Library has disappeared!!

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by DanT, Jul 24, 2007.

  1. DanT

    DanT Guest


    My WM11 library in vista has disappeared for some reason. I noticed that
    the monitored folders list is empty, but when I attwmpt to add my music
    folder again, it adds it to the list and nothing happens. Then when I go
    back in to the monitored folders list there is nothing there again.

    Also, in Media Center, my music is no longer accessible, and I get a message
    saying a required compoent is missing or unavailable! Guessing the two
    problems are linked?!

    Any help would be very much appreciated.

    DanT, Jul 24, 2007
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  2. DanT

    DaveUk83 Guest

    Not sure if this will work for WMP11 in VISTA but it happend to me and I
    coudln't add any files to the library as I deleted them due to putting some
    album art in the wrong places. Anyways I went back to WMP10 as I am using XP
    Pro SP2 and it still would not add my MP3's so I found this little command
    line at this site you could try
    to see if will work in VISTA for WMP11 and if it does please let me know.
    DaveUk83, Jul 24, 2007
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  3. DanT

    DaveUk83 Guest

    I forgot to mention that from reading what the user put it seems that WMP
    adds the system attribute to each MP3 file and hides them from it self so it
    won't add them. I did the command line what he put and it worked for WMP10 in
    XP SP2 so like I said give it a try see if will work for VISTA and WMP11.
    DaveUk83, Jul 24, 2007
  4. DanT

    DaveUk83 Guest

    I re-read the link and it's this section you need to type in the comman line

    To find out if a directory entry has the System attribute set, you have to
    open the Command Prompt. Then navigate to Music folder, which is usually
    under your profile as "My Music"

    cd /d "%USERPROFILE%\My Documents\My Music\"

    Then get a listing of the directories that have the System attribute set:

    dir /ads /s

    This lists directories only that have the System attribute set. Then use the
    ATTRIB command to reset the System attribute:

    attrib -s *.* /d /s

    This will turn off the System attribute on all files and directories. A
    number of files that are hidden will generate errors, but that can be ignored
    DaveUk83, Jul 24, 2007
  5. DanT

    DanT Guest

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for your help. I have tried the method you detailed, but sadly it
    didn't work. The folder structure is slightly different is Vista, so I
    adjusted the line accordingly. It went through the motions of changing each
    of the files atrributes as described, but still the problem persists!

    DanT, Jul 24, 2007
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    DanT, Jul 24, 2007
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