How to Repair a Corrupt WMP Database: Recovering Music

How to rebuild a corrupt WMP database that prevents you using your music library

If you have suddenly found when running Windows Media Player (WMP) that you can’t view, add, or delete items in WMP's library, then there’s a good chance that its database has been corrupted. To quickly fix this problem, follow this short tutorial to re-build your WMP database in a flash.

  1. Hold down the [Windows key] and press [R].
  2. Type or copy/paste this path into the text box: %userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Media Player and hit the [Enter key].
  1. Delete all the files in this folder -- excluding folders.
  2. To rebuild the database, simply restart Windows Media Player. All the relevant database files will now be created again.