Steps to Backup Windows Media Player Library

There is a good number of Music Players in the market like Windows Media Player, iTunes and Media Player Classic but I like using WMP more than others.

Thus over the years I have built up a huge database of library consisting not only of songs and movies but also of the pictures. So if you also use WMP and are thinking to format the computer or just take this library to a new computer purchased by you, then here are the steps to backup the library completely.


1.    Open My Computer

2.    Go to the folder C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Media Player (UserName is your user in which the WMP contains the whole library)

3.    Here are the all the files that contain all files stored in library however the file named CurrentDatabase… is the most important (as shown).

4.    It would be better to copy the entire folder as a backup rather than the individual files as this would ensure the complete backup of the WMP library like the songs collection and also the play count of the songs.

Copy the folder and replace it with the same to restore.

Works with all versions of WMP like WMP 11.

One Reply to “Steps to Backup Windows Media Player Library”

  1. Doesn’t seem to be working. Any suggestions? I copied the folder of to another machine and reformatted the the computer. I put the folder back and no luck. One point of note is that it is a different username. Not sure if that would matter. Anything to do with the registry?

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