How to Find Duplicate Songs in Windows Media Player

By Mario Calhoun

If you manually add songs to your Windows Media Player program, you may notice duplicate tracks in your media library. Although they may be actual duplicates, oftentimes the duplicate track is simply an older, invalid entry left behind in your media library. Removal of these invalid entries helps better organize your media library, which also results in fewer "file not found" error messages when attempting to play a specific song. According to the official Microsoft site, correcting this common error requires configuring Windows Media Player to automatically scan a specific folder, which will keep your media library in sync with the music folder on your computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows Media Player 10 or later

Step 1

Click the "Start" button on your desktop screen's taskbar, click "All Programs" and click "Windows Media Player."

Step 2

Press the "F3" button on your keyboard to view the "Add to Library" window. This tool provides automatic scanning of your media folders, which locates and removes duplicate tracks if any are available.

Step 3

Click the "Browse" button to open a dialog box that displays your computer's folders. Locate and click the folder you wish to use for auto-scanning in the "Look In" section, according to the Microsoft site.

Step 4

Click "Search" to begin scanning the folder, which will remove any invalid file entries found in your Windows Media Player's library. A list of invalid entries will be displayed once the search is finished.

Step 5

Click the "Library" tab at the top of the Windows Media Player window, and click the "Album" tab in the Library window to manually search for any duplicate tracks the auto-scanner may have missed.

Step 6

Right-click the duplicate track, and click "Delete" from the shortcut menu. Alternatively, click the "Backspace" key on your keyboard and click "Delete" on the pop-up window to confirm the deletion.