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PlayTo Tools

Dot-sourced library of cmdlets to tinker with PlayTo in Windows 8/RT


  • Windows 8 x64


  1. Start an elevated Powershell instance
  2. Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted if necessary.
  3. Dot source script
  4. Call Suspend-CertifiedDeviceChecks to disable metadata signature checks
  5. Call New-DeviceMetadata [-Install] <hardware ID> to generate metadata for the device needing certification


  1. Use helper Get-MediaRenderers to list all DMRs on the network.
  2. Expand the HardwareID property to get the entire device hardware ID string.

Get-MediaRenderers | ? Name -like "popcorn" | Select -exp HardwareID | Select -first 1


  1. Navigate to %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\DeviceMetadataStore\en-US and delete all files suffixed with 00000ca710af. These are metadata packages created solely by this script.
  2. Remove devices associated with the custom metadata
  3. Re-add devices. Windows will automatically download new (or use default) metadata.

Pull request ideas

  • Finish Windows RT support (will need restricted language workarounds)
  • Add non-US locale support (if needed)
  • Windows 8 32 bit support
  • (your idea here)
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