How to Repair a Corrupt WMP Database: Recovering Music

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If your Windows Media Player no longer allows you to view, add or delete items in WMP's library, then there’s a good chance that its database has been corrupted. To fix this problem, rebuild the WMP database.

  1. Press Win + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type or copy/paste this path into the text box: ​
    %userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Media Player
    and press ​Enter.
  3. Delete all the files in this folder—excluding folders.
  1. To rebuild the database, simply restart Windows Media Player. All the relevant database files will now be created again.