Windows Media Player 12 - Updating Library - Initially adds duplicates

Posted on 2011-09-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
In WMP 12, I have only set one Default Save Filename, which is on a different partition.  I have unchecked about all that I could as far no Internet updates, information, etc. However, after closing it down for a while, and then openning it back up, it goes through and "Updates Media Information."  It then shows a duplicate for each of the songs.  If I close it down and restart within a minute or so, the "duplicates" are gone, leaving only those songs which are in the seperate partition, which is also where the actual songs are located.

I have my UAC accounts on a seperate drive as well.  What is actually occuring and how can I keep this always happening when I restart it after being shutdown for a while?
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Expert Comment

ID: 36554617
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.

Repair guide:

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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Author Comment

ID: 36557452
I could not find \Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Media Index, with the file wmplibrary..db within my computer.  Did a serarch of the entire computer and nothing came up.  Could not access with Win 7.  Did look at the registry and did find that HKEY_CURRET_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Player\Settings  SaveAsDir was the wrong directory.

It should have been I:\Music\My Songs\  but was I:Music\My Songs\Default Save\Playlist.
Default Save was a directory that I created then deleted.

I don't know the different between OpenDir and SaveAsDir,  but they are now the same.
I'll see how that works out.

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Expert Comment

ID: 36559455
What you did should have solved it.
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Author Comment

ID: 36581788
No, it didn't.  Would the playlists being in a seperate or mulitple areas cause this to occur?  If I have I:\Music\My Songs as the Default Directory and I:\Music\Instrumental as another directory to pull songs from, where should the Playlists be located?  Should they be in a Folder within I:\Music\My Songs, or does it matter.

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Accepted Solution

Michael-Best earned 500 total points
ID: 36585037
Would the playlists being in a seperate or mulitple areas cause this to occur?

You must have only one directory and inside that you can have multiple sub-directories, what you call them does not matter.

Author Comment

ID: 36587672
Well, at least I'm getting somewhere.  Let me be sure I understand.  Under Manage Music, I should only have one subdirectory listed, let's say \My Music. As I want to keep the Instrumental Music in a seperate folder, I need to move \Instrumental to My Music\Instrumental.  In the same \My Music folder, I need to have \My Music\Playlists, where all of my playlists are stored?

Is my understanding of this correct?


Author Comment

ID: 36995408
After all this time, the suggestions have worked for the most part.  Sometimes I get doubles, but after closing down and reopenning they appear as one.  I did learn a few things and do appreciate it.  I'll close this out.


Author Closing Comment

ID: 36995442
Thanks for providing some insight.

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