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Delete/Repair the Windows Media Player Library
By  Super Admin  | Published  02/23/2005 | User Interface Page 3 | Rating:
Delete/Repair the Windows Media Player Library

If you have moved your music around on your hard drives, Windows Media Player continues to add new entries into it's library instead of modifying the existing ones. This means that you will now have multiple entries for the same song, half of which will not work now because you have moved the files to their new location. To delete the current library and build a new one, do the following:

1. Close Windows Media Player, wait about 3 seconds for the database to close.

2. Using "My Computer", navigate to the following folder:
F (or whatever drive is appropriate for you):\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Media Index

3. Delete the "wmplibrary....db" file here. This is not your actual music, only the database which Windows Media Player uses as a listing.

4. Start Windows Media Player

5. Hit "F3" and enter the location where you have moved your music to. If it is on muliple drives, check "All Drives". Let it finish.

You're Done!
All the old listings will now be gone, and you will only have the new accurate ones.

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  • Comment #1 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Just what i needed. thanks
     
  • Comment #2 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    nice
     
  • Comment #3 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    because it was easy to follow,and worked first time which is a first for me.
     
  • Comment #4 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    NO help at all
     
  • Comment #5 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Very helpful and the instuctions were easy to follow aswell thanx alot
     
  • Comment #6 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    With Media Player 10 in Windows XP you need to go to your username instead of All Users, then to the Media Player folder and delete those files.
     
  • Comment #7 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It matches my exact situation but the help does not do what it described it should. After waiting for it to regenerate the list it didn't do a damn thing. All of the old music was still there. How in the world so I get rid of my old music entries?!
     
  • Comment #8 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i have tried everything and including this and it doesnt work
     
  • Comment #9 (Posted by Al)
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    This only works for Windows Media Player 9. For Windows Xp with Windows Media Player 10 you need to delete the .wmdb file from the following location. Documents and Settings.....”Whatever your user name is”…Local SettingsApplicationDataMicrosoftMedia Player If you can’t find it there search your harddrive for *.wmdb files, that should track it dowm.
     
  • Comment #10 (Posted by Tom)
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    I have wmp v10 on an XP machine, I have searched my system drive for *.wmdb files but have not found any. I have enabled the "show hidden files" and also unchecked the "hide protected os files" but still no joy. Any suggestions would be appreciated, otherwise Im stuck with this useless out of date library.
     
  • Comment #11 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    incorrect. Does not work.
     
  • Comment #12 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I'd love an advanced user section on how to edit that file so the correct ones don't have to be rediscovered, but that's pretty minor. I'm also curious about the files in the same folder called CurrentDatabase_....wmdb. Do these affect the library in any way?
     
  • Comment #13 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    *.wmdb does not exist anywhere on my machine
     
  • Comment #14 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Does not work for Media Player 10. All the subsequent comments also do not work.
     
  • Comment #15 (Posted by pd)
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    To do this in Media Player 10, replace steps 2 and 3 with: delete CurrentDatabase_219.wmdb from C:Documents and SettingsyourusernameLocal SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftMedia Player
     
  • Comment #16 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Also read this if the above does not work: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/knowledgecenter/mediaadvice/0089.mspx#491 How can I create a new library?
     
  • Comment #17 (Posted by sun)
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    Try this if nothing works: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/knowledgecenter/mediaadvice/0089.mspx#491 How can I create a new library? sun
     
  • Comment #18 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    comment 8 (and 14) worked for me. XP Pro/WMP10answered the problem for me
     
  • Comment #19 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    why media player doesnt have this option I do not know. Great info thanks
     
  • Comment #20 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Too bad Microsoft doesn't provide better answers to real-world ops issues in their own KB articles...
     
  • Comment #21 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Didn't change anything. I still have duplicates. Any other ideas?
     
  • Comment #22 (Posted by Finally Organized)
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    STEP 8 DOES IT FOR winME/9 series player Your a genius man
     
  • Comment #23 (Posted by paris)
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    I couldn't find the files at first. You should allow some time after shuting down mp10 for the db to close properly. If that doesn't work try rebooting. The *.wmdb files are there!
     
  • Comment #24 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    doesn't work in media plyaer 10.
     
  • Comment #25 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It is great info, but some stuff gets left behind- unless it's just something coming from my end.
     
  • Comment #26 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you! This information saved me hours of frustration! Why doesn't Microsoft publish this as part of their knowledgebase? You are fantastic!
     
  • Comment #27 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    its wrong
     
  • Comment #28 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    told me axeactly what I wanted to know
     
  • Comment #29 (Posted by CorradoVT)
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    Comment #15 worked for me. ============================================== How can I create a new library? 1. Close Windows Media Player. 2. Locate the database file on the computer that contains your library entries. Typically, the library database file (CurrentDatabase_219.wmdb) is located in the following directory: systemdriveDocuments and Settingsuser_nameLocal SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftMedia Player 3. Right-click the file, and then click Rename. 4. Rename the file by changing its file extension to .bak. 5. Start the Player. When you do so, a new library database file is created. 6. Press F3 on your keyboard to open the Add to Library by Searching Computer dialog box. 7. Click the Browse button to locate a folder on your computer that contains digital media files. Specify the folder location in the Look in box. 8. Click the Search button. The Player will search for digital media files and playlists in the folder that you specify and add them to your library. If you have your files and playlists stored in different folders on your computer, you may need to search for files several times, specifying a different folder each time. ============================================== from: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/knowledgecenter/mediaadvice/0089.mspx#491
     
  • Comment #30 (Posted by da kine)
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    I've found the file I need to delete, but no matter what I do windows will not let me delete it because it says that it is in use by another program. I have shut my computer down completely and booted it up again after a few minutes to no avail.
     
  • Comment #31 (Posted by michelle)
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    My above link: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925718 only clears the database in Windows Media Player 11 :)
     
  • Comment #32 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Maybe the article is OK, but the workaround is not really nice
     
  • Comment #33 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Clear and to the point. I even used it for my Pocket PC - different locations, but at least I know what to look for
     
  • Comment #34 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    wmplib file not in specified location.
     
  • Comment #35 (Posted by julesz)
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    I couldnt find any .wmdb files with a search, but paste this exactly into a run command - it works. %userprofile%Local SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftMedia Player
     
  • Comment #36 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks - on the right track - but you HAVE to be able to viw hidden files & directories first!! thanks
     
  • Comment #37 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It didn't work the library stayed intact and the file is no longer in the folder... however if you place the file in a play list and click on it it will tell you it can't find it and give you the option of purging the library of files that can't be found
     
  • Comment #38 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    wmplibrary...db file does not exists... still i have playlist problems
     
  • Comment #39 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    file mentioned didn't exist
     
  • Comment #40 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have the same problem as Comment 28... please help
     
  • Comment #41 (Posted by Willy)
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    And when everything fails, then what. I tried all 40 odd remarks here
     
  • Comment #42 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    People like you who are willing to take the time to save others from frustration and hell rock!! thank you so much i finally got to delete the whole list on the My Music list in the player (because it would constantly show up even when i deleted the song files). thanks again
     
  • Comment #43 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it worked swell thanks for the advice! but i have another question about deleting the "shortcuts" that show up when you press "File". the shortcuts show up in a section under the "Properties" and "Work offline" button. Even though i previously deleted all my songs from my computer, these shortcuts still show up whenever I press File. Help?
     
  • Comment #44 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    completely clear & accurate instructions
     
  • Comment #45 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    very helpful and informative, it was taking me days sometimes to delete files dozen by dozen from my media library ...thanks u guys ;o)
     
  • Comment #46 (Posted by michelle)
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    The only thing that worked for me was this artcle: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925718 I follwed the steps and HOORAY!!
     
  • Comment #47 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    If this works this help is excellent. Will try soon.
     
  • Comment #48 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Excellent ! Is slightly different on Vista, but it worked - thanks a lot !
     
  • Comment #49 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Also delete any files labeled currentdatabase, that are located here: C:Documents and SettingsTonyLocal SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftMedia Player
     
  • Comment #50 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    short and clear explaination, which was found easily
     
  • Comment #51 (Posted by iamneer)
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    This will work for WMP 11 in XP & Vista. Follow this link. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925718
     
  • Comment #52 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    this didn't help but comments 8 & 14 did. thanks
     
  • Comment #53 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    excellent i am having trouble with a burned cd after i have cleared wmp db files wmp is still finding old names ripped to pc for music files
     
  • Comment #54 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    what If I've searched in google for repairs of Broken playlists in windows median player. the lists I've been playing over 8 years time and they are like hundreds of them. would those be fixed automatically too. or the entries from lists would go away :S
     
  • Comment #55 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It's incorrect and does not work
     
  • Comment #56 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks for the help, but this is what worked for me, and I have Media Player 10: Delete any files labeled currentdatabase, that are located here: C:Documents and SettingsTonyLocal SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftMedia Player
     
  • Comment #57 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Only deleting C:Documents and Settings[Your Profile]Local SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftMedia PlayerCurrentCurrentDatabase_219.wmdb worked for me. You can also prevent the player from accidentally rescanning everything in you just deleted by specifying your "watch folders". This is located in Tools/Options/Library and click on Monitor Folders. Remove/Add the folders with just the info you want displayed and only that will reappear after clearing your library.
     
  • Comment #58 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    My Media Index folder is empty. I looked everywhere on my computer for another one, but there is only one and there is nothing in it.
     
  • Comment #59 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    There is no such file as "):Documents and SettingsAll UsersApplication DataMicrosoftMedia Index"
     
  • Comment #60 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks!!
     
  • Comment #61 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks
     
  • Comment #62 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    does not work on windows xp media , there is no file in the folder you state
     
  • Comment #63 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    there was no file in the suggested location
     
  • Comment #64 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I thought my media player had gone mad. Could not locate or add new files to the library, could not delete earlier lists etc. It runs perfect now. Many thanx!!!!
     
  • Comment #65 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Works great. Thanks for the tip (MP-10)
     
  • Comment #66 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    "does what it says on the tin" - thank you (Win XP / WMP11)
     
  • Comment #67 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Which version does this apply to? There is no wmplibrary on my computer. Just a big messed up library. WMP v11.
     
  • Comment #68 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    clear, succint and simple.
     
  • Comment #69 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have been searching for something of this nature for quite some time and finally i'm on the road to recovery. thanks
     
  • Comment #70 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    there is no wmplibrary....db in Media Index Folder Plz Help
     
  • Comment #71 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    In my laptop there isn't any file called "wmplibrary"
     
  • Comment #72 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I want Vista, not XP.
     
  • Comment #73 (Posted by Terry)
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    Comment #48 works just fine for WMP V10. His suggestion for cleaning up the "Watch Folders" is the key to eliminating the "HUGE" library lists from reappearing.
     
  • Comment #74 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    didnt work
     
  • Comment #75 (Posted by Martin)
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    I have another problem with WMP - I added some files to my library from a CD but the names of songs were like "track 01" so WMP saved them as "xx track xx.wma" ... I found these names and renamed the songs in my the WMP library. the problem is: The files are still named like 01 Track 01.wma. Is there a way how to rename these files automatically??? I would be lucky if you could help
     
  • Comment #76 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    No "Application Data" folder
     
  • Comment #77 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    4, because it's simple to do and seemed to work...for the most part. I have multiple folders, and even making sure I only had the one folder checked I wanted to use going forward, it still seems to find some old ones somehow. So, it worked well -- but not perfect -- for me. Thanks!
     
  • Comment #78 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i cannot go further than All drives, as there is no Application data in this file
     
  • Comment #79 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    that file wasn't in that directory
     
  • Comment #80 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Initial post and subsequent updates made this relatively simple for me running XP & WMP 11. I purged all the Windows Media Library files out C:Documents and Settings yournamehere Local SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftMedia Player for myself and my other accounts on the machine, as well as the Media Index for 'All Users'. Worked like a charm.
     
  • Comment #81 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    this actually work. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY. WEEL DONE, THANK YOU
     
  • Comment #82 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Does not work for WMPlayer 11
     
  • Comment #83 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have no wmlibary....db file to delete. After I hit F3 there are choices to make, this article doesn't tell you about them. Also there is no place to check "All Drives" I'm still having trouble. Some of my mp3 files aren't in my libary. I'm still messing with it to try and get all my music listed.
     
  • Comment #84 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    WMP 11 doesn't seem to store the library at that location
     
  • Comment #85 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Obsolete crap...
     
  • Comment #86 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I did this several times... i even did a reboot on my computer before and after the deletion of the wmplibrary file and the old info was still there. this is a problem for me since i have over 100gigs of music that i just moved.
     
  • Comment #87 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This does not work. It will not let me delete my database.
     
  • Comment #88 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Doesnt work for me. could not find the file!!!
     
  • Comment #89 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    good advice - worked for me. my wmp just started locking up and the whole pc would follow after a few seconds. followed this and it works fine now.
     
  • Comment #90 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This article was exactly what I was looking for and it solved my problem. Thank You!
     
  • Comment #91 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    DOesn't work with WMP 11 - there's nothing in that folder (it must have been created by a previous version).
     
  • Comment #92 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    there is no files in the media index folder
     
  • Comment #93 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Did not solve my problem, but great insight and advice. Unfortunately F3 screen won't accept anything in the 'monitored Floders' field - and disappears as soon as I update it. Thereby no monitored folders.
     
  • Comment #94 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Excellent!
     
  • Comment #95 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #57 work great for me, got rid of all the audio, mp3's files I did not want. I had two files left over in the library and manually deleted them, right click on file (mp3)>properties>delete>delete from library, or from computer if you wish. Thanks Gary
     
  • Comment #96 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It doesn't work.
     
  • Comment #97 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I can't find the "F (or whatever drive is appropriate for you):Documents and SettingsAll UsersApplication DataMicrosoftMedia Index" part....where the hell is it?? It's not showing!
     
  • Comment #98 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks a lot boss i was facing a lot of problems , those are solved now.
     
  • Comment #99 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    had constant error with WMP library navigated to C:Users......AppDataLocalMicrosoftMedia Player and i deleted all .wmdb now all is great thanks
     
  • Comment #100 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    OK, good to know I can delete this stinko and useless (to me) 8 gig file. I'm a Winamp user. Too bad MS won't let you put it where you want. (I mean on a different partition.)
     
  • Comment #101 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it's exactly what i was looking for! thank you!
     
  • Comment #102 (Posted by JoeyP)
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    How come in Windows Vista Home Premium it the UAC will ask for my permission to open the folder and then deny me access....strange.....
     
  • Comment #103 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I couldn't find the library database in the folder it says it's in
     
  • Comment #104 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    THANK YOU all other reference info including Microsoft tells you to delete the database file in a different location!
     
  • Comment #105 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    The copy of the file I had was two years old and didn't actually fix anything when I deleted it. Article doesn't say what version of Media Player this applies to?
     
  • Comment #106 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    no help at all
     
  • Comment #107 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    you are a god! whoever posted this should immediately be made CEO of Microsoft - because you are smarter than Microsoft will ever be. I love you,
     
  • Comment #108 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    1. Close Windows Media Player, wait about 3 seconds for the database to close. 2. Using "My Computer", navigate to the following folder: F (or whatever drive is appropriate for you):Documents and SettingsAll UsersApplication DataMicrosoftMedia Index 3. Delete the "wmplibrary....db" file here. THE FILE IS NOT THERE!!!
     
  • Comment #109 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I'm not done! NEXT
     
  • Comment #110 (Posted by David Drenski)
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    thanks comment #172....worked...rock on bro
     
  • Comment #111 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Theres a command you can run inside wmp that does the same thing. Here's the instructions. -Click on the down arrow under "Library" -On that context menu select "apply media information changes" -then just go through the next dialog
     
  • Comment #112 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    please restore my window media player
     
  • Comment #113 (Posted by Christopher Girodat)
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    End Windows Media Player. Go to C:Documents and Settingsyour_usernameLocal SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftMedia Player, and delete all of the files of type "Windows Media Library". When you run Windows Media Player, your library will be empty and ready to add new files.
     
  • Comment #114 (Posted by Sturmrabe)
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    WMP11 users see post 49!!! And I can't remember which comment it was, but a couple down from that one in the 50's someone talks about disabling watched folders in tools_>Options, Library Tab... yeah, DO THAT! :)
     
  • Comment #115 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    The instructions were fine and easy to follow, but because I had Vista, I couldn't see the file I needed, even when you follow comment 113!
     
  • Comment #116 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Doesn't exist!
     
  • Comment #117 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    clear and precise...i like
     
  • Comment #118 (Posted by alefalko)
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    WINDOWS XP SP2 WMP 9 connected as USER ( not as ADMINISTRATOR ); I navigated to :Documents and SettingsmyusernameLocal SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftMedia Player and deleted the *.wmdb files there and it WORKED. THANKS to super admin, comment 10 and comment 106
     
  • Comment #119 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Excellent,yes there is a slight diff between WMP9,10&11 but the easiest method is to just delete all *.wmdb's. Ez method: From the StartSearch enter *wmdb, find them all and delete - your done!
     
  • Comment #120 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I followed the directions as given in the article but nothing changed in WMP.
     
  • Comment #121 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    shit
     
  • Comment #122 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    IS not applicable to WMP 9.
     
  • Comment #123 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    far too technical for newcomers to follow.NEED the simple version for dummies.windows media library full of stuff i didnt put there and computer brand new.cant delete.no help menu.basically the thing is useless to me.not interested in pre set choices of music in library.very poor support for this feature
     
  • Comment #124 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    the media player is no opening i need repairs
     
  • Comment #125 (Posted by J Mac)
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    Thanx guys it worked for me with windows 7
     
  • Comment #126 (Posted by Sarah)
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    I have Media Player 9, and this didn't work until I did Comment #46
     
  • Comment #127 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It didn't work. None of my music makes it into the library despite the progress meter saying otherwise.
     
  • Comment #128 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    ideal
     
  • Comment #129 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    One of the more elegant trick, sort the files by name, and odd enough the drive is part of the name, select everything on the nonexistingdrive and delete them. the file is clean now. another one delete the file (under the user location: CurrentDatabase_59R.wmdb) and all is clean.
     
  • Comment #130 (Posted by jharms)
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    For those of you running Media Player 10. When I navigated to the Microsoft Media Player Folder using File Explorer I couldn't see the wmdb file. If you do a search and click on Advanced and make sure you have a check in checkbox for viewing hidden files and folders it will find the wmdb files.
     
  • Comment #131 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    the problem still exists
     
  • Comment #132 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Information is erroneous for v10.0.x media player. No DB file in "All Users" and I can't find WTF Microcrap hides it! >:-(
     
  • Comment #133 (Posted by Anli-Mari)
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    I Have windows 7 and there is no documents and settings and I cant remove the music files from my laptop in windows media player. Where should I go?
     
  • Comment #134 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Instructions were clear and accurate. The author did not just say what to do but gave a the reasons why the program was behaving poorly. The reader should be able to solve any future issues.
     
  • Comment #135 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Didn't Work
     
  • Comment #136 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Hi, I created a playlist in media player, and when I deleted it from the player and the hard drive, something like a "ghost" file showed up in media player. It comes up like an audio file, but no information is embedded, I think it has something to do with the deleting of the playlist, since it popped up only when I did that, need some help getting rid of the "ghost" file. Any ideas?
     
  • Comment #137 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    The POPUPS on this site are an absolute disgrace, do you have no scruples at all?
     
  • Comment #138 (Posted by dale)
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    For Everyone who cannot et this to work. The file DOES exist, you are either: 1. Copying and pasting the location provided above without changing it to suite your user profile. 2. You are pointing to the wrong directory. The correct Directory is: C:Documents and Settings******Your User Name******Local SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftMedia Player Delete all files in that folder, but leaving the other 4 folders untouched. 3. You cannot see the file because you havent chosen to view hidden files or folders. To view hidden files: 3.1 Open Windows Explorer(or My Computer) 3.2 Click tools. 3.3 Click Folder Options. 3.4 Click the View tab. 3.5 Scroll down to Hidden files and folders and select show hidden files and folders and click ok. 3.6 Repeat option 2. above. Anyone who cant follow these instructions is quite simply stupid.
     
  • Comment #139 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it didnt help me
     
  • Comment #140 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    In WMP11, you need to look at Documents and Settings[user name]Local SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftMedia Player Besides, the Find Files program in XP is a little poor, so it is often no surprise that you can't locate the files by searching using this method.
     
  • Comment #141 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    as i want it be deleted
     
  • Comment #142 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thankyou comment 29, that was spot on and worked for wmp11!
     
  • Comment #143 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    this was helpful, but why does M$ think slapping a poorly implemented library system over the existing file structure is easier for people to understand? i shouldn't have to go into the Application Data hellhole and delete files just because i moved stuff around. Yes i know, they made it confusing on purpose because they are trying to start their own religion and the first rule in religion is: Let them be confused by our smoke and mirrors, lest they discover our faults.
     
  • Comment #144 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    couldn't find "Documents and Settings"
     
  • Comment #145 (Posted by Unknown)
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    #15 really works
     
  • Comment #146 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Yes deleting the library file helps, but it also clears all playlists, auto playlists, sync data to mp3 players etc etc. AND after some time i get new errors on a lot of files, so i would end up remaking the playlists etc etc etc often. Is there REALLY no better way to clean up the errors without deleting the whole library. Such as a registry cleaner or so...
     
  • Comment #147 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    RESOLUTION To resolve this problem, clear the Windows Media Player database. To do this, follow these steps:1. Exit Windows Media Player. 2. For Windows XP: Click Start, click Run, type %userprofile%Local SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftMedia Player, and then click OK. For Windows Vista: Click Start, click Run, type %LOCALAPPDATA%MicrosoftMedia Player, and then click OK. 3. Select all the files in the folder, and then click Delete on the File menu. Note You do not have to delete the folders that are in this folder. 4. Restart Windows Media Player. Note Windows Media Player automatically rebuilds the database.
     
  • Comment #148 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Just the information I needed
     
  • Comment #149 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I canot open and run the program wnmadia plaier exe
     
  • Comment #150 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    database does not exist in the location or by this filename win xp sp3 media player v11
     
  • Comment #151 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This does not seem to work with Windows 7 And Windows Media Player 12. I have tried to Remove the Windows Feature Media Player and Media Center, Reboot, and then enable. This does not fix the Library either. I do not know what I could have done to break the library... but I have to manage the library every time I start Media Center. Would love to have some help. Thanks. AGKinFLA@hotmail.com
     
  • Comment #152 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    no, the same library keeps coming up. I have deleted it under all the users that exist after all users.
     
  • Comment #153 (Posted by Ian)
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    *****THIS WORKED FOR WMP 10***** *****SEARCH FOR ***ALL****.WMDB RATHER THAN LOOKING IN ONE LOCATION*** I think that many ppl are not deleting the current / appropriate wmdb file because they are looking i a specific location for it and deleting that (old) one. I searched *.wmdb and found 7 files in many locations - who knows which ones WMP is Using? If you find one in a particular location and delete it but it isn't the right one, then u will be frustrated. Renamed all to name.wmdbak (so i could find them again if needed or delete as they are specific BAK files)
     
  • Comment #154 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This is exactly what I had to do.
     
  • Comment #155 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    No use for big library, you have to reset all sharing info, lose parental settings and ratings. Brute force and ignorance method.
     
  • Comment #156 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Because there was nothing in this folder dispite my library.
     
  • Comment #157 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Did not answer my question. I want to fix a broken link in the playlists
     
  • Comment #158 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Was not exactly what I needed (WMP11) but gave enough of a hint for me to find out what I DID need to do. Thanks.
     
  • Comment #159 (Posted by Samantha)
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    I finally found the Application Data folder but the MediaIndex is empty...
     
  • Comment #160 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    THANKS!
     
  • Comment #161 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    wrong information there is no Application DataMicrosoftMedia Index wmplibrary....db
     
  • Comment #162 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    For Windows Media Player 11 on XP, delete the database files in: C:Documents and SettingsLocal SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftMedia Player It seems the original post missed the Local Settings Folder. My fix here worked great.
     
  • Comment #163 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I need one of my playlists to be repaired or re-associated, still not able to find the music
     
  • Comment #164 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    WELL, THAT FILE DOES NOT EVEN EXIST ON MY COMPUTER. I HAVE SEARCH EVERY WHERE, ALL USERS. I EVEN SEARCH FOR HIDDEN FILES & HAVE MY SETTINGS SO I SEE ALL FILES. SO WHAT DO I DO NOW. I CAN GET MEDIA PLAYER TO SEE ALL MY FILES. BUT IT WORKS FINE ON MY OTHER COMPUTERS. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  • Comment #165 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    File not present in location described. No help whatsoever.
     
  • Comment #166 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Does not apply to Vista
     
  • Comment #167 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Just select all files in library view then delete to empty the library (make sure you chosee optoin that doesnt delete the actual files!)
     
  • Comment #168 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    short, simple but effective solution
     
  • Comment #169 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    this crap didn't help at alllllllllllllllllllllllllll next time make sure youu get your facts correct
     
  • Comment #170 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    sounds simple compared to other options
     
  • Comment #171 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    there are 2 Application data folders, make sure you open the one within the local settings and not the one directly under the username. Then you will find the folder Microsoft and Mediaplayer and then delete all the .wmdb files. worked for me on Xp WMP11
     
  • Comment #172 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I do not want to delete my library. I am afraid if I do delete my library my playlist will obsolete.
     
  • Comment #173 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    did not help me.
     
  • Comment #174 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you.
     
  • Comment #175 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Can't do this in Vista! Otherwise great...
     
  • Comment #176 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    you are 2 releases behind
     
  • Comment #177 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This can be a very annoying flaw in WMP, which can take a very long time to rectify. Thank you for this article.
     
  • Comment #178 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Because I can NOT figure out how to direct the Media Library to point to the folders where I want to / keep my music files. I'm used to using Windows Explorer for organizing my files, and the Media Player is definitely NOT intuitive! Thanks VERY much for this help.
     
  • Comment #179 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Dude, you are awesome. Thanks!
     
  • Comment #180 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    short and sweet. thanks.
     
  • Comment #181 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Any fool knows this. Why can't some bright spark figure a way to edit an existing currentdatabase_360 file. Or at least a way to import from an old computer that doesn't require vista easy transfer.
     
  • Comment #182 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It's close. But my files are in C:Documents and SettingsAll UsersLocal SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftMedia Player. Notice the addition of "Local Settings." Also, they might be in a different profile then "ALL USERS." Just delete the whole Media Player file when you find it. The correct one will have the *.wmdb files in it. It may be easiest to just search your computer for *.wmdb files and delete the directory you find them in provided it looks somewhat like the location in this article.
     
  • Comment #183 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It explained what to do in a user friendly way. And, it worked
     
  • Comment #184 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    10/20/08 - Win XP/ WMP 11. The above did not work but a search for *.wmdb files and deleting all of them, including the registry entries, did the trick. I suppose I could have done them one at a time but don't have the cognative capacity. Be sure to check the "search system" and "search hidden" in the "more advanced options."
     
  • Comment #185 (Posted by Maarten Griffioen)
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    Use below location for MP 11 and Vista. %userprofile%Local SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftMedia Player Good luck.
     
  • Comment #186 (Posted by Frederick Angelo)
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    None of the delete tips ive tried has worked, and i was navigated to the right folder HOWEVER. when i searched after .wmdb files, i found LOADS even tho my folder was empy it seemed that the part can vary a little, as mine Right path was this : E:Documents and SettingsFrederickLokale indstillingerApplication DataMicrosoftMedia Player Remeber this is a Danish installation of XP, i would say that "lokale indstillinger" would translate into "Locale Options" or something simmilar :P, this helped me, Search and you shall find.. Thanks i was SO close to jjust uninstall my WM 11. ^^.
     
  • Comment #187 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    no help
     
  • Comment #188 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Straight to the point
     
  • Comment #189 (Posted by Er_CoCo)
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    The answer in comment #29. that's it folks. problem solved. I did not delete any file. I just renamed all of them (just in case). Worked perfectly. follow those steps. Peace!
     
  • Comment #190 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    a file is locked.
     
  • Comment #191 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I don't have a folder called Media Index or a file called wmplibrary. Searched my entire computer.
     
  • Comment #192 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    wrong info
     
  • Comment #193 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Read only files cannot be viewed in Windows xp
     
  • Comment #194 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Obscure problem. Great and accurate fix. Thanks! Adding the phrase "remove duplicate music from Windows 7 media center music library" for help in other searches
     
  • Comment #195 (Posted by Tip giver)
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    This worked for me. Wanted to add a few tips for Windows 7 users: 1. I went to the "folders" within control panel and checked the button to "show hidden files" - this made the app data folder visible 2. The file was found at: c>users>myname>appdata>local>microsoft>mediaplaywer 3. the file was called "Current Database_372 (in my case) 4. I couldn't delete it initially (i did make a copy just in case) 5. To delete it I had to turn off the windows Media sharing service. To do this: - right click on computer - Manage - services and application - services -Windows Media Network sharing services - Right click properties - Stop service Then you can delete the database file then go back and turn the service on From there, I went into media center...re-added the library with my music and all the duplicates went away good luck!
     
  • Comment #196 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    file was empty and problems not solved. Documents and SettingsAll UsersApplication DataMicrosoftMedia Index
     
  • Comment #197 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    No such thing on my computer
     
  • Comment #198 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    not relevant for Windows 7, path does not exist.
     
  • Comment #199 (Posted by jason doran)
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    NOT WORKING FOR YOU?? CAN'T FIND THE FILES OR FOLDERS?? AFTER YOU CLICK [ USER ] [ TOOLS ] [ FOLDER OPTIONS ] [ VIEW ] advanced settings: [show hidden files and folders] [click the two boxes underneath the previous(hide extension...)(hide protection...)] don't fear the warnings! ALL FILES AND FOLDERS ARE NOW UNHIDDEN and you can precede to follow the instructions. Don't forget to rename the file or you may not be able to delete it.
     
  • Comment #200 (Posted by jason doran)
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    i WANTED TO ADD TO ME POST...IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO HIDE THE UNHIDDEN FILES AGAIN!!!!!! TY GL
     
  • Comment #201 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    no files ion this folder... but very large library...
     
  • Comment #202 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    because your way worked! Thanks!
     
  • Comment #203 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    My WMP is deleting songs from my playlist, that I have not deleted. Do you know how to fix this problem?
     
  • Comment #204 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It cleaned up the library first try. Directions explicit and easy to follow.
     
  • Comment #205 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    WMP has caused me to waste dozens of hours continually fixing its listing of my media as I download and then remove audio library books, and move music around. If this works, I'll be a new person, with lots more time to enjoy my media instead of fiddling with it.
     
  • Comment #206 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i add folder my library but wmp ýsnt read and add itt
     
  • Comment #207 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    the file did not exist on my computer and yes, it was XP.
     
  • Comment #208 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    windows 7??
     
  • Comment #209 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Excellent
     
  • Comment #210 (Posted by a)
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    what worked for me was to search for .wmdb files. i searched my harddrive for all .wmdb files. also i had to click the "more advanced options" in the search and had to have "search hidden files and folders" selected. i also had "search subfolders" and "search system folders selected"...it came up with two different .wmdb files i just deleted them and opened WMP and everything was clear. Good luck.
     
  • Comment #211 (Posted by DAWG56)
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    ALTERNITIVES? Didn't work. "Media index" folder is empty
     
  • Comment #212 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    didn't work
     
  • Comment #213 (Posted by Bill Johnson)
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    Good advise but with Player 11, the file that needs to be deleted is in; C:Documents and SettingsUr NameLocal SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftMedia Player
     
  • Comment #214 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i have a different but related problem. when i move music files from one computer to another much of the accompanying data that I have entered into Windows Media Player - e.g. date recorded/genre etc. - does not transfer. The basic stuff - song title, artist etc - does migrate but not the stuff I manually entered. I am forced to re-enter it. How can I solve this. thanks.
     
  • Comment #215 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Simple,succinct and actually answers the question. Simples...
     
  • Comment #216 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    clear and concise
     
  • Comment #217 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    The file didn't even exist, the Media Index folder was empty.
     
  • Comment #218 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Folks, this was helpful in that it alerted me to the type of file to delete. So, I searched for all .wmdb files (and I checked "hidden files" too) and deleted all of them. There were tons of .wmdb files that were created over the years. Now my library is blank and ready to be rebuilt. Bottom line. Do a search for .wmdb files and delete them.
     
  • Comment #219 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Folder name does not exist in WindowsXP MediaPlayer 10
     
  • Comment #220 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    the folder "media index" is empty
     
  • Comment #221 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i cant find media index folder empty ?
     
  • Comment #222 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    no wmplibrary....db file exists in version of WMP I am using
     
  • Comment #223 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    No files in folder :Documents and SettingsAll UsersApplication DataMicrosoftMedia Index
     
  • Comment #224 (Posted by ryeue)
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    in windows media player 12 of windows 7, go to TOOLS ---- ADVANCED --- RESTORE MEDIA LIBRARY.
     
  • Comment #225 (Posted by Letje)
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    THNX to Comment #137 (Posted by dale) Couldnt be more clear!!!!
     
  • Comment #226 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    no help
     
  • Comment #227 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it works! if Windows won't let you delete a file because it is in use (see comment #30), right-click on it, go to properties, go to security, and make t so that the system has full deny permissions.
     
  • Comment #228 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I am not able to delete my media files with rmvb,avi & flv extentions.All my music files are being removed safely, but none of my media files. Whenever i try to remove a media files i get the msg-'unable to delete the file,make sure its not in use or write protected'. I don't think either is the case, but am not sure how to find if the file is 'write protected' and how to unlock it. I had recently downloaded new RealPlayer and also Videopad movie maker to make movies out of the exsisting files.After I made these movies, i converted them into MPEG formet, and even those copied converted files aren't getting deleted, so now, i have a bulk of unwanted media files in my c drive. Please help me as soon as possible
     
  • Comment #229 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Needs clarification on the version of media player/windows that this applies to.
     
  • Comment #230 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    many thanks for the suggestion
     
  • Comment #231 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Not applicable to Win 7
     
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