I know there are hundreds of threads all over the internet that are about a corrupted library in WMP 12, but I've tried every solution I came across, and after not getting the right answer in Microsoft Answers, I turn to Seven Forums to see if there's anything I've missed.
First, the actual problem. In my WMP 12 library, there are several albums/artists that are grouped in as "Unknown". I import all my music through iTunes as MP3 files, so they can easily be opened in WMP. The very reason I care about WMP's library is that sometimes it's just faster to open, so I like to keep that in order (also I'm very anal about all my files being in perfect order everywhere
). I noticed the "Unknown" problem pretty recently, so I ran the troubleshoot, and it told me that the library was corrupted.
Every actual MP3 file and folder are in order and in their place in the library, and present. The quickest solution seemed to be to go to Tools and click "Restore media library". It seems to work alright until it gets to a certain point, after which any number of albums will be sent to "Unknown". Trying the process again never has the same results, and different albums end up in the purgatory.
I moved on to other solutions provided, such as going to the AppData and deleting the files associated with WMP and letting the library rebuild itself, only for it to continue. Also tried going to "Turn Windows features on and off", turning WMP off, restarting, turning it back on, restarting, rebuilding, but nothing.
The last thing I just tried today was a Microsoft Fix It, which completely refreshed WMP as if I had just opened it for the first time on the OS (selecting which types of files to associate it with, setting up a store, etc.). It began to rebuild my library but ran into the same problems.
Also if it's worth mentioning, when rebuilding the library, once it runs into "Unknown" songs, every time I maximize WMP, the window won't fully load. It's difficult to describe but it won't show certain things unless I mouse over them.
I would greatly appreciate any help about this, if there is some solution or guide that I've missed.