Windows media player problem

Discussion in 'PCs & Music Servers' started by brian222, Jan 18, 2018.

  1. brian222

    brian222 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Hope this is ok here. I have many tunes on my old Dell Dimension 4100..WinXP...which all played fine until a recent XP update did something. All are WMA but now the only ones that will play are those with the album art filled in. The rest...which say Paste Art Here...it's a toss up. Some do some don't. What is the solution?
     

     

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  2. Yamaki

    Yamaki Not For Hire Subscriber

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    I had to retag a bunch of files and found a way through Windows to do this. It's a bit tedious but it works.

    Go to Windows Explorer, right click on a WMA file and click on "Properties".

    Then click on the "ID-Tag" tab.

    Near the bottom you'll see an area for the album art or "tag".

    Click on "Add Album Art", then click on "Choose From Internet" and it will take you on a web search. You may get more than one picture option to choose such as front covers, back covers, different size pictures, etc.... 500 x 500 pixels is the max size you want to select.
     
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  3. drew_t

    drew_t Well-Known Member

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    There are no recent XP updates. Microsoft ended support for it in 2014.
     
  4. brian222

    brian222 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Sorry..recent to me...sort of hung onto them for a while.
     
  5. rwartner

    rwartner Super Member

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    What are your options? This is newer version, but should be similar.
    Would click the options to retrieve etc.
     
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  6. rwartner

    rwartner Super Member

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    Thought about this. It is possible that your WMP database is corrupted. The database can be deleted and WMP will automatically rebuild it.

    Close WMP
    Organize file structure
    Delete/rename/move WMP database
    Nominate top folder



    I recommend having a top level folder and all music files in subfolders below it. That way you can nominate the top folder and all subfolders will be included automatically.

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    Find WMP database and delete or rename
    The files with WMDB extension are the ones you are looking for. Your folder names will be different using your computer names.

    You can change the extension name ("old") delete them or move them to new folder.

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    Nominate top level folder

    In WMP
    Menu - File/Manage Libraries/Music
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    And / Or here

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    WMP will automatically rebuild the library.
     

     

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  7. brian222

    brian222 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    thanks for this. My Media Player is number 11.
     
  8. Flippo63

    Flippo63 Active Member

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    `File permissions might have gotten messed up. Might want to check that
     
  9. KingBubba

    KingBubba "Too Much Stuff"

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    Get BSPlayer and save yourself all this Bologna.
     

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