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Album art is not showing up in Windows Explorer Help! plz

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    Album art is not showing up in Windows Explorer Help! plz


    it is my hope that someone with experience editing the registry will read this thread and offer some feedback.

    I am trying to get embedded album art to show in W.Explorer for m4a Mpeg4 files. I am not talking about the art on the folder but the art in the files itself. Mp3 shows up no problem but m4a is being difficult.

    I have browsed many threads on this issue and have not found an easy solution aside from using a shell extension.

    The only possible solution I found in another thread and will post it here:

    "I fixed the problem as it was mainly due to corrupted registry for some strange reason.i imported the .mp3 dile extension key from registry and opened it using notepad and replaced all .mp3 extension with .m4a and saved it as .m4a.reg and run it and had to do a system restart after that thumbnails again started showing up in windows explorer as normal.such as in the below screenshot"

    My questions

    I don't have a corrupted registry as I just did a fresh install only a week ago. so.
    is it possible for me to edit the registery as this person suggests? how would I go about doing so exactly? I have no experience messing with registry files so if someone could offer some guidance it would be a real help.

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    Arnhem, The Netherlands
    Posts : 1,412
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    Hi icehammer, welcome to Eightforums!

    As far as I understand your question, you want to be able to see the artwork of your m4a music files when browsing with Windows Explorer.

    I myself have most of my music in m4a format and I can see all the albumart in Windows Explorer.

    The ONLY thing I did was installing K-Lite Codec Pack. I don't use other codec packs, K-Lite worked for me.

    Here is the downloadlink ==> Download K-Lite Codec Pack

    Just remember, if you run a x64 Windows you MUST install the x64 codecpack AFTER you install the NORMAL codecpack. If you have other codec packs installed please uninstall them first!

    Goodluck trying and hopefully enjoying the albumart in Windows Explorer
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    Posts : 52
    Windows 8.1 Pro Pack x64


    Hi Der Snoober,

    I followed your advice. While this was what I was getting before:

    Click image for larger version Click image for larger version Click image for larger version
    Art appears in folder view but not artist or album view.

    After installing K-Lite Codec Pack Basic and x64, it seems that Windows is refreshing my library, one album at a time, but there is still no album art attached to what is coming up and it looks just like before.
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  4. #4


    Kolkata, India
    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 Pro 32bit PC & 64bit Convertible


    Hello there,

    I faced the problem myself and figured out the solution myself. I think the problem your is solved by now. If it's not then I'll post with with pictures..
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    Posts : 52
    Windows 8.1 Pro Pack x64


    Hi Soham,

    No, the problem has not been solved yet. Since no one had a solution I assumed it was an overlooked bug in Windows 8 so I have resorted to using folder view.

    If you have a solution that I have not tried, I would appreciate it if you were able to post it here.
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    Kolkata, India
    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 Pro 32bit PC & 64bit Convertible


    Hello there my friend,

    You have set my eyes ablaze, I think I do have the solution.

    First a few questions -

    1. Do you use Mp3Tag to set album arts?
    Answer - If Yes the try other programs, just google mp3 (in your case m4a) tag editor.

    2. If the problem still persist open the folder where you keep your files

    a. Press Alt+Enter after selecting the file, properties tab should open up.
    b. Go to details blank out the year section and Refill it.
    c. Click OK and Apply.



    That ought to do it.

    If the problem still persists I have a more complex solution to it which you may want to avoid.

    Regards
    SBJ
    Last edited by Soham; 04 Aug 2013 at 07:26. Reason: Added image for help
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    Kolkata, India
    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 Pro 32bit PC & 64bit Convertible

    Background Story


    I faced the same problem 7 months ago in Windows 7 but couldn't figure it out back then and forgot about it after installing Windows 8.

    Cut to 3 weeks ago,

    My Music collection is Divided into two parts in 2 respective folders-

    1. English Songs
    2. Hindi Songs (Our country's film industry called Bollywood's OST, soundtracks, search Wikipedia for filmi.


    One day after returning home from school found that these two folders were deleted. Got Hindi Songs from Recycle bin and used Recuva (brilliant software) to recover the rest.

    Cut to 2 weeks ago,
    While searching for a song found that its artists name was changed to Dilip Kumar Roy Thats when I realised someone hacked into my system using some rootkit. Scanned for viruses with MBAM, Kaspersky TDSKiller found none. Thought that I was away from harms way.

    Cut to Today,
    While I was surfing the net in the morning, my mouse became erratic, screen blanked. I Immediately understood the cause and pulled the network plug out. As I knew hacker was jealous of my music collection so I checked it and found that all the album arts were going out, one by one and I watched it helplessly. I slogged for four hours without blinking my eyes and came up with the complex method that I talked about earlier.

    As everyone knows rootkits get entangled with the kernel itself thereby Hackers can corrupt the system, registry etc. In one-word wreak-havoc. So I am formatting my 3 HDD's right now as I'm writing this post. Afterwards do a clean install of the OS.

    Regards
    SBJ
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    Posts : 52
    Windows 8.1 Pro Pack x64


    Thanks for trying to help. I tried MP3 Tag and found that some of my collection has assigned album art and some does not. However none of it appears when I arrange my music library by album. It seems our issues are unrelated.
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    Posts : 467
    Windows 8 Pro


    it may be a corrupted registry entry under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT for m4a.


    you could try exporting your M4A registry key from there as a backup , removing it from the registry then letting windows re-create it by clicking on any of your M4A files to see if that works , at the very least you will have the old values in the .reg file incase it doesn't help.

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    Kolkata, India
    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 Pro 32bit PC & 64bit Convertible


    I agree with Wullail, it may be a case of corrupted registry.

    Now coming back, first of all our cases are similar. One question - Do you use a pirated copy of Windows and use KMS server or something like that since these remove WAT and in course corrupt registries.
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