Repair corrupt Windows Media Player (WMP) Database error

Vikas Singh
Vikas Singh

Updated On - May 14, 2024

Summary: Windows Media Player (WMP) is a database that contains audio and video files in a system. But sometimes, the users face the “Media library is corrupted” error while using it. In this article, we will go through different manual solutions to fix this corruption. Furthermore, we recommend you try the Recoveryfix Video Repair tool to repair your damaged or corrupted video file.

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Windows Media Player is default application in Windows to stream and play diverse media content. Its database holds all audio and video files on your system. In certain cases, if Windows Media Player (WMP) does not allow you to browse the library and add or delete items within the WMP library, there’s a possibility that the database is damaged. Thus, the “Media library is corrupted” error pops up on the desktop screen.

It occurs when the Windows Media Player Library database or the data stored in it becomes damaged.
However, the troubleshooter software of user’s system may not resolve the this issue for certain users. So, users need to perform manual methods to resolve it.

Before you go for the manual solutions, you should create an initial system restore point to restore your system to the previous state in case anything goes wrong. Follow this free guide to repair corrupt MP4 video files easily.

Windows System Restore point

System Restore is the Microsoft Windows tool designed to safeguard and fix computer software. It utilizes a snapshot of various system files along with the Windows registry and saves these in restore points.

If a failure in installation or data corruption is detected, System Restore can return the system back to its original state without the need to install the operating system again. It can repair the Windows environment by returning to files and settings stored in the restore point.

That’s why, it is crucial to establish a System Restore point before you use the provided manual solutions.

Manual solutions to repair a corrupt WMP database

Experiencing issues with a corrupt WMP database proves to be frustrating for the users. Listed below are few effective methods to help you repair your damaged WMP database.

Solution 1: Rebuild WMP Library database

Windows Media Player (WMP)’s database has been corrupted if you are unable to view, add, or delete items from your WMP library. In this case, you should rebuild the Windows Media Player database by following the given steps.

  1. Open Run wizard by pressing Windows + R keys. Type %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Media Player then hit OK.Launch the given command
  2. Select all files within the folder and use Shift+Delete keys to permanently delete all files within the folder.Permanently delete all files with Shift+Delete
  3. Launch the Windows Media Player, its database is now restored.
Solution 2: Clean the WMP database cache files
  1. Use the Windows + R keys to open the Run window. Type %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft within Run wizard, tap OK.Launch the given command
  2. Right-click on Media Player folder and delete the same folder.Delete Media Player folder
  3. Empty your system’s Recycle bin and then reboot your system.
  4. After rebooting the system, Windows Media Player rebuilds the database.

Note: If you’re unable to remove your WMP Library database and get the following error pop-up “The current database could not be removed since it was opened in the Windows Media Network Sharing Service” then go through the following steps:

  1. Use Windows+R keys to access the Run window. Next, type services.msc, hit OK.
  2. Locate Windows Media Network Sharing Service then right-click on it and choose Stop to end this network sharing service and exit.Locate Windows Media Network Sharing Service then choose stop and exit
  3. Again, access Run wizard and type %LOCALAPPDATA%/Microsoft then click OK. This will open the Microsoft folder.
  4. Locate the Media Player folder, right-click on Media Player folder to permanently delete it.
  5. Lastly, reboot your system.
Solution 3: Disable WMP & enable again

Users can’t remove Windows Media Player because it’s an operating system program that forms one of the core components of Windows. To fix this issue, you need to disable and then re-enable this program from your system. Follow the given steps carefully to perform this task.

    1. Go to the search box and type Control Panel then open it.
    2. Once you access the Control Panel, choose the Program & Features.Click on Programs & Features in Control Panel
    3. In Programs & Features, tap on the option Turn Windows features on or off.Choose Turn Windows features on or off
    4. Select the symbol (+) beside the Media Features tab on the next window to expand it.Expand Media Features tab with + symbol
    5. Unmark Windows Media Player and tap on Yes.
    6. A restart window will pop-up. Restart your system and re-enable the Windows feature by going through the above steps once again.
    Solution 4: Run a clean boot

    Clean booting will ensure that your PC starts with a minimal set of drivers and startup programs. This could solve the issue of the WMP database. To run a clean boot, go through these steps:

      1. Use Windows + R keys to access the Run window. Next, type msconfig and tap on OK.
      2. Navigate to the General tab and unmark the Load startup items option. Then, checkmark the Load system services option.
      3. Go to General tab and unmark Load startup items and checkmark Load system services

      4. Tap on the tab Services and mark the Hide all Microsoft services option. Press on the option Disable all then press on Apply and then hit OK to apply the made changes.
      5. Go to Services, mark Hide all Microsoft services, then click on Disable all, then click Apply and then hit Ok

      6. After you’ve completed all these steps, you can reboot your PC, and it will boot in clean mode.
      Use Recoveryfix Video Repair tool to fix WMP issues

      In case the above manual methods are unable to fix the WMP database issue then you can go for the Recoveryfix Video Repair tool. With this tool, you can fix damaged MTS video files and repair corrupt MXF video files for free. Moreover, this advanced tool repairs corrupt video files of almost every format like MOV, MP4, WEBM, MTS, WMV, ASF, M4V, AVI, M4A, AVCHD, 3G2, FLV, 3GP, etc. Also, it supports recovery from all types of recorded video cameras. It repairs:

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      • Poor-quality or stuck pixels in video files.
      • Blurring, choppiness, flickering, etc. in videos.
      • Crashes during editing of video files.
      • Synchronization issues between audio and video.
      • Damage or distortion caused by Windows or software upgrades.

      The bottom line

      You can easily fix the corrupt WMP database problem by using the above manual methods. However, manual methods require careful execution to avoid any data loss risk while fixing this issue. For this, you can rely on Recoveryfix Video Repair tool to repair almost all types of damaged/corrupt video files.

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