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Windows 7: Windows Explorer not showing MP3 tags

26 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Windows Explorer not showing MP3 tags

Hi, first of all, I'm new here, so I apologize if this is in the wrong place.

Recently, my Windows Explorer started acting weird, it's not showing any of the tag information for my music. They are all tagged just fine (ID3v2.3), and all the tags show up just fine in Windows Media Player and iTunes. However, Explorer simply won't show them, so when I add them to my MP3 player they are all listed under artist (unknown).

Here's a photo of it, as you can see, the artist, album, title ect... fields are all blank (even though they are tagged).

I am using Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit BTW.



EDIT:
Alright, problem solved. To anyone who's having this problem, and all the posts online saying "oh convert to this tag, or use this program, or make sure it's not 2.4" ect..., try this:

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

1. Click start (Windows Icon)
2. Click All Programs
3. Click Accessories
4. Right Click Command Prompt
5. Run As Admin
6. type "sfc /scannow" without the " "
7. Press Enter

Just let it do it's thing, it should detect the corrupted files causing this and automatically replace them.


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26 Jun 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Gilliam, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Looking at the details pane for the selected file in your screenshot, it doesn't appear that you have any file details (tags) set for it. Tagging them using a 3rd party program like iTunes may not have the tag show in Windows Explorer. Check using the tutorial below to see if you may be able to add a tag, and see it in Windows Explorer afterwards.

File Details Properties - Add, Change, or Remove

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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26 Jun 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi, thanks for the response. I have them all tagged with mp3tag, and they have worked fine and displayed in explorer since as long as I can remember. It's only recently (about a week ago) that explorer has stopped displaying them.

When I try to manually change the tags through explorer (right click -> properties -> details) it won't let me change anything. I click on them to change them like you're supposed to be able to do, but nothing happens. Also, I have my permissions set to full control for all users, so it's not that.

Here's a second picture, showing what the same folder from the first picture looks like in mp3tag. As you can see, all the files are fully tagged.

I've been searching the web for the last few hours, seems I'm not the only one with this problem, there's a quite a few others. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find a solution for Windows 7 anywhere.
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26 Jun 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

How bizarre- I have the opposite. Having accidentally set MP3tag as the default for opening MP3s, I now have cover art thumbnails and tag info in Explorer that I want to get rid of.

You could try setting MP3tag as the default, reboot, and then changing the default back to what you have now. However, I've found in my case that system restore doesn't want to change the behavior back for some reason. So if you try this you may not be able to change back at a later date?

Ironically, I'd love to know what you did to remove them?
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26 Jun 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Oaken View Post
How bizarre- I have the opposite. Having accidentally set MP3tag as the default for opening MP3s, I now have cover art thumbnails and tag info in Explorer that I want to get rid of.

You could try setting MP3tag as the default, reboot, and then changing the default back to what you have now. However, I've found in my case that system restore doesn't want to change the behavior back for some reason. So if you try this you may not be able to change back at a later date?

Ironically, I'd love to know what you did to remove them?
well, for your problem I'd say just open them up in mp3tag, select the ones you want to erase the tags of, then right click -> tag remove. Click okay, wait for it to finish, then save.
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26 Jun 2011   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by General Gilliam View Post
well, for your problem I'd say just open them up in mp3tag, select the ones you want to erase the tags of, then right click -> tag remove. Click okay, wait for it to finish, then save.
If only it would be that simple. I don't want to remove the tags from the files- only the thumbnails, etc, from Windows Explorer.
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02 Jul 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Alright, problem solved. To anyone who's having this problem, and all the posts online saying "oh convert to this tag, or use this program, or make sure it's not 2.4" ect..., try this:

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

1. Click start (Windows Icon)
2. Click All Programs
3. Click Accessories
4. Right Click Command Prompt
5. Run As Admin
6. type "sfc /scannow" without the " "
7. Press Enter

Just let it do it's thing, it should detect the corrupted files causing this and automatically replace them.
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02 Jul 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's great news Gilliam. Thank you for posting back with your solution.
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30 Oct 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64,
 
 

All, if you are still having this problem and you have dBpoweramp installed, make sure you have the latest version (14.2) There has been this recent bug fix:
"Bug Fix: Uninstall could leave the Windows Property details page for previously registered formats (such as mp3) inoperable"
Once I upgraded to the latest version, all my tags reappeared, yay!
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15 Dec 2012   #10

Win8 Pro 64-bit
 
 

DirtyPaws11 had the fix. I had the issue on Windows 7 and Win8. On Win8, I had been using dB 14.2 though, but an install to 14.3 on top of itself fixed the issue. On both systems I had uninstalled dB in trying to troubleshoot why cdwriter wasn't working. And, by the way, sfc did not fix the issue, nor did ◦DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth, which I think is the equivalent in Win8 to KB947821 in Windows 7.
Edit: I posted the above a few days ago, and just now found the same issue occurring--all music files have been tagged, by MP3Tag, and suddenly Explorer windows of music folders are not showing anything other than the file names. I had not done anything with dBPoweramp in the interim--i.e., not installed any codecs, or updated anything--but installing 14.3 on top of itself fixed the issue immediately.
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