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WMP lost my music library!

Q: WMP lost my music library!

I recently imported almost 3000 mp3 files into WMP and created a playlist with almost 500 songs. This took several hours to do. Now when I open WMP, it's empty! No playlist, no audio files anywhere. Anybody have any ideas?

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A: WMP lost my music library!

Did you save the playlist. Logical thing to do if your making a large list. This happened to me a few times with Winzip with a Playlist of about 400 Songs. Luckily i saved my playlist after i add about 10 new songs to it.
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Referencing this earlier forum posting and answer:

I followed the same steps as directed and was able to successfully restore my entire music library, which is great! However, all my Playlists are now empty. Did I permanently lose them? I find it hard to believe that they are not mapped somehow and even if the files moved locations that I would lose all the data contained in them.

I have a complete back-up on another drive. How can I move the backed up Playlists over to my main iTunes account? Thank you for any assistance you can provide me to remedy this very frustrating and time consuming problem.
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A:Solved: Windows media music library vs music folders

Mp3 music files have tags that are kept inside the files themselves. The most common ones are Artist, Album, Track Title, Track Number, Release Year and Genre. When you put a file into the WMP library, the tags are read and stored, along with the file location.

So the tag data is what shows up in the WMP library and you can sort on various fields depending on which version you have. But the files can be put anywhere and named anyway you like. Most people use a certain naming convention like Artist-TrackNumber-Title.

If you want to sort the folders by genre you could do that, but you'll have to do it manually. You can do some manipulating of folders and filenames with tag editors. If you want to give that a try get Mp3Tag.
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A:Xbox Music Library

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A:Managing my music library, help!

Hey, if you bring up your iTunes and click on the advanced menu, then choose Consolidate Library, this will copy your files into your designated itunes folder under the directory artist/album. Also the files will be copied and not moved, so after you bring order to the chaos so to speak, you can delete your originals. And iTunes will recognise the change in directory so you wont have to re-add your library!
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sorry, meant with some kind of program as too lazy to do it all manually
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A:How to tell MUSIC app to rescan the library?

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Once MP11 rebuilt my library, the problem returned.
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This is a problem as it takes three days to rebuild as I have a large music libary.
Any Ideas? Could it be because my library is too big?
Any advice is appreciated.


A:WMP11 - Music Library Problem

WMP is an OK media player, but the music database just doesn't work that well.

For a large music collection you should try MediaMonkey, a freeware all-in-one music organizer.
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A:Corrupted library music files

Delete the WMP database and rebuild it:
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A:wmp12 "there are no items in your music library"

The "library" is not even a real's just a virtual location that doesn't have any content unless someone chooses to place "files" there by having them imported to that location.  In reality...all that happens (IMO) is that a pointer/shortcut is placed there which points to the real file location and allows it to be accessed/played.
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A:Libraries do not work. I just see music.library-ms.

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A:Transferring iTunes music library to new PC

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A:Making a list of my music library help

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A:music library seems to skip randomly

Enhancements disabled did not work.

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Faulting application name: vlc.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x4c76f9fe
Faulting module name: libmkv_plugin.dll, version:, time stamp: 0x4c76fa06
Exception code: 0x40000015
Fault offset: 0x000819f1
Faulting process id: 0x10a8
Faulting application start time: 0x01cb51608816eb05
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\plugins\libmkv_plugin.dll
Report Id: 32b9ba7a-bd5a-11df-80dc-6cf049ec5d74

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A:Music library partition links?

If you use Windows Media Player in Windows 7, you can tell it to look for music in a certain location.
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If you need additional help or have more questions or details to share, please join the site so you can reply in this thread. See this link for instructions on how to join Windows Central.
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One feature I like with WMP (Windows Media Player) and Windows Media Center is that they have the options to automatically search online and replace incorrect information with your songs, artists, etc. at the same time finding missing information (ie: album cover) however this feature has to be turned on. Go through your preferences and see if you would like this and then turn it on.
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This is not an audio problem (this forum section) but more a customization issue.

I'm using my Win 7 system right now and I see C:\Users\myname\Music as one location. Also C:\Users\Public\Music as another. Look in those locations.
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Go back to the PC?
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check this THREAD

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If the "Upgrade to Plus" is in the mp3 tags, then you're going to have to use WMP to find the right album art and update the tags.

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The following steps will take you through a very thorough uninstall and reinstall of Musicmatch Jukebox:

Step 1: Make sure all Musicmatch applications are shut down.
- Close Musicmatch Jukebox.
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- Click the "Processes" tab.
- Click the "Image Name" column title to sort the list alphabetically.

If any of the following applications appear in the list, highlight the application then click the "End Process" button:


Note: Ending a process may take several seconds. You may see a message
indicating that the application is not responding during this time. This
is normal. Simply click the "End Now" button if you see this message.

- Exit the Task Manager.

Step 2: Uninstall Musicmatch Jukebox using Add/Remove Programs
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- Click "Add or Remove Programs".
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- Click the "Change/Remove" button.
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- Reboot your PC.

Step 3: Remove any leftover files that were not automatically removed during uninstall.
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Example: C:\Program Files\

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- Confirm that you want to delete it.
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Example: C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Temp

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- Navigate to the application data folder on your hard drive:

Example: C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\

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- Confirm that you want to delete it.

Note: Replace "user" with your Windows account name. The Local Settings folder is a system folder and may be hidden. To unhide system folders
follow the instructions at the following URL:

Step 4: Remove leftover registry entries that were not automatically removed during uninstall.
- Click the Start button.
- Click "Run"
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- Click OK.

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Step 5: Reinstall the Musicmatch Jukebox.
- Please download the setup file from the following URL:

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If they're deleted, you can try Recuva, a free file undeletion tool.
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Hello PBJSawyer, Welcome to TSF!

The short answer to your question is NO!
The files might have been accidently erased by another user of the computer.

You could try a System Restore back to a time/date before this occurred....
Go Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore...follow the on-screen prompts to restore the system back, say, 3 or 4 days and see if that helps.

Post back with the results.

Kind Regards,
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Hi Danabone, and welcome to TSG.

Found this on the Apple web site. NOTE: I have never tried this and am not familiar with the latest incarnations of iTunes or iPods (However I may soon have to learn them. Just got my wife an iPod Classic for Christmas).

Copying iTunes Store purchases from your iPod or iPhone to a computer

EDIT: You son is right about the danger of loosing all of the contents of the iPod. Older versions of iTunes had a default setting of automatically syncing an iPod to the current library on the hard drive as soon as the iPod was connected. If the library on the hard drive was empty, the iPod contents were set to match. Not sure about later versions.
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Hello Genesis, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you did a in-place upgrade install from Vista to Windows 7, then you may have a C:\Windows.old folder that contains a backup of everything in your previous Vista installation. You can navigate within this folder to where they were to copy them back into Windows 7.

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A:Lost Photos And Music

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A:Lost all documents, music &.txt notes

My problem is solved now.
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System restore will probably work, and it should take care of all the folders at once if you pick the right date.
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Hi Jeremy,
Sorry about your loss, but the data can still be in the external drive - if you haven't overwritten them. Have a look at this page:

I have not used the program myself, but it seems to work fine. The only thing is that you do not write on the drive E. It might not be a bad idea using a different disk altogether where to put the data as you recover them.

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A:help with retrieving lost misplaced reformatted files, esp my music

have had to restore system b4 Click to expand...

Did you use System Restore?

Worth a try ....
Start > Run ...type in....msconfig....OK
Click on "Launch System Restore".
Select a date that is prior to your problem starting.

Your data, files, photos etc will be ok.
Any software / updates installed after the chosen date will be lost and you will need to re-install.