Keeping Media Player Data after Reinstalling

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by Laurence, May 4, 2006.

  1. Laurence

    Laurence Guest

    Hi, thanks for taking the time to read this and i appreciate ANY input.

    I am currently using Windows Meida Player 10 with XP SP2 on an AMD 64bit
    with the rest of it.

    As many of you are all aware when you search for new media on you computer
    it adds it with no problem but if the Id tag isnt correctly organized the
    data in windows media player is either in the wrong place or missing i.e both
    the title and artist of an audio track are in the title column etc.

    After organising the library the correct way; which is very frustrating and
    timely i might add. i was wondering if there was a way of saving this format
    incase i have to reinstall media player or xp (after backing up my music) and
    totally formating the hard drive.

    Basically is there a way of getting around entering the data again in the
    event where you have to add the media to the library again?

    I have done this many times over the years and everytime with my music
    collection gaining size it becomes increasingly annoying.

    If anybody knows any shortcuts or ways around this however loosely connected
    i would be greatly appreciative with any response.

    Thanks again.

    Laurence, May 4, 2006
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  2. I'm not sure what you mean by "format" here. The ID tag data is inside
    your MP3 and WMA files (YMMV with other file-types), so if you backed
    them up, then you should be able to get that data back.

    That's the way it is *supposed* to work. If your files were read-only or
    the tag-update failed for another reason (which WMP won't inform you of)
    then you effectively lose the data.

    In theory, you could back up the WMDB file where WMP keeps this data,
    and if you restored your data in the exact same locations as specified
    in that database, then everything will still match up. That is not
    likely to be a reliable solution.
    With a library of 30000+ tracks I've actually given up on relying on WMP
    to maintain the track data properly, especially across version upgrades.
    I make sure that I have the tags updated in the files, and keep a backup
    of all the music away from the reach of ANY media management software
    that might alter it (WMP, iTunes etc).
    Mike Williams, May 4, 2006
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  3. Laurence

    Laurence Guest

    yes i agree with you the only way to ensure the data stays corrected it to
    use a tag editior of some sort. what do you use?
    Laurence, May 5, 2006
  4. You can use the WMP tag editor. The point is to never allow a program
    that can touch tags as a background process to gain access again.
    Whenever you upgrade WMP it gets a chance to retouch all our files
    because it relooks up all the albums in its online database instead of
    using the previous local database.
    Mike Williams, May 5, 2006
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