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duplicate songs in Windows 7 Media Player

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  • Well folks, not sure what I did, but I managed to duplicate all the songs in my Windows 7 Media Player. I have a three week old laptop with Windows 7; really struggling with file management and layout in "libraries", that is, easily accessing my music, some guitar software files, etc.; somehow I installed my music folder onto the WMP again . Anyone know how I can reverse this situation, so I don't have to go through every album and delete?
    Also, I have "test deleted" a couple of songs from the WMP library, and they are also deleted from the original file. I have selected "delete from library only" from the manage menu, but they appear to have disappeared completely.
    Baby steps please, as Windows 7 has me really spooked... I miss XP!
    Thanks to all in advance.
    Monday, January 18, 2010 6:17 AM

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  • Thanks for your suggestion!
    I did find the problem, I had a duplicate music folder (all my songs) within the original music folder containing all my songs. Once I deleted the original file, the duplicate songs in the library disappeared. I suspect I may have inadvertently dragged it in there, as I have a very sensitive touch pad, and I am still getting used to it (always been a mouse guy).
    Have been using the tutorials on the Microsoft site, and that has also been helpful.
    Thanks again for trying to help!
    • Marked as answer by Vivian Xing Wednesday, January 20, 2010 6:25 AM
    Tuesday, January 19, 2010 4:46 PM

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  • How about restoring media library as below:

     

    Load WMP, press Alt to display menu bar.

    Click Tools -> Advanced -> Restore Media Library.

    You can also try restoring Windows Media components as below:

     

    1. Open Control Panel/Programs and Features.

    2. Click "Turn Windows features on or off" in the left pane.

    3. Expand "Media Features", uncheck "Windows Media Player". Click "Yes" to continue, and click OK to quit. Then Restart.

     

    Note: If you turn off WMP, Windows Media Center will be turned off either. You may need to re-configure settings for Windows Media Center after re-enabling it.

     

    4. Open "Turn Windows features on or off" again. Turn on the features "Windows Media Player" and "Windows Media Center". Restart.

    5. Launch Windows Media Player, initialize the program.

     


    Vivian Xing - MSFT
    Tuesday, January 19, 2010 7:19 AM
  • Thanks for your suggestion!
    I did find the problem, I had a duplicate music folder (all my songs) within the original music folder containing all my songs. Once I deleted the original file, the duplicate songs in the library disappeared. I suspect I may have inadvertently dragged it in there, as I have a very sensitive touch pad, and I am still getting used to it (always been a mouse guy).
    Have been using the tutorials on the Microsoft site, and that has also been helpful.
    Thanks again for trying to help!
    • Marked as answer by Vivian Xing Wednesday, January 20, 2010 6:25 AM
    Tuesday, January 19, 2010 4:46 PM
  • it's itunes.  itunes and wmp don't like eachother, and use the same resources.  you need to keep them separated. your itunes data folder might be in the same folder that your wmp songs are in, and therefore when wmp scans that folder for songs, it sees itunes.  just move it to a different un-scannable location and reset your itunes default folder, and you're good.
    • Proposed as answer by GruberHof Thursday, March 08, 2012 9:58 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by GruberHof Thursday, March 08, 2012 9:59 PM
    Saturday, October 23, 2010 5:11 AM
  • Hi,

    I am having the same problem but i am not sure how to separte my itunes music from wmp can you help?

    Thursday, February 09, 2012 1:10 PM
  • Mike: in WMP's library, you can click Organize - Manage libraries - Music to view/edit the list of library locations. Just make sure that none of those locations contains your iTunes music files.

    Tim De Baets
    http://www.bm-productions.tk


    • Edited by Tim De Baets Friday, February 10, 2012 7:56 PM
    • Proposed as answer by GruberHof Thursday, March 08, 2012 9:59 PM
    Friday, February 10, 2012 7:55 PM
  • Thank you, thank you, thank you.  Vivian Xing has it right and such an easy answer.  It's right there under manage libraries. I had the same folder and I have Windows 10. I've always considered myself a techie, having worked on GSU's first computer I even made it through my mom's gift of a Vista computer from the defunct Circuit City, yes the first Vista, so Vista 1, 2 and 3, or whatever. When they wouldn't allow you to go back to XP in other words. I am extremely leery of going to a new Windows but having just purchased a new PC with W7, you are not really given a choice if you want to use any of the programs, you are going to Windows 10. I haven't noticed any differences because as stated above, I have no clue what they are doing with the libraries and Windows 10 is no different. 

    They have just added another, it's my name.  I still just go to c:\users\name\ and go from there.  It always comes out in the wash the same place.  Thank you so much Vivian.  You are a life safer.  Apple showed you duplicates but I'm over apple.  I love it when people have simple answers. When I have time I'm also going to do the tutorials, good suggestion.

    For those interested the Samsung S7 is all it's hyped up to be for someone too busy to be able to read instructions.  No problem since their tech service goes into your phone just as many do on your pc and fix everything for you ON YOUR PHONE.  Who could ask for more.

    Grace Truman



    • Edited by Grace844 Friday, May 27, 2016 3:06 PM Grateful for solution
    Friday, May 27, 2016 3:00 PM