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Fix Windows Media Player Media library is corrupted error

Fix Windows Media Player Media library is corrupted error: The error occurs when Windows Media Player library database becomes corrupt or inaccessible but usually, Windows Media Player library database can usually recover from such corruptions automatically. However, in this case, the database may have become corrupted in a way that Media Player cannot recover in which case we need to rebuild the database.

Fix Windows Media Player Media library is corrupted error

While the reason for corruption can be different for different users but there are only a few fixes for this issue which are common to all the users even when they have different system configurations. So without wasting any time let’s see How to Fix Windows Media Player Media library is corrupted error with the help of below-listed troubleshooting guide.

Fix Windows Media Player Media library is corrupted error

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Rebuild Windows Media Player Library Database

1.Press Windows Key + R then type the following and hit Enter:

%LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Media Player

Navigate to Media Player app data folder

2.Select all files by pressing Ctrl + A then press Shift + Del to permanently delete all the files and folders.

Permanently delete all the files and folders present inside Media Player App data folder

3.Reboot your PC to save changes. Once the system restart Windows Media Player will automatically rebuild the database.

Method 2: Delete the Database Cache Files

1.Press Windows Key + R then type the following and hit Enter:

%LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft

2.Right-click on Media Player folder then select Delete.

Right-click on Media Player folder and select Delete

3.Empty the Recycle bin then reboot your PC.

empty recycle bin

4.Once the system restart Windows Media Player will automatically rebuild the database.

If you’re not able to delete the Windows Media Player Library Database and receive the following error message “Current database cannot be deleted because it’s open in Windows Media Network Sharing Service” then first follow this then try the above-listed steps:

1.Press Windows Key + R then type services.msc and hit Enter.

services windows

2.Scroll down and find Windows Media Network Sharing Service in the list.

3.Right-click on Windows Media Network Sharing Service and select Stop.

Right-click on Windows Media Network Sharing Service and select Stop

4.Follow method 1 or 2 and then reboot your PC to save changes.

Method 3: Perform a Clean boot

Sometimes 3rd party software can conflict with Windows and can cause the issue. In order to Fix Windows Media Player Media library is corrupted error, you need to perform a clean boot on your PC and diagnose the issue step by step.

Perform Clean boot in Windows. Selective startup in system configuration

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That’s it you have successfully Fix Windows Media Player Media library is corrupted error but if you still have any questions regarding this post then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

4 thoughts on “Fix Windows Media Player Media library is corrupted error”

  1. Hello, I tried this process numerous times but unfortunately my corrupt media library returns after Media Player rebuilds it. I was unable to complete Method 3 since each time I tried to disable any services the task manager would go un-responsive and not complete thus forcing me to power off my pc by the power switch since the task manager could not be shutdown. Therefore the only part of method 3 I was able to try was not loading start up items. I appreciated your article but unfortunately something about my setup blocks its success.

  2. Same issue here. After deleting database, steps 1 & 2, Windows Media Player works for a short time. But eventually I get the corrupt database again. Is there any way to delete Media Player and reinstall?

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