[ Source: ] If you have to use WMP [Windows Media Player], then just delete previous files from your library (highlight and press delete).

WMP deceitfully displays files as 'Ripped to the library', even if they failed to be ripped. I notice no 'Delete' button or option in WMP. Please see this screenshot:

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    Can you share some screenshots? It is hard to provide an answer right now as there are many places in WMP where this can be done – InterLinked Mar 29 '16 at 17:34
  • He means press "delete" on your keyboard. – You'reAGitForNotUsingGit Mar 29 '16 at 19:14
  • @InterLinked Done. Better? – Greek - Area 51 Proposal Mar 29 '16 at 19:42

I found that the check boxes to the left of the track number (column #) in Windows Media Player (12 at least) controls what will be ripped and in fact controls whether the Rip CD button is greyed out or not. Ignore the Rip Status column that says "ripped in library".


Here are some steps you can take:

  1. Try deleting the playlist itself if you don't need it. If it shows up under Playlists, delete it there. Otherwise, on the right-hand side, delete "Unsaved Playlist"
  2. Use the "Delete" button on your keyboard, as Android Dev commented.
  3. Open the run Command and type the following without quotes. This will reset Windows Media Player and hopefully clear any playlists that are stuck in there.

     "msdt.exe -id WindowsMediaPlayerConfigurationDiagnostic"
  4. If none of the above work, you can also reset WMP following these instructions: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-pictures/how-to-reset-windows-media-player-to-default/60c1903d-7bde-465a-8361-2e522ed742f1

Don't do #s 3 or 4 if you have data in WMP you want to keep as it may wipe them. Note that if you just have other playlists those are easy to recreate. Wiping Windows Media Player doesn't delete any of the songs or content that it has access to.

Response to LePressentiment: Have you tried steps number 3 and 4 or are you not willing to reset WMP? And just to make sure, there are no playlists listed under the "Playlists" tab but you see an 'unnamed playlist' anyways?

  • Thanks. Sorry if I am being careless. 1. I cannot appear to delete the playlist on the right-hand side? I can confirm the lack of any saved playlists on my computer. But 2 appears to function: thanks agian! – Greek - Area 51 Proposal Mar 29 '16 at 20:18
  • Thanks. +1. Please allow me a few days to try your suggestions in your response. – Greek - Area 51 Proposal Mar 29 '16 at 23:37

If you change the destination of Ripped files (in Organise-Options-Extract music, change the destination folder), the status of the files will be blank again.

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