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Fix a Messed Up Windows Media Player Library.

 

The newer versions of Windows Media Player (versions 10 & 11) are great in many regards, but when it comes to their library capabilities – they fall short. This past week I was helping a friend sort out a Windows Media Player library problem and I was blown away by how terrible the library is. The biggest problem is that it lacks the ability to weed out duplicate files (which is a problem, especially if your music is not in one centralized location). For this article I will show you how to clean up a Windows Media Player Library mess.

First, make sure WMP (WMP =Windows Media Player) is closed.

Although WMP can handle multiple locations, it is recommended that you centralize where you are keeping your music (note that for this guide, I will focus only on Music. This procedure can be applied to video and photos as well).

First we need to locate and delete the library index. To do this, Click ”Click Then ”Search

Choose All Files and Folders , then for the All or part of the file name, put *.wmdb , Change the Look in to My Computer. And make sure that Under the More Advanced Options That the all boxes are checked except Case Sensitive Then click SEARCH.

 ”Search

When the search is complete, Delete All of the files that it found (these should be all WMDB files)

”Delete

”Delete

Next, is an optional step. I strongly suggest, that you keep your music all together in one folder (Note it is ok to have subfolders within the main music folder). If you do not know where all of your music is do a search. This time, we would choose Pictures, Music, or Video and check mark Music, then do not type anything in the All or part of the name Area, so that the search finds All Music.

”Search ”Search
 

This will produce a complete list of all MUSIC files on your pc. Move them into a centralized folder. As I said this is a optional, but recommended step.

Finally, the last step, is to reopen Windows Media Player, it will automatically search your PC for Media files, and you will see this screen:

If it doesn’t start automatically searching, either, click on the Click Here button or, hit F3 . Windows Media Player will now cleanly rebuild your library.

 

            
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