Posted 14 January 2009 - 19:07
When I first install Win 7 I did it in a different hard drive separated from my Vista installation. At first, when I setup the WMP 12 library, I added the folder under which my music was in the Vista installation. Since 7 seems stable enough to use every day (although I will leave my Vista installation untouched), and even though the GUI in Windows Media Player 12 is disgustingly ugly, I thought I'd copy all the music from the Vista drive to the 7 drive. After doing that there were some songs in the library that couldn't be found, so I went to Organize, Manage Libraries, Music and deleted the location in the Vista drive, leaving only the "My Music" from my user's main folder, and the "Public music". After that, I found under Tools, Advanced, the item "Restore Media Library". That prompted me with a dialog saying "Continuing will empty your media library and close the Windows Media Player. Do you wish to continue?".
Since I'm a daredevil, I clicked yes. When I opened the Media Player again, the library was empty. My files are physically still there, and they show in Windows Explorer both under the "My Music" folder and under the music library. But in WMP 12, even though it's been open for quite several minutes, it only shows "There are no items in this library yet - the Player is searching for digital media files in the background."
Any ideas and solutions?