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Windows Media Player not working after 8.1 upgrade

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1

    Windows Media Player not working after 8.1 upgrade


    Hi guys,

    I recently upgraded from Windows 8 to 8.1. After the update Windows Media Player doesn't recognize any of my libraries even though the correct folders are selected to be included.

    I already tried to disable the windows media features in the control panel, reboot and then re-enable but that had no effect.

    Incidentally, if I manually start playback of a song from a folder windows media player does work so the issue is just that it won't recognize my libraries.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Hey guys,

    Is anyone else even having this problem or am I alone on this one? I don't see this issue listed by anyone else.
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  3. #3


    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    I see this, too.

    I don't usually use Media Player, but when I looked at it today, it seemed to lose the library location.

    Going to 'Tools->Options->Rip Music->Change' -- I can't get it to accept the library location.

    I think Microsoft is not too concerned with Music Media in Windows 8+.

    I use other 3rd party media tools.
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  4. #4


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Use Foobar 2000 and VLC Media Player, WMP in Windows 8.1 is raw sewage.
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  5. #5


    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    I found the problem.
    Windows 8.1 seems to deprecate Libraries.
    Go to the Libraries folder and reset the Music Library location.
    Then the Media Player will rebuild it's library.

    But I agree with XweAponX - use a third-party media player.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by arachnaut View Post
    I found the problem.
    Windows 8.1 seems to deprecate Libraries.
    Go to the Libraries folder and reset the Music Library location.
    Then the Media Player will rebuild it's library.

    But I agree with XweAponX - use a third-party media player.
    Thanks for the tip. This seemed to do the trick, my media library is rebuilding as I type this.
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  7. #7


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Ok good, thanks for that tip
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  8. #8


    Posts : 2
    8.1

    rebuilding libraries


    Quote Originally Posted by evt View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by arachnaut View Post
    I found the problem.
    Windows 8.1 seems to deprecate Libraries.
    Go to the Libraries folder and reset the Music Library location.
    Then the Media Player will rebuild it's library.

    But I agree with XweAponX - use a third-party media player.
    >>>Thanks for the tip. This seemed to do the trick, my media library is rebuilding as I type this.
    >>>Thanx but how does one "rebuild /reset the libraries" ? i get error messages sinc the upgrade to win 8. whenever i try to >>>even open a library.
    >>>i get codec errors when trying to rep cd's in win 8.1 . what's the best strategy to voercome this please ? thanx !
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  9. #9


    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    BY reset libraries, I meant open the Libraries 'folder' select the library with a right-click and in the properties remove and add the library folder.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 2
    8.1


    even after doing this i still get WMP errors saying that i cant rip cd's due to not having the proper codecs ? don't these COME with the WMP ? how do i get "the proper codecs" ? alternative (preferably free ) programs to rip cd's ? this is getting ridiculous.
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