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Windows Media Player 9 in XP Home

By AnswerMan ·
I recently moved a customer from a Win98se box to a new WinXP Home box. All his music files are on CD. I copied them in to the default Windows "music" folder.

When you double-click a selection, it opens the Windows Media Player, but it's not that song that waiting to play, nor is the song in the list. Upon searching through the "file tree" provided in the left pane, these songs are not there... ANYWHERE!!

Can anyone give me a clue as to why something this trivial, has to be made SO HARD? It seems to take songs that it recognizes, and puts them in folders within folders, all by itself. However I cannot get them to appear in the window. I also cannot clear the playlists that ARE in the window.

Should I just chuck Windows Media Player 9 and go with some aftermarket player that's a little smarter?

I know this is trivial, but to the customer it's important, and to me it's just a pain.

Thanks in advance for anyone that can help.

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by CG IT In reply to Windows Media Player 9 in ...

well there are a couple of ways to go about this. First is Windows Media Player can "search" the hard drive for music files it can play. In the upper task bar you'll see Tools. click on that and you'll find a heading "search for media".

Second method is file association. If you've copied your music and video files to a folder on your hard drive, you can right click on a music file or video file and choose "Open With" . When you choose "open with" you'll be presented with a window that lists all the programs on your computer that you can use to open the file. Down in the lower left hand side of the window you'll see a box "always use the selected program to open this type of file". When you select Windows Media Player for a a MP3 file and check that box, Windows Media Player will play MP3 files. Same with video files and so on. This is File Association. A third way is "Program Access and Default". You can set default programs for media players {which ever one you want to use}.

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Note: I would recommend you just use the "search for media" option in Windows Media Player to all it to search your entire hdd for media files and set it self up. The "search for media" option is like a wizard and pretty automated. Once you do that your pretty well all set up.

Note: people who make MP3 music files may or may not use a format for labeling the music with name of song and artist that Windows Media Player can read. So if you play a song but no artist name or Song title is displayed, chances are the "tag" isn't in a format Windows Media Player can read. You can get shareware programs for retagging MP3 files in a format that most media players will recognize.

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