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Old March 11th 07, 08:40 PM posted to microsoft.public.windows.vista.music_pictures_video
Dale
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Default Vista Media Player 11 Duplicate files

That's true, it will work, but it is a destructive method to accomplish the
task. Any customizations in the database and any historical information
about when played, number of times played, when added to the library, etc.
will be thrown out. Sort of throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

Dale

"JoelRub" wrote in message
...
Dale,

I just wanted to let you know there is another way. First you must find
the
database file of the Media Library and delete it. This is located under
User/xxx(the user name)/local/Microsoft/Media Player. Then open media
player
and go to File/Tools/Options and select the library tab. Click on advance
and
set the folder it monitors for music files. I did this and now have no
more
duplicates. You can add or remove folders in this area that you want to
monitor.

Joel

"Dale" wrote:

It can be fixed. Just follow the directions I gave. If you only delete
the
tracks from the library but not from your disk, then you will only have
one
copy in the library. If you add the File Path column and sort by it, you
will see what I mean, I think.

Dale

"JoelRub" wrote in message
...
Dale,

You were right on the money. I had a back up on two other drives and it
pulled the songs from all the drives. That's why I had the duplicates.
I
will
not be able to fix it.

Thanks,

Joel

"Dale" wrote:

It is likely that you have multiple copies of your files on your hard
drive
or that those files are accessible through multiple reparse points in
your
file system.

The best solution is to open WMP in the Songs view. Right-click on
any
column header and select Choose Columns. Add the File Path column to
the
view. Click on the File Path column header to sort by file path. Now
you
can see which entries are the desired set and which are duplicates.

Select all of the duplicates by using your favorite multi-select
method
and
right-click and delete them. Do NOT tell WMP to delete them from your
computer as well. If the files are duplicated by a reparse point, you
could
end up deleting both the duplicate library pointer to the file and the
original file as well!

If you think their are undesired duplicates on your computer, use
Windows
Explorer to delete them but if you're unsure, test by making a copy of
a
couple files to a safe location first and delete those couple of files
and
test in WMP.

Dale

"JoelRub" wrote in message
...
I am running Vista Home Premium. When I set up my Media Player
Library
it
created duplicate and a few triplicates of each song. When playing
an
album
it plays all the sounds including the duplicates. Has anyone seen
this
and
have any ideas on a solution. I know I could delete them but that
would
take
a very long with so many songs.


Thank,

Joel