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cannot delete files from windows media library

by Buck_Paull / May 11, 2011 12:18 AM PDT

I am using w7 and windows media player automatically loads a unknown file in my library. The problem is that most of the music is already in the library in the form of albums. Now I can't delete the unknown file or edit it.

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Clarification Request
What file?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 11, 2011 5:58 AM PDT

What is the name of the file?


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deleting file from windows media
by Buck_Paull / May 11, 2011 1:02 PM PDT
In reply to: What file?

It does not have a name other than unknown. In the file are 147 songs from other files in My Music. When I right click there is no properties, when I click on open file location nothing happens. When I click delete nothing happens, not even the dialog box for recycle confirmation. I've had this happen before but have always been able to delete until now.

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OK and in that case..
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 11, 2011 8:04 PM PDT

It's possible that the library file has become corrupted. It's just a file and not the music files themselves, so see if the guidance in the Microsoft link below works;

The problem is not exactly the same as yours I think, but it is close enough. Also, this relates to either Windows XP or Vista, but it still works with Windows 7 for WMP 12, (I just tested it).

This may mean you will have to re-create any playlists, I am not sure.

Let us know how you get on.


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deleting files from windows media
by Buck_Paull / May 12, 2011 1:05 AM PDT
In reply to: OK and in that case..

Mark, thanks for the reply. It was very helpful. You were correct in that I will need to rebuild the library, which is going to be a chore as I had 257 LP albums in it. However, the link you supplied worked great. Again, thank you. Buck

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Glad I could help.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 12, 2011 1:41 AM PDT

But I'm sorry about rebuilding the library.


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