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Windows 7: stop WMP from importing music

20 Jul 2013   #1
CosmicJest

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 
stop WMP from importing music

Hello,
In older versions of Windows, I had the ability to tell WMP not to import my music files. How do I do that in Windows 7?


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21 Jul 2013   #2
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

You can choose which folders are monitored by WMP, and also change which media files are automatically added to the Player Library when played

Add items to the Windows Media Player Library

A Guy
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21 Jul 2013   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

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21 Jul 2013   #4
CosmicJest

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Taking the monitored folder out of the mix also removed all of my music out of the Windows library (still available under C: drive)! I re-added it, but having WMP stop monitoring the folder isn't the answer.

It's not an autoplay issue - this is specific to booting WMP and having it automatically import all my music files, whether or not there's a CD in the tray.
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21 Jul 2013   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CosmicJest View Post
It's not an autoplay issue - this is specific to booting WMP and having it automatically import all my music files, whether or not there's a CD in the tray.
Most people get mad when wmp does not show Imported content,
I seem to be missing the point of Importing files ?
wmp reads files in a folder/ My Music....
If your files are being removed when removing the default folder locations I would Import to a folder not being archived/ A new library...
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21 Jul 2013   #6
CosmicJest

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Now there's an idea. I can create a new folder called, say My Tunes, and put my music in there... Thanks.
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22 Jul 2013   #7
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

This new object/ folder would have to be a new library or located behind a partition which D-drive is a common drive letter for most consumer machines,
Then you can add a new library to this folder on the D-drive,
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/583-new-library-create.html
If the folder exists in My Music... wmp will still read it.
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22 Jul 2013   #8
CosmicJest

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Thank you for the follow-up, ThrashZone.

I recall wrestling with this issue on my Windows 8 computer as well, where WMP insisted on importing EVERYTHING in the Music library (audio books, ringtones, misc sound files, etc.), no matter what sub-folder I put them in. In order to keep my music out of WMP, I moved it to C: drive in a new folder not associated with a library, and had to go find it every time I wanted to access something - quite inconvenient. Now that I have a Windows 7 computer, I was hoping there was something I'd missed in the WMP settings, but seemingly not. I like using WMP from time to time, but don't want it clogged up with all my music files.

Microsoft, why did you remove our ability to choose whether or not WMP imports files from the default location??? Please give your many millions of users the ability to choose whether or not they want WMP to manage their music by restoring the option to import files from the default monitored folder!
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22 Jul 2013   #9
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

I don't believe Microsoft is listening here but "If" you don't already have a Partition on the C-drive it's really safer and not very hard to do/ Well Brink makes it easy
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/2674-partition-volume-create-new.html
Although I use this Incredibly easy to use utility for my External hdd,
http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm
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23 Jul 2013   #10
CosmicJest

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
I don't believe Microsoft is listening here
Yeah, it was more of a rhetorical comment.

Thanks for the suggestions.
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