I have two PC's both initially had windows 7 installed 64 bit version with iTunes (x64) both had home sharing enabled and worked fine. Both had windows firewall and were running Microsoft Essentials security software free version. I had no problems with home sharing from either PC to my apple TV version 2. One computer and my apple TV are hard wired to my network and the other Pc is linked via 802.11n wireless and all were working fine in regards to home sharing.
In recent days I have completely wiped and re-installed one PC (linked over wifi to my network) with the new windows 8 operating system 64 bit and yesterday installed iTunes v11 (x64). I have enabled home sharing on this upgraded pc and whilst my apple tv can see both pc's when I now choose the windows 8 PC it tries to access the shared library but then fails. I have not installed any third party firewall or anti-virus software in fact I have even disabled the windows 8 firewall both for private and public networks and still home sharing fails to work with windows 8.
I have tried rebooting the pc ... I have restarted the router and ensured upnp is turned on... I have even uninstalled and reinstalled all apple software in add/remove program's including the bonjour software, apple mobile device, iTunes etc... But still my apple tv remains unable to access the library.
So my question to the community here is quite simple can anyone confirm for me that they have home sharing working with windows 8 (64 bit version) and iTunes 11 software... I have spent two whole days on this with no joy at finding an answer to my problem and wondering now if there is a bug in iTunes 11 or more likely windows 8 that needs a developers fix or whether I need to spend some more time on this issue. I am quite certain my router is not the problem here as home sharing on my other windows 7 pc is still working fine and without a problem so it is looking more likely to be an issue with windows 8. I have not altered any of the routers settings at any stage.
The apple TV is running the latest firmware and also updated yesterday.
Thanks in advance to anyone with windows 8 (x64) who responds to this Question.
Kind regards.... Ken Griffiths