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Windows Media Player causing problems!

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#1 Slime58


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Posted 01 January 2016 - 02:14 PM


A few days ago, whilst sorting out other PC issues, I opened up WMP only to be struck with horror as, before my very eyes, music files were being deleted!

I've lost a couple of hundred and seem unable to find them anywhere on my computer.

Since then I have been unable to burn music onto CD's ................................ and I'm using brand new ones of the same type that I've successfully used before.

I can, however, play music CDs without issues.

I therefore have three questions;

1. If I delete WMP and then re-install it, what would happen to my remaining music files?

2. Is there a better option than WMP that is equally simple to navigate and use?

3. Can anyone help me with my issues regards burning CDs, or will 1. or 2. solve that issue?


Many thanks in advance and season's greetings too,



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#2 britechguy


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Posted 02 January 2016 - 01:12 PM



          That problem (the mysterious auto-deleting of existing audio files by WMP) is a completely new one to me.  Were I you, I would definitely try uninstalling/reinstalling Windows Media Player.  You also don't mention which version of Windows you're on, which may make no difference at all, but this is something helpful to know.


           Uninstalling/Reinstalling WMP should have zero effect on your music files.  I am presuming you ripped MP3s or similar from CDs over time.


           Many others love VLC Media Player, and I have used it and have it on my machine, but I still use WMP as my primary way of creating digitized music files in MP3 format from CD.


           I really can't address anything about your burning issues without more detail, and others probably won't be able to, either.  I recently posted on this very forum about the fact that I don't like Windows built-ins for doing this and use several other third-party utilities instead, depending on my mood:  CDBurnerXP, ImgBurn, or InfraRecorder.

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#3 Slime58

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Posted 03 January 2016 - 07:41 AM

Hi mate, thanks for getting back to me.

Sorry, I should have mentioned that I'm a dinosaur and still use XP!

I'm away for a few days but I'll delete & reinstall and let you know what happened.

I'll also play around with a different burning programme.

Many thanks,



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