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Rebuild Windows Media Player Library - Why wont my batch file work?

Q: Rebuild Windows Media Player Library - Why wont my batch file work?

Hello all,

I am trying to write a batch file that will rebuild the Windows Media Player library automatically but I'm a little confused, perhaps someone can enlighten me

I wrote the following based on this:

How-To Rebuild Your Windows Media Player 12 Library


echo msgbox"Warning, this will close Windows Media Player",16,"Warning!" >> popup.vbs
WScript.exe popup.vbs
del popup.vbs

sc stop WMPNetworkSvc

TASKKILL /IM wmplayer.exe /F
TASKKILL /IM wmpnetwk.exe /F

set WMPDIR=%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Media Player

mkdir %WMPDIR%\TomBackup
copy %WMPDIR%\CurrentDatabase*.wmdb %WMPDIR%\TomBackup
copy %WMPDIR%\LocalMLS*.wmdb %WMPDIR%\TomBackup
del /F /Q %WMPDIR%\CurrentDatabase*.wmdb
del /F /Q %WMPDIR%\LocalMLS*.wmdb

echo msgbox"Windows Media Player Library Rebuilt",64,"Process Completed!" >> popup2.vbs
WScript.exe popup2.vbs
del popup2.vbs

sc start WMPNetworkSvc
start %PROGRAMFILES%\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe
start %PROGRAMFILES%\Windows Media Player\wmpnetwk.exe
And as you can see, my batch file does (in theory) exactly what that tutorial suggests but it does not work! When I run it it it all seems to work, apart from this part:

mkdir %WMPDIR%\TomBackup
copy %WMPDIR%\CurrentDatabase*.wmdb %WMPDIR%\TomBackup
copy %WMPDIR%\LocalMLS*.wmdb %WMPDIR%\TomBackup
del /F /Q %WMPDIR%\CurrentDatabase*.wmdb
del /F /Q %WMPDIR%\LocalMLS*.wmdb
The directory is not made and no files are copied or deleted, can someone explain what I'm doing wrong please?



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A: Rebuild Windows Media Player Library - Why wont my batch file work?

Originally Posted by tom982

set WMPDIR=%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Media Player


You need to enclose the: -

%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Media Player in "" (Quotes) for it to work. OK?

set WMPDIR="%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Media Player"

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A:Windows Media Player - Library and Search no longer work

Hi Bantha
Here is and article you might be interested in. http://www.zdnet.com.au/newstech/ebusiness/story/0,2000048590,20268189,00.htm From what I understand version 9 is very hard to uninstall. If you absolutely have to have a Microsoft product and you do find a way to uninstall version 9 then go back to 8.0.

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it does this every time i open it! please help me fix it!

A:my windows media player wont work...

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I have tried every codec but windows media player 11 wont work. Every thing else to do with sound driver works. What else can I do?

A:windows media player 11 wont work

Use vlc player it will work with near enough any video file VideoLAN - Official page for VLC media player, the Open Source video framework!
or if your set on using media player try this How to Reset a Windows Media Player 11 | eHow.com
with this Free-Codecs.com : Download K-Lite Codec Pack 9.3.0 FULL, K-Lite Codec Pack 9.3.0 STANDARD, K-Lite Codec Pack 9.3.0 BASIC

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Ok heres the deal:

I decided to watch a small video clip on the internet. I went to the website, clicked on the clip and Windows media player started. After a few minutes, an error message popped up saying "error downloading codec". I searched the website and found that this video was encoded using Divx. I went to the website(www.divx.com) and downloaded the codec and the divx player. After the installation, I cant open Windows Media player, I double click on the menu icon and the desktop icon and nothing happens. The computer does not freeze, but WMP wont open . I'm using WMP 10 and Windows XP/
Do I have to reinstall WMP, or is there an easy way out?



A:Windows media player wont work..help!!

I would just uninstall and reinstall WMP and see if that works. Try downloading WMP 10 straight from Microsoft for the reinstall. Just in case your downloas for WMP 10 got corrupted. Shouldn't take too long.

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A:windows media player wont work

When that message pops up is there an option for help or web help? If you click on either help it will give you an error code. Could you post that code here?
Also please post your version of WMP (help/about media player).
Are you up-to-date on your microsoft updates?
Is it any video or sound file? Could you post the extensions which are having problems?

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A:Windows Media Player Wont work

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A:Windows Media Player wont work

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When i try to play a video online, and when it uses WMP it does nothing, then if i right click it i can click error details... and it says

The source filter for this file could not be loaded. (Error=80040241) then if i click more info it takes me to a microsoft page saying they will try and give some information later.

A:Online windows media player wont work.


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when i try to use my msn video player in the media centre it wont work keeps saying media centre has stopped working but yet everything else works on the media centre as far as i can see anyone help me with this issue windows media centre with windows 7 home premium is what i've got

A:windows media centre msn video player wont work


I am experiencing exactly the same issue as you and have the same operating system.
Has anyone escalated this to microsoft yet or got a workaround?
Note it also does this when you click on the "search" function.

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I would like to clean out the media library information and re add my music files. How do I accomplish this.

Just re adding creates another list and the songs now show up twice or thrice

and just looks messy and is misleading.

Any advice greatly appreciated.

Windows 2000, Media player 9, all music in one directory,

I think I have only the default playlists.

A:Windows Media Player Rebuild

You can remove the listings like normal (highlight song, delete). I think it will ask you if you want to remove the file/s as well, or leave the files on the computer.

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Additional things I have tried:

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A:Windows Media Player won't rebuild or update automatically

Ok so all the libraries have their respective folder as a location and as the default save location. I restored the defaults in the music library. It create playlists fine now, but still wont update automatically, so do I just have to  play
each song to add it to my library?
I suggest that you try resetting the media library. First note that resetting the library will make you lose all current play counts, and possibly ratings too. Then, follow these steps:
- Reboot the PC.
- Go to Start, type services.msc in the Search field, and press Enter. In Services, find the
Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service. If its status is
Started, double-click the service and click
- Go to Start, type %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft in the Search field, and press Enter. This folder will open up in Windows Explorer.
- In this folder, delete the Media Player folder. If you can't see the folder, then it's probably hidden. Set Explorer to show hidden files and folders, and to show protected system files.
- Start WMP, your library will have been reset and will be rebuilt. Check if the issue still occurs.

Tim De Baets

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plz share the logic or technology behind.

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A:Windows media player 12 / Windows Media Center - Multiple-Cds Albums sorting in library

The strange "subtitle" answer above is not really a valid notion given the lack of persistence.  When you step back, you see as koawmfot noted that this is really about the use of the "Set" field.  WMP does not and will not use the Set field to sort.  Instead it uses Album title as Shark noted.So the correct answer here would be to use the Album title field as the descriptive identifier.  If you really don't want to do this, you can use the track number such as by setting t1d1 to be 0101, t1d2 to be 0201, and so forth.  So those are the viable solutions, really.The problem with "Set" is that it doesn't fit well within the Explorer namespace / folder views.  This is consistent with the player storing one album in one folder, as opposed to dumping everything to one common folder - where you may have issues with filename collisions depending upon your naming scheme.As such it is not supported and is unlikely to be supported, sorry.

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Only problem now is, I cant get my MP3 player software to work. its a Samsung YP-Z5F. I plug it in via USB, the computer detects it and then pops up a bubble saying an error occured during installation and my hardware may not work properly. And it doesn't! I cant get windows media player or the samsung software to recognise the player is plugged in.
How can I get it back to working fine the way it was before the system restore?

A:Cant Get My Mp3 Player To Work. Media Player Wont Recognise It!

Have it sorted now. Seems i had some archaic version of Windows Media player after the restore. Nothing a reupgrade to version 11 hasn't fixed :-)

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I am a music downloader.
It used to be that WMP12 would update the mp3 music folders to where the folder contents would read as follows:

01 'Track Name'
02 'Track Name'
03 'Track Name'

and so on...

This is no longer the case. WMP will not update my media library files, although it says it does. I have cleared the cache, cleared all .wmdb files, and have completely removed all 9000 plus songs and have them reloaded. I've also uninstalled and reinstalled WMP12 to no avail.

I can manually correct the files myself, but I shouldn't have to.
What setting am I missing that needs to be set so my media library will automatically update?


A:Windows Media Player will not update media library

Do you have retrieve additional information from the internet checked in options ?

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One day I opened the Media Library to find nearly 1,000 songs not listed which were previously there. I have checked that the files still exist, and I have checked the WMP is monitoring the correct folders. Even more mysterious is that when I choose to list the music by Album only about a dozen albums show up, even though there is music in the library that is part and listed under hundreds of albums (And even the music that still shows up).

I have tried numerous ways to re-add the music to the library, and I have even reinstalled WMP9. I have not done an uninstall/reinstall because I am hesitant to lose the user ratings (I don't care much about Play Count though).

I have exhausted chat rooms, microsoft support, and many other support forums and have not found even one person with a similar issues. It would be absolutely wonderful if somebody on this board would be able to help me.

James Crosson
[email protected]

Feel free to IM me at NYY96 (AIM) if I happen to be online.

A:Windows Media Player Media Library Help

While not having the answer to your problem, if you wanted to try the uninstall re-install option, you could back up the media library database file first, then re-install it to get your ratings back if you wished. I don't know if this would be the way forward if there's something wrong with the library though as you'd be re-installing the one that is broke at the moment, just something to think about. The library information is held in this file

"C:\WINDOWS\Application Data\Microsoft\Media Player\CurrentDatabase_59R.wmdb"

before uninstalling/reinstalling windows media player though, have a look at what THIS guy has to say on the matter. There's not much he doesn't know about WMP.

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A:Windows Media Player 11 Library Help

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I am having trouble with Windows Media Player 11 on WinXP Pro.

This was addressed in an older thread, but I had a very similar problem, and am still struggling to recover. I started having difficulty when ripping new CDs. They would constantly come up under "Unknown Album" if they were available at all. Shortly after that, my entire library disappeared. Fortunately, the underlying .WMA files are still there.

I attempted to reinstall WMP11 at least twice, and then happened upon a potential fix at the MS Knowledge Base... as well as on this forum:


I did this, and re-loaded my library with some success. But the entire library - thousands of songs - is still coming up under "Unknown Album." If I look at any given song, and do a "Find Album Info" it goes out and updates all the information, but doing that for 5000 individual files would be... problematic.

Is there a setting that I am missing that would automatically update all the album information as I load the library?

ED: I should note that my .WMA files are stored on a 500GB Maxtor External HDD. Don't know if this makes a difference.

A:Windows media player 11 library gone... again?

The problem I am having is on my notebook computer. I have a desktop computer on the same network which has a copy of the library on its D: drive. That WMP11 library works just fine.

On the notebook computer, I attempted to run Tools >> Apply Media Information Changes. No response. The status window which pops up tells me that there is no response from the server, and that it is retrying.

On my desktop, again, on the same network, the same series of commands results in progress in this "Apply Changes" status window, and after a few minutes it says it's complete. I don't see that any changes were made, but I didn't look extensively.

What server is "Apply Media Information Changes" looking for, and why can't my notebook computer find it?

(BTW: Wrote this post on said Notebook, so yes, its internet connection seems to be working...)

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I know there is another thread just like this one. but it is listed as solved, and it is not solved. my library dissapered?? and it wont let me add anything to my library????? i go into manage folders and add folders that contain my music and click ok..... ...... nothing happens. not only that but it wont find my mp3 player anymore. it just says connect device, even though my device is connected. the other threads last post was saying something about the problem being from URGE, well i don't have that installed. so i would love a little more help if anyone has any ideas.

A:Windows media player 11 library gone?

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This might be easy enough to fix, but I certainly haven't been able to figure out how. I simply want my .wma lossless music library to be sorted by last name first, first name last. Being in my mid-40s, and being into music since I was 5, I just can't get used to David Bowie being under "D" instead of "B" or Frank Zappa under "F" instead of "Z" or The Carpenters under "T" instead of "C".

I've tried to solve this problem on and off for a long time, and tried to find the answer on line, without success. Recently, I've added a few albums, and have this issue as usual, but now even when I edit the artist in wmp it won't "take". I rename "Frank Zappa" to "Zappa, Frank", restart the application, and it's back under "F".

I'd just forget about even bothering with the program and finding something else, but I really like .wma lossless, plus it syncs much faster with my .wma/mp3 player than drag and drop.

Any help would be appreciated!



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Im just new to using Windows Media Player 10 and am having trouble creating the Library.
I have a nice neat folder structure with folders for Artists and subfolders for album names and want to just read this into Windows Media Player 10 but it keeps bringing in stuff Ive already fixed using the file explorer. Why? How do I delete the libaray or recreate it from scratch?

Thanks in advance.

A:Windows Media Player 10 Library

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Hey Guys,

For some reason, I cannot add .AVI or .MP4 files to my Windows Media Player 11 library. I know that WMP doesn't natively support .MP4 files, but I am at a loss as to why it won't take .AVI files. I have tried multiple codecs to encode the video (.MP4, DivX, etc.).

Any ideas?

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I have Windows Media Player 10 and Total Video Player. I use Total Video layer to watch some movies. Anyway the default program to open audio/video files with keeps switching to Total Video Player. I want the default player for all media types to be WMP. I went into the options menu in WMP and checked all the boxes on all formats for WMP to be the default player, but every time I restart the computer the default player to open half of the media files reverts back to Total Video Player.

How do I fix this.

A:Windows Media Player wont stay remain as the default media player?!?!

try going into the Total Video Player options an unticking all the file formats in it. an if you want to play any thing with it just rite click an pick it as the player. if that dont work. just uninstall it

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A:media player wont work

Sounds like you need to download Codecs.
I recommend the K-Lite Codec Pack

The standard version should be fine

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Not sure if this is the right section, I think so?! ----Sorry if its not!!
Anywho how do I clear my whole playlist in my Windows Media Player Library (Version 10 or 11 of WMA, I forget)

How do I clear out my whole library so I can start fresh, I added the same songs from two different drives (backups) and didn't realize that it would double them up so now I have two of every song on there.. no fun

How do I clear it out so I can just add the one folder that I need on there?!


A:Windows Media Player Library Question

?! Anyone?!?!

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I recently purchased a used computer with Vista x64 that seemed to be working fine until recently. However for some reason, whenever I try to play any files from the library or from a CD in WMP11 it automatically skips the track after 1-5 seconds. In addition to that, instead of going to the next track, it starts moving backwards up through my library. If I go to the Now Playing tab, I can see that for some reason it has added every single song in my library to the list. Has anyone ever seen a problem like this before?

A:Windows Media Player 11 can't play from library or CDs

I've never seen a problem like this before personally.If i were you i'd make sure my audio files weren't somehow corrupt and if they weren't then from there i'd reinstall windows media player.(don't forget to uninstall it first).

If that doesn't work i'd wait for someone with more experience with these kind of issues.If all else fails you could always resourt to using a different program to view your media.If your doing this just for audio that I highly recommend Media Monkey.There's a free and paid version but the free version is great so don't bother with the paid version unless you'd like the help the company for such great software =D
If your looking for audio and video media player I recommend VLC media players.I has a simple interface that should be easy to figure out and it can play many video formats which is very helpful

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I'm using Windows XP Pro. Please could someone tell me how to clear the Windows Media Player 11 Library? I have a very large quantity of media indexed in it and it's causing it to run slowly.


A:Clearing Windows Media Player 11 Library

To delete an item from the library simply right-click on it and select Delete. To delete everything press Ctrl+A to select all and then right-click > Delete.

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i none of my music will play in windows media player. my audio files are mp3 and wma.

anyone else have any problems like this???

the music will show up in my library but it wont play. it plays with winamp but not wmp

A:windows media player and my music library

Hi TwoTabs, welcome to the forums, install this codecs and will play almost anything.
Shark007.net - Windows 8 Codecs - WMP12 Codecs

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Well about a week ago my WMP11 Library started acting funny. My entire library was deleted. When I went to add my songs back into the library it wouldn't let me. It won't save my "Monitored Folders" settings or let me create new playlists.

The only I can think of is that it's a virus. Or one of the anti-virus software programs is locking it down. I recently added AVG, Ad-Aware, and A-Squared at about the time it started acting up, but I'm not sure whether they caused the problems or if it was the spyware/viruses that were on my computer.

I've tried re-installing WMP. When I did a rollback to WMP9 the library seemed to work fine. After I re-updated it to WMP11 again it still wasn't working.

Any help guys?

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Please help! my windows media player is driving me nuts!

I have been using itunes for years, and i love it, but i tried to add all of my music to my wmp 11 last night so i can sync it with my phone. I hit F3 to add to my library, and windows searched my music folder finding 2000+ songs (all of which are listed and play perfectly in itunes) but only added about 600.

I tried to delete everything (by going to %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Media Player\ ") and replacing the "media player" folder with a new one, in case there were any corruptions, then had wmp search for songs again. Again, it found 2000+ but only added the same 600. I can't seem to find any sort of pattern in the files it isn't adding. All of my files are either mp3, mp4, or wmv. can anyone think of a solution/reason why it's doing this???


A:Windows Media Player 11 Library Issue

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Hi! I have had WMP11 installed for some time now (since the betas) I now have the final for XP (11.0.5721.5145) and was very happy with it until today when out of nowhere, my whole library just disappeared. I was doing nothing significant, nothing intensive, I just opened it and it wasn't there. So I rolled back to 10 and the library came back. So I then downloaded and installed 11 and it isn't there. When I click the 'click here to add files to the library now' and add some folders and hit 'ok' it just does nothing. Same happens when I add via F3 and the menu. How can I keep WMP 11 AND my library (AT THE SAME TIME ). Thanks, Silver

A:Solved: Windows Media Player 11 Library GONE!

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I can't figure it out, and I can't mass highlight anything.

A:How do I clear the windows media player library?

Open media player
Delete history & cache
Click on library
Put "check in box"...Delete files from pc when deleted from library
Back to main screen
Go to
empty we hope!!!

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Hi guys,

I need to add some .MP4 files to my Windows Media Library, but WMP will not add them to the library.

I realize I can always convert the files, but I would like to experiment with this. I have heard that I need to download a MP4 DirectShow decoder pack in order to make this work.

From Xbox.com:
How can I get Windows Media Player 11 to stream MPEG-4 Part 2 and H.264 to my console?

A: By default, Windows Media Player 11 does not support MPEG-4 Part 2 and H.264. You can either convert your MPEG-4 Part 2 and H.264 content to WMV, or you can install a third-party MP4 DirectShow decoder pack to import MPEG-4 part 2 and H.264 files into your library. Once they are in your library, they can be streamed to your console just like WMVs.

So, what all do I need to do to make WMP import .MP4 and h264 files into the library and read the tags? Thanks.

A:How can I add .MP4 files to my Windows Media Player Library?

Well, it sounds to me like you need to install a third-party MP4 DirectShow decoder pack. But since I don't use WMP for video (yet) I really can't say for sure.

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Whats going on on my computer. I am running Vista Home Premium as a standalone computer with no other users but me. I have just got the following message:

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Is there a way to stop Windows Media Player automatically adding entries to it's Library.

Everytime I start Windows Media Player it starts to search for files to add to the Library (Music and Pictures).

I also have thousands of {.....}.jpg files in the directory C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Media Player\Art Cache\localMLS. Are these related to the Windows Media Player Library and can these be safely deleted.

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Whats going on on my computer. I am running Vista Home Premium as a standalone computer with no other users but me. I have just got the following message:

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i have recently got an external hard drive and want to move all my music files there. i have copied those already, but my problem is how to let my widows media player read from the external HDD library and not from the internal one. i want to delete my music from my internal HDD to free some space.



A:how to change windows media player library

The easiest way is to remove all the listings from Media Library and then go to Search for Media and point the search to your new drive.

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I have Windows XP Pro, SP2.

I have a listing of songs, playlists, etc. in Windows Media Player (WMP) 10's library. What I'd like to do is have it be like I just installed Media Player, (the library not yet filled). Is there a file that holds the library information that I could just delete forcing WMP to rescan the My Music folder, (or where ever my music files are kept)? I also have Fedora Core 6 (Linux). Its media player is called Rhythymbox. With it I can delete a file that forces Rhythymbox to scan the folder where my Linux music is kept. Can I do anything like that with WMP?


A:How to blank out Windows Media Player 10's library

To blank out the library highlight all of the songs, right-click > delete (making sure to NOT delete the files). Do the same with the playlists.

Rather than have WMP scan for music and add it, just drag-and-drop your music folders into the library.

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I use widows media player 11 to play music from the files on my PC. I open my file folder and click play. I noticed tonight going through the headings on the player Library- Burn- Rip etc that the library has a list of stuff going back months. I never play music from there I always do as above and play from the file folder in "My Received Files". I looked but could find no function to delete the library only something which said " when deleting files from library also delete from my computer" which I don't want to do. I only want to use WMP11 as a player / viewer not a library. I did a search but couldn't find anything so could some one tell if it is possible to delete the library. I don't see the sense in having these files in two different places on my PC.
As usual thanks in advance.

A:How To Delete Library In Windows Media Player 11

pretty sure the library thing is just a catalog of the media you have on your computer. If you're talking about playlists I'm not positive how to delete them, I don't mess with them.

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I want to erase the Media Library in Windows Media Player so I can rebuilt without dups. What is the file name and in which folder do I find it.



A:Solved: Windows Media Player library

I would select all the tracks in the library and delete, making sure it says 'Delete from library only'. Then drag and drop your files back in to rebuild.

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I have just changed the MP3 tags on a few songs in my very small library. I imagine that the changes will show up in WMP, but I don't know.

Can I force the changes to be recognized by WMP?

If I can't force them, will they ultimately show up in the library?

How long will that take, and is there some way I can keep track of it, other than opening WMP and looking at the library to see if the updates have been made?
(I see many old posts about problems like this. Maybe it's just a bug that has never been fixed.)

A:Windows Media Player - Library Update


First, please let us know how you change the MP3 tags. Third party tools will not refresh the library. You can refer to

Updating Mp3 Tags?

To manually change the library, please try the following:

1. Click the Windows "Start" menu and click "All Programs." Click "Windows Media Player" to launch the media player.
2. Click the "Library" tab located on the top and click "Pictures" on the pop-up menu. Click "All Pictures" on the left panel under "Library." You should see all the pictures uploaded to
the WMP library.
3. Right-click the picture you want to remove and click "Delete." Specify whether you want to remove the picture only from the WMP library or if you want to remove it from the library and
the computer. Click "OK." To select multiple pictures, press and hold "CTRL" as you click each picture you want to remove. Right-click the selection and click "Delete." Select the delete option you want and click "OK."

More information:
Remove items from the Windows Media Player Library

If you want to force update Windows Media Player, you can also try to rebuild Windows Media Player database.

To do this, follow these steps:

1. Exit Windows Media Player.
2. Click Start, click Run, type
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Media Player, and then click OK.

3. Select all the files in the folder, and then click Delete o... Read more

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Every time when I fire up WMP my whole library is missing and WMP start to rescan all folders that I previously assign to Music library folder. It slow my PC very much. I got about 80 gigs of music files and this is a great impact on pc performance. Sorry for bad english :(

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