Zune Access && AVI, DIVX Tutorial


Transferring Movie, .zip and .pdf files over Zune.

The Zune can be used to store and transfer various file formats such as zip files, pdf files and word documents. No Zune hardware or software changes are required at all. This technique will not bypass any DRM on any protected files.
Instructions are included below. The Zune device will appear in "My Computer" and visual access to files is available. Please make these registry modifications at your own risk to your PC.

Tutorial 1: Modify the PC Registry

Step 1.

Make sure your Zune is not plugged in and your Zune software isn’t running.

Step 2.

Open up regedit by going to the start menu and selecting “run”. Type regedit and hit “OK”

Step 3.

Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\ControlSet001\Enum\USB\

Step 4.

Right Click on the USB folder and select Find
Search for “PortableDeviceNameSpace”. This should be contained in the Vid_####&Pid_####\########_-_########_-_########_-_########\Device Parameters within the above …\USB\ The ##’s listed here will be numbers and letters specific to your Zune

Step 5.

Change the following values:

  • EnableLegacySupport to 1
  • PortableDeviceNameSpaceExcludeFromShell to 0
  • ShowInShell to 1
Step 6.
  • Plug in your Zune, and make sure the Zune Software starts up.
  • At this point you can open up “My Computer” and browse your device, though it does NOT show up as a drive letter.
Tutorial 2: How to add files and folders
Step 1.

Complete steps 1-6 of the PC Registry Mod above.

Step 2.

Connect the Zune to your PC and launch the PC software.

Step 3.

Press the "Start Sync" button in the PC software. This temporarily allows files and folders to be added to the Zune during sync. Drag and drop files into the Zune, avoid placing files on the root of the Zune file structure.

Tutorial 3: Wi-Fi Transfer of Movies, .Zip files, PDF files etc.
Step 1.

Rename the extension of any file to .jpg

Step 2.

Drag and drop the file into "received pictures" using Windows file explorer.

Step 3.

Send the file Zune to Zune as if it were a photo. In this case we had to send an entire folder. We sent 4 good photos and one .pdf file with a .jpg extension. If the single (fake) photo is sent alone an error is detected.

Step 4.

The receiving Zune should sync with the Zune software. The file can then be opened in it’s containing folder and renamed to the original extension. No registry mods are required for the receiver.

AVI Support for ZUNE

By default the Zune software will not accept or transcode DiVX, XViD, and MPEG files with .AVI extensions. Some guys from here have developed a couple ways to circumvent the problem, the simplest is a registry hack that will allow the videos to be added to the Zune software:
Windows Registry Editor Version5.00
“Extension.Handler”=”Microsoft.Zune.1.AVI”"MediaType.Description”=”Video Clip”
“MediaType.Icon”=”C:\\Program Files\\Zune\\ZuneLoc.dll,-736″”Extension.MIME”=”video/avi”"AlreadyRegistered”=”no”
After importing this file to the registry DiVX files can be dragged and dropped into the software. The files can then be synced with the Zune device which will force the Zune software to transocode the files to the native .WMV format and allow them to be played on the Zune.


Have fun

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