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Published on 09.07.08 by Brent Trahan

Add or Remove Folders Watched by Windows Media Center’s Library

How to add or remove local or shared folders Windows Media Center watches.

Add a Folder to Watch

Note: Windows Media Center’s Library watches the same folders as Windows Media Player’s Library. If you add folders to Windows Media Player’s Library Windows Media Center will watch them too.

On this computer: Watch folders located on the same computer as Windows Media Center.

  1. Open settings under Tasks in Windows Media Center.

  2. Select Library Setup.
  3. Select Add folder to watch and then select Next.

  4. Select Add folders on this computer and then select Next.

  5. Navigate to the folder you want Windows Media Center to watch by selecting the + signs to drill down to it if needed and then check it off.

  6. Select Next and then select Finish on the next screen.

From another computer: Watch folder across a network on another computer.

  1. Follow steps 1 – 3 above.
  2. Select Add shared folders from another computer.

  3. Check off the shared folder(s) you want Windows Media Center to watch.

    Note: If you need help sharing or accessing shared folders across a network see my guides on sharing a folder and browsing a network.

  4. Select Next and then select Finish on the next screen.

Stop Watching a Folder

  1. Open settings under Tasks in Windows Media Center.

  2. Select Library Setup.
  3. Select Stop watching a folder and then select Next.

  4. Uncheck the folder(s) you want Windows Media Center to stop watching and then select Next.

  5. Select Finish on the next screen.

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  1. David Canova says:

    Remove Unwanted Folders from Library in Windows Media Center

    FOUND SOLUTION TO KNOWN BUG
    It seems there is a known bug in certain versions of Windows Media Center (ie, Vista Home Premium, Vista Ultimate and Windows 7 Beta) in which even when you remove a folder from a music/picture library in Media Center, items from those folders are not actually removed from the Library. I searched around and didn’t see much help, until finally I found this solution from a guy who works at Microsoft:

    I had no problem with doing this since I just wanted to reset the library completely and do a re-index.

    Since Windows Media Center and Media Player share the same database (or library), these instructions will resolve problems for both applications at same time.

    The instructions are:
    Exit Windows Media Player.

    For Windows XP:
    Click Start, click Run, type: %userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Media Player, and then click OK.

    For Windows Vista:
    Click Start, click Run, type: %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Media Player,
    and then click OK.

    Select all the files (not folders), and then click Delete on the File menu.
    Note: You do not have to delete the folders that are in this folder.

    Restart Windows Media Player.

    Note Windows Media Player automatically rebuilds the database.

    After deleting all the files, Windows Media Center’s library was completely reset. This procedure removed all of the unwanted (or invalid) folders that I could not remove before and I re-added the folders I wanted. Everything has worked fine since.

    Hopefully this post will help other’s who might run into the same problem.

  2. Gaurav says:

    The Microsoft guy tip worked (I run Vista)! Thanks a lot.

  3. D Simpson says:

    This works even better after you have reset your library
    http://www.fluxbox.co.uk/2008/07/26/vista-mce-removing-adding-network-folders/

    Just create shortcuts in Public Videos/Pictures DON’T use Media Center’s library function it’s much faster loading and looks alot neater without the NETWORKPC// before network shares.

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