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Windows 7: WMP still shows deleted files

26 Dec 2009   #1
DxxS

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
WMP still shows deleted files

I had some tracks in WMP, i re-ripped the tracks at a higher bit rate and deleted the original files from their containing folder, WMP added the new files and still shows the old ones, i tried playing them and recieved an error(i guessed this would happen) then i right clicked, delete and nothing happens, so, i restored the files from the recycle bin and WMP just added them again so i now have the tracks listed 3 times?

Any assistance would be fantastic, i even tried clearing out my whole library but the tracks stayed there.

Cheers,

DxxS.


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26 Dec 2009   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Just a quick question: did you close WMP at all during this process? Perhaps all it needed was a hard refresh.
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26 Dec 2009   #3
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

I used this method to get rid of the sample media, it's worth a shot.
Deleting sample files from Windows Media Player
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26 Dec 2009   #4
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DxxS View Post
I had some tracks in WMP, i re-ripped the tracks at a higher bit rate and deleted the original files from their containing folder, WMP added the new files and still shows the old ones, i tried playing them and recieved an error(i guessed this would happen) then i right clicked, delete and nothing happens, so, i restored the files from the recycle bin and WMP just added them again so i now have the tracks listed 3 times?

Any assistance would be fantastic, i even tried clearing out my whole library but the tracks stayed there.

Cheers,

DxxS.
What I did to clear the WMP library......
First, copied the music folder onto my external HDD.
Second, selected all in the folder and hit delete.
Third....opened up WMP, opened it to where you see the attachment. I double-clicked the highlighted "folders", and deleleted each one. Then I closed WMP, and when I bring it back up now, the library is clear.

After all this, I transferred my tunes back into the internal drive, but I am not using WMP for music. I do think it is getting better, and it's what I use for watching DVD's, but I am sticking with my old standby MediaMonkey for my music, combined with Exact Audio Copy for ripping.

Hopefully this helped you out!


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26 Dec 2009   #5
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Delete the files from the folder you no longer want.

then (If you still have invalid refrences of them in the library, a work around that works)

right click the top bar of WMP, just to left of the PLAY/BURN/Sync tabs ..

youll get a menu:

Choose Tools/ Advanced/ Restore Media library


This will complete empty all references (including invalid and valid ones) and empty the library completly.

it does NOT delete any valid files. Simply empties the library, and erases all references to files.

When you restart WMP it will rebuild the library from scratch, as if a first launch.

The invalid entries will be gone, and only good ones shown again.

hope this helps.


Easiest way I have found to get rid of sample Media is delete the source.
by default: C:/Users/Public ... and delete the sample media from each folder -- ((Music,Videos,Recorded TV,Pictures))

And yes, I agree ...
Media Monkey is pretty sweet once you get it all tweaked to your preferences
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26 Dec 2009   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
Choose Tools/ Advanced/ Restore Media library

This method does not work in all cases. What works is:

1. go to C:\Users\your name\AppData\Local\Microsoft
2. there you rename the folder Media Player into Media Player.old
3. restart WMP. It will recreate all entries correctly provided you have proper Music folders
4. If it worked (and it should), you can delete the Media Player.old folder
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27 Dec 2009   #7
Mercurial

Windows 7 32bit RTM
 
 

try to resync you're music folders in the library menu... and what I mean by that is.


remove then readd the folders. that should sync the music files.
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27 Dec 2009   #8
DxxS

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
Delete the files from the folder you no longer want.

then (If you still have invalid refrences of them in the library, a work around that works)

right click the top bar of WMP, just to left of the PLAY/BURN/Sync tabs ..

youll get a menu:

Choose Tools/ Advanced/ Restore Media library


This will complete empty all references (including invalid and valid ones) and empty the library completly.

it does NOT delete any valid files. Simply empties the library, and erases all references to files.

When you restart WMP it will rebuild the library from scratch, as if a first launch.
The invalid entries will be gone, and only good ones shown again.
Thanks Wishmaster, worked a treat.
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27 Dec 2009   #9
Gornot

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

In the future, make sure you remove the files from the WMP library FIRST, then re-rip them, delete, move etc. and you won't have these problems again... sheesh
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27 Dec 2009   #10
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Remember that Library's are only pointers to the actual files which are contained in your user files or public files. If you want to delate files from the library you need to go into the original file location and delate them. After that you will only see an empty folder left over in the Library which you can then delate. Delating the actual files from the Library isn't the correct way of doing it.
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