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Removing duplicate entries from Windows Media Player without deleting

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by Mr Davo, Jun 28, 2012.

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  1. Mr Davo

    Mr Davo Thread Starter

    Mar 15, 2009
    Hi Everyone,

    I am using Windows Media Player 12 and I would like to remove duplicate song entries from my Music Library without deleting files from a networked computer.

    My challenge is that I have added multiple networked folder locations to my Media Library, and on some of those network drives the same Albums exists.

    For example

    \\Computer1\My Music
    + Album ABC
    + Album DEF
    + Album XYZ

    \\Computer2\My Music
    + Album GHI
    + Album STU
    + Album XYZ

    In the above example both Computers 1 & 2 have a local copy of Album XYZ. Because of this every song appears twice in the Media Player Library (and by inference Playlist).

    Further to the above example if I open Media Player and perform a search for Album XYZ I then see the following -


    I can right click on individual songs and select "Remove from this list" - however this is very tedious.

    Is there a way of telling Media Player to only put one copy of each individual song into the Media Library regardless of how many copies of the song actually exist in the Libraries folder locations?

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    Kind Regards,

  2. pip22


    Nov 21, 2004
    Open WMP 12
    Click File >> Manage Libraries
    Choose media type.
    Remove all locations except the one you want WMP to use for adding to it's library.

    I suggest you delete all existing libraries first, then start afresh by setting up the required media locations as above.
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