You can use any version of the Java runtime from Java 8 onwards.
The Java runtime for Windows is available in 64-bit and 32-bit versions. MinimServer supports both of these. If you are using 64-bit Windows, you should use 64-bit Java unless you already have 32-bit Java installed for compatibility with a 32-bit web browser. If you are using 32-bit Windows, you need to use 32-bit Java.
If you don't have Java installed or if your Java version is older than Java 8, download and install the current version of the Oracle Java Runtime Environment (JRE) from this page. To ensure you get the correct version of Java (64-bit or 32-bit, as described above), choose either the Windows Offline (64-bit) download to install 64-bit Java or the Windows Offline download to install 32-bit Java.
Installing or updating MinimServer on Windows
[NEW] MinimServer 2 is now available and will replace MinimServer 0.8 in the near future. You can install either MinimServer 2 or MinimServer 0.8 on your Windows PC.
Before you install MinimServer 2 on your Windows PC, please read the MinimServer 2 page and the License options page. These pages explain important differences between MinimServer 2 and earlier versions of MinimServer. In particular, you should be aware that some features that were available free of charge in previous versions of MinimServer require payment of a license fee in MinimServer 2.
- 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.
[NEW] To install MinimServer 2,
download the file
MinimServer-2.0.12-install.exefrom the MinimServer 2 Downloads page. To install MinimServer 0.8, download the file MinimServer-0.8.5.2-install.exefrom the MinimServer 0.8 Downloads page.
- Double-click the downloaded file to launch the Windows installer for MinimServer.
- If a User Account Control dialog appears, choose "Allow" or "Yes".
- Follow the instructions in the installer prompts.
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.
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 icon in the system tray). On Windows 10, the system tray is described as the taskbar notification area, the icons in the overflow area are described as hidden icons and the upward-pointing arrow icon is described as the Show hidden icons arrow.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- [NEW] If you have installed MinimServer 2, see the MinimServer 2 Quick start for Windows page for more information about how to use MinimServer 2.
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.