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It seems there is a known bug in certain versions of Windows Media Center (ie, Vista Home Premium, Windows 7 Beta) in which even when you remove a folder from a music/picture library in Media Center, items from those folders are not actually removed.  I searched around and didn't see much help, until finally I found this solution from a guy who works at Microsoft:

I had no problem with doing that as I just wanted to reset the library completely and do a re-index.

The instructions are:

Exit Windows Media Player.

For Windows XP:
Click Start, click Run, type %userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Media Player, and then click OK.
For Windows Vista:
Click Start, click Run, type %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Media Player, and then click OK.

Select all the files in the folder, and then click Delete on the File menu.
Note You do not have to delete the folders that are in this folder.

Restart Windows Media Player.
Note Windows Media Player automatically rebuilds the database.

After deleting all the files, Media Center’s library was completely reset. I readded the folders I wanted and everything has worked fine since.

Hopefully this post will make this solution more visible to other people who might run into the same problem.

 

Posted on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 1:31 PM | Back to top


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May the lord bless you.
You just solved a 45 min struggle in Windows 7.
Cheers
Left by Andres on Jan 13, 2009 11:20 PM

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it works. i have reiindexed the WMC library. Thanks a lot. Before this, it was soooooo annoying.
Left by cyqaey on Jan 29, 2009 10:45 PM

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Oh yes.... it works ok, so easy when you know how. Thank you.
Why have Microsoft not done an upgrade.
Left by Tom of Sussex on Feb 12, 2009 1:26 PM

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THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!
Left by zaViRus on Feb 27, 2009 3:55 PM

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Very helpful - thanks a lot!
Left by OSA on Mar 02, 2009 4:54 PM

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It works only partially on my laptop. it causes a rebuild for media player libs, but libs in media center a still the old mess....
Left by Wolfgang on Apr 15, 2009 3:49 AM

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AMEN! Thanks!
Left by Jim on May 24, 2009 6:45 PM

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Thanks! Worked great for me
Left by Geoff on Sep 21, 2009 5:49 AM

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microsoft wants us to figure out all the bug fixes cos they're a bunch of cocks
Left by fuck micorosoft on Sep 22, 2009 3:53 AM

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I inadvertently have added a whole external hard drive to the media center library. How can I remove this from the Library without deleting it from the computer? Any and all help would be appreciated.
Francis Ciurczak
FCiurczak @ Aol.Com
Left by Francis Ciurczak on Sep 23, 2009 9:38 AM

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I have been trying to update WMC library for an hour. This seems to be what I need to do. How do you do this with Windows 7?
Left by Glenn on Dec 24, 2009 10:02 AM

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I deleted the files as directed. WMP recreated its database, but WMC did not. WMC must have a different database that I have to delete.
Left by Glenn on Dec 24, 2009 10:43 AM

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I have tried the same thing. I delete all the files in ...\Media Player and when I open Media Center all the Folders are still there. I uncheck all the folders to unwatch, go back in and they are all checked again. This info must be stored somewhere else. Any help?
Left by Mark on Dec 31, 2009 12:55 PM

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It cleared the files but (my) Media Center will not rebuild them. If I go to WMC to rebuilt it myself it tell me something is missing and to "restart" WMC .... which doesn't solve anything. To at least keep what I had I went to recycle Bin and restored the deleted stuff back to WMC
Left by Eric on Jan 21, 2011 3:08 PM

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THANK YOU!!!!
Left by BubbaD on Jun 09, 2011 6:18 PM

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Just asking, where in the world is "Run" in the START menu?! Please help me!
Left by gg13 on Jun 26, 2011 1:58 PM

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You are doing the Lord's work. Bless you.

-KMQ7

"Jesus is coming, look busy!"
Left by KMQ7 on Aug 12, 2011 4:02 PM

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fantastic fixit - thanks!
Left by Basil on Apr 10, 2013 4:13 AM

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THANKS SO MUCH THIS WAS A HEADACHE... works also in Wind 7 perfectly
Left by kEAZHAR on Jul 04, 2013 7:40 PM

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