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Deleting orphaned albums / folders in Media Player 8

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by dzonko, Sep 16, 2003.

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  1. dzonko

    dzonko Thread Starter

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    I've managed to get rid of most extra / orphaned music files from media player, thanks to this thread:

    http://forums.techguy.org/showthread.php?s=&threadid=97217

    ... but there are a couple of "artists," several "albums" and one "genre" still listed.

    How do I make these go away?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Mr_Webmaster

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    you can just right-click on them and hit "delete", or you can get rid of everything and re-search for music.
     
  3. dzonko

    dzonko Thread Starter

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    I thought my original post would be clear that I have *already* deleted "everything" and there are *still* a few items -- not musical tracks, but folders that had previously contained music, album names, etc. All music tracks are gone from the library.

    Maybe I should have also specified in my original post that right-clicking doesn't give me the option to delete (screen print attached). That's the reason I went to the trouble to delete "everything."

    Any other ideas?

    Thanks.
     

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  4. dzonko

    dzonko Thread Starter

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    Nobody has any more ideas? Thanks in advance.
     
  5. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Hiya

    Go to Windows Explorer, and navigate to c:\program Files\Windows Media Player

    Are there any of the files/folders that are showing up in the player, listed in there?

    If so, rightclick, and choose Delete. If you're still not sure, can you post a screenshot of that folder (s)?

    Regards

    eddie
     
  6. dzonko

    dzonko Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the reply, but nothing listed there.

    Screen print attached.
     

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    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Okay

    Go to Run and type REGEDIT
    Navigate to this key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Player\RecentFileList

    What's in there, on the right? Can you see your albums?

    Also, here as well:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Player\RecentURLList

    eddie
     
  8. dzonko

    dzonko Thread Starter

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    Thanks, but none of the "suspect" items are listed in either place.

    It *was* interesting to poke around in the registry (something I've only ever done a time or two, and then under expert guidance). There are a dozen or so sub-folders listed under "PlaylistColumnInfo2" (under Player), some of which look like they could hold the key (sorry), e.g.:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Player\PlaylistColumnInfo2\AlbumPlaylist

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Player\PlaylistColumnInfo2\All Audio

    ...but they're listed as binary type, and the data is what looks like long strings of hexadecimal character pairs. Does this mean anything to you?

    John
     
  9. Moby

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    I see in your screen shot you are right clicking in the right window, have you tryed right clicking in that left window, there's a delete option there."
    Also, if you delete this file (this is where it lives in windows ME)
    C:\WINDOWS\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Media Index\wmplibrary_v_0_12.db"
    That is where all your playlist and track lisitngs are stored, the file to back up if you actually wanted to save all the info rather than delete it. Windows will just make another empty one when you reboot.
     
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