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I have a computer at work that is only used to play music through media player - it is an xp box.
I will be replacing this pc with a win7 box, and ran easy transfere wizard, which worked fine except for the play lists on one of the users desktop. when i open the play list it says

"windows media player cannot find the file. if you are trying to play, burn, or sync an item that is in your library, the item might point to a file that has been moved, renamed, or deleted"

I poked around in the old pc's media player, and didn't see something like an export library. I don't use media player much at all, and maybe i missed something.
So does anyone know if I could export the music lists from the old computer to the new pc?
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You can export WMP (Windows Media Player) playlists for use in a different application on the same file system but if you try on a different file system then the playlist will be looking for the locations of the files on the original file system, regardless of anything you did with easy transfer wizard. The only way that I know of to make the exported playlists work on a different system without modification of the playlist data itself is to replicate the file system structure on the new file system, which is going to be an issue if you are going from XP to Windows 7 because XP uses C:\documents and settings\ for home folders while 7 uses C:\users for home users. You could change the location of your playlist items on the XP system to a more generic location ex C:\Music and then re-transfer. Either way, the playlist is like a library of shortcuts that are referencing direct file locations. So, if the playlist points to a directory structure that isn't there, it doesn't work. The trick in this case is finding a way to make the two directory structures (old machine and new machine) match. Then you should just be able to export through WMP on XP:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/268260
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thank you for the help.
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