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Reset the Windows Media Player library

About once a month, Windows Media Player refuses to let me delete one or more audio files from the library. Restarting Media Player doesn't help, and even restarting Windows doesn't fix it. The only thing I've found that works is to reset the library. To do this, delete the library database (this doesn't delete your media files, just the library), and let Media Player rebuild it.

This process will retain your media files, metadata (genre, artist, etc.), and playlists, but it will erase any sync partnerships you have set up. So, if you sync your MP3 player or other device to Media Player, you'll have to set that sync partnership back up. If you set it up the same way as it was before you reset the library, Media Player will detect that the files already exist on your device, and won't copy duplicates to it.
  1. Close Windows Media Player.
  2. Open Windows Explorer and go the following address: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Media Player\.
  3. Delete CurrentDatabase_*.wmdb and any LocalMLS_*.wmdb files. If Windows won't let you delete them, use Task Manager to stop the wmpnetwk.exe process.
  4. Open Windows Media Player and give it some time to repopulate the library with your media.
  5. Recreate any sync partnerships you need.
  6. Sync your MP3 player or other device. Media Player should show a status of Already on device as it detects the files already exist on your device.


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