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[Winamp] Will not save current playlist on W8/W8.1

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    [Winamp] Will not save current playlist on W8/W8.1


    Ever since my migration to Windows 8.1 I have a problem that got me mind boggling and i just can not seem to solve.
    I have already asked this question on the Winamp forums but before we could analyze better there, the forums went down (due to their company merger) .


    I did a clean installation of Windows 8.1 a few months ago.
    Then I installed all my apps and manually migrated settings of all the software i use ( from a Windows 7 image ) . I also did this for Winamp .
    Everything works 100% since the installation, but when using Winamp the ' current' playlist which the program automatically creates sporadically will not save!
    After opening a random number of times, the playlist disappeared spontaneously thus winamp was started with an empty playlist.
    This means i can load my recursive playlist each time i start Winamp ( very frustrating with 50K + mp3's ).
    I can not think of any software that is installed on my PC which could affect this situation (I don't use a separate antivir. Just Windows Defender).


    What I've done so far:
    - Uninstalled Winamp. Removed the settings folder. Reinstalled Winamp.
    - No additional plugins / addons or whatever installed for winamp .
    - Double checked and forced the read-only flag on the winamp user data folder (to make sure the playlist can be saved/written).


    The settings folder is in the following location : C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Winamp\
    The current playlist is saved as : Winamp.m3u and Winamp.m3u8


    Does anyone here have any idea how I can fix this problem?

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  2. #2


    Just a thought.... try taking ownership of Winamp.

    Take Ownership - Add to Context Menu in Windows 8
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    Windows 10 Pro


    Hmm, thanks for the tip.
    I will have to test this for about a week, before i will be able to tell if it might have done the trick.
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    Well, sadly this trick does not seem to have helped.
    Just fired up winamp again, and boom... playlist is simply gone.

    Any other suggestions?
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    Anyone? Please?
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  6. #6


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    Posts : 47
    Windows 10 Pro


    Hello there,

    Is there anyone who could help me solve this issue? I swear this is driving me insane, because i am used to using Winamp a lot. I still can't believe i am the only Windows 8.1 user who seems to have a problem with this...
    Is there anyone else who could point me into another direction for more information perhaps? (seeing as the winamp forums have been shutdown).
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  7. #7


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    Posts : 47
    Windows 10 Pro


    I got in touch with Winamp support again.
    Turns out i had a scheduled task setup with Ccleaner every other day.
    This was actually cleaning up the regular winamp playlist. :S
    Anyway, problem solved.
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