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WMP shows file size as 0 bytes

  1. #1


    UK
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1

    WMP shows file size as 0 bytes


    Hi All,
    Been doing a lot of searches for this issue over the last few days and can find a solution to fix it(re create wmp database) but no mention of why this occurs

    The main reason I want to use WMP is because it has playcounts, so after I have copied some media files I can see what hasn't been watched/listened too (going through my dvd collection and converting to digital)

    a lot of files are on my old machine (Mac) so I copy them over and correct the metadata to make sure it's correct, few hours later I look at wmp shows the file size as 0 bytes (actual file is correct in explorer)

    Is there anything I can do to avoid this (rebuilding library loses playcounts so don't want to keep doing this)?
    or should I totally ignore playcounts and use the new metro style video app?

    This seem like an issue that has been going on for years, but cannot find anything about a way to avoid it happening

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,093
    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    Hello paulsalter,

    As you are aware, this does happen often; especially if you have a large number of files to be indexed. Why? Who knows? But I have a rep waiting for anyone that can provide a definite fix. You are not alone on this one.
    Good luck with whatever decision you may make.
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  3. #3


    UK
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks for the reply

    I think I will stick with the metro style music/movies apps, I like the look of them but the missing features put me off (play counts, ratings etc), as wmp seems to be quite flaky I will just ignore it for now

    Do you know if wmp is actively being improved my MS, or is it just the win 7 version that's in win 8 with no more improvements to it
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,093
    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    Quote Originally Posted by paulsalter View Post
    Thanks for the reply

    I think I will stick with the metro style music/movies apps, I like the look of them but the missing features put me off (play counts, ratings etc), as wmp seems to be quite flaky I will just ignore it for now

    Do you know if wmp is actively being improved my MS, or is it just the win 7 version that's in win 8 with no more improvements to it
    Unfortunately, I cannot answer your questions because I really have no idea whether or not MS is actively pursuing a fix for this ongoing issue.
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  5. #5


    UK
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by JustATest View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by paulsalter View Post
    Thanks for the reply

    I think I will stick with the metro style music/movies apps, I like the look of them but the missing features put me off (play counts, ratings etc), as wmp seems to be quite flaky I will just ignore it for now

    Do you know if wmp is actively being improved my MS, or is it just the win 7 version that's in win 8 with no more improvements to it
    Unfortunately, I cannot answer your questions because I really have no idea whether or not MS is actively pursuing a fix for this ongoing issue.
    No problem, cheers for info you have given

    Only been using Win 8 for about a month so still looking into the options for various things
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WMP shows file size as 0 bytes
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