Windows Media Player will not let you add folders / files

Well had a repeat problem from Windows Media Player 11 today so I thought you may as well learn from my mistake!

If you delete a WMP monitored folder using Windows Explorer whilst WMP is running you are more then likely going to corrupt the WMP database.

To recover from a corrupt Windows Media Player Database

  1. Stop the Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service –

    Start, Run net stop wmpnetworksvc

  2. Rename the folder named Media Player (change the username for your login profile) found in:-

    C:Documents and SettingsAdministratorLocal SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftMedia Player

  3. Start Windows Media Player and:-Start, Run net start wmpnetworksvc

This should now allow you to add WMP monitor folders and rebuild your database.

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