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Published on 05.01.07 by Brent Trahan

Share Your Windows Media Player Library with Everyone Using Public Folders

Share your Windows Media Player library with everyone who logs on your computer and/or through a network using a shared public folder.


This guide shows you how to share your WMP library with other people who logon your computer and/or with people who have access to a shared public folder on your computer.

Share WMP Library with People on Your Computer

If you have other people with separate accounts on your computer and you want to share your Windows Media Player library with them you can easily do so by moving your library to the music folder in the public user account on your Windows Vista PC. The public user account gives anyone logged on to your computer access to files saved in it. It can also easily be shared with other computers across a network.

Copy your current library from C:\Users\YourUserAccount\Music to C:\Users\Public\Music.

Next you need to change where WMP saves ripped CDs for now on from C:\Users\YourUserAccount\Music to C:\Users\Public\Music. If you need help with this see my guide on changing the ripped CDs location.

Share WMP Library with People across a Network

If you want to make the public folder accessible from a network see my guide on sharing your public folder.

The person accessing your shared library across a network will need to add a new monitored folder in their Windows Media Player settings. If you need help with adding monitored folders see this guide.

Remember that your computer needs to always be turned on in order for other people to have access to your library across a network.

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2 Responses to “Share Your Windows Media Player Library with Everyone Using Public Folders”

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  1. locus says:

    or, you could just share out your media folers directly,
    Especially handy if its on another disk/partition, eg

    Personally, I’ve shared d: my media disk with all other users on the home network, leaving no media on c: (experience in windows crashes has taught me this).

    Less steps involved, K.I.S.S……

  2. David Laub says:

    Aren’t you opening up a can of worms in terms of copyright violations by doing this?

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