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WMP and Folder.jpg being overwritten, possible solution?
koawmfot
post Oct 14 2009, 19:15
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There are many documented instances of WMP overwriting folder.jpg with a 200x200 version when adding mp3 files to the WMP library.

some examples:
http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....=50810&st=0
http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=648437
http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=551685
http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=767036
http://www.vistaheads.com/forums/microsoft...load-issue.html

you can google "wmp folder.jpg overwritten" for others...

anyway, there was a key posted in antother thread that after playing with i think i may have found the answer. i posted this in one of the above threads, but it was for Windows 7 beta so i don't know if it will be missed. anyway...

if you add the below values it appears that WMP will NOT generate or resize new folder.jpg OR AlbumArtSmall.jpg files. IF folder.jpg (or AlbumArtSmall) already exist(s), it does not resize it but mearly sets the HIDDEN and SYSTEM attributes. so if you have a folder.jpg and/or an albumartsmall.jpg file at 1500x1500, it will leave them alone (except for hiding them...).

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences]
"LargeAlbumArtSize"=dword:ffffffff
"SmallAlbumArtSize"=dword:ffffffff

can anyone out there verify this? i tired with a brand new database and a few albums. a quick outside verification would be great. thanks.

obviously all the automatic updating features are turned off in WMP and Media Center as well. i have not tested with them on.

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Chinch
post Jul 22 2010, 10:22
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I despise this bug. I consider it a bug or at least a poor assumption on the developers' part... for WMP to assume that I want my folder.jpg art resized to 200x200. Cost me... I can't even imagine how many hours of scanning/downloading art for my huge collection. All that hi-res art... gone in an instant. I don't even use WMP, i use foobar! But if you even PLAY a file with WMP, it will start scanning away, destroying your folder.jpg artwork and making them hidden+system files. The latter is easy enough to fix with the DOS command "attrib -h -s /s folder.jpg" at the root level of your music collection... but the album art... *sigh*

I have not tried the registry fix (I will add the entries, regardless, just in case)... thanks for that tip, which I had gotten to it sooner, but i can give one other piece of information to avoid WMP doing this -- If you are using Windows 7.

Make sure you remove (at minimum) your main Music folder from the "Music" section under "Libraries". This will prevent WMP from picking those folders up, as by default, it looks in your "Music Library" to populate its database of your music. At least in my experiment here on my PC it stopped it. Once I removed My Music, My Videos, My Pictures, etc from their default Libraries (right click on a Library, go to Properties and you can add/remove folders) they no longer showed up in WMP, and everything it had scanned for and automatically added to its database went away. On a side note, not sure if this prevented it either... I moved my media folders from the default location under "C:\Users\YourProfileName" to "D:\Music", "D:\Videos", etc.

Thanks for the registry hack, and damn you WMP, I knew I should've installed the "N" version!!!
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- koawmfot   WMP and Folder.jpg being overwritten   Oct 14 2009, 19:15
- - FatBoyDrift   Hi there, This issue has been bugging me for ages...   Oct 17 2009, 03:44
|- - koawmfot   thanks my friend. though the post was about how t...   Oct 18 2009, 00:28
- - evlo   Not working, also sharing C:\music as \...   Dec 25 2009, 20:06
- - evlo   I can't edit post, so i post new one .... It ...   Dec 26 2009, 00:09
- - evlo   You can also use symbolic links. I currently use s...   Dec 26 2009, 13:44
- - Vig2000   Hello everyone, I have a couple of quick questions...   Dec 29 2009, 21:40
|- - grommet   QUOTE (Vig2000 @ Dec 29 2009, 12:40) Man,...   Dec 29 2009, 23:17
|- - Vig2000   QUOTE (grommet @ Dec 29 2009, 17:17) QUOT...   Dec 29 2009, 23:24
|- - grommet   QUOTE (Vig2000 @ Dec 29 2009, 14:24) Than...   Dec 29 2009, 23:32
|- - Vig2000   QUOTE (grommet @ Dec 29 2009, 17:32) It a...   Dec 30 2009, 01:10
|- - grommet   QUOTE (Vig2000 @ Dec 29 2009, 16:10) QUOT...   Dec 30 2009, 02:35
|- - Vig2000   QUOTE (grommet @ Dec 29 2009, 20:35) I th...   Dec 30 2009, 03:15
|- - grommet   QUOTE (Vig2000 @ Dec 29 2009, 18:15) Well...   Dec 30 2009, 07:42
|- - Vig2000   QUOTE (grommet @ Dec 30 2009, 01:42) Well...   Dec 30 2009, 15:34
- - Robertina   A file which has been overwritten is permanently a...   Dec 29 2009, 22:25
- - Robertina   Have you already tried foobar2000?   Dec 30 2009, 03:43
- - evlo   Just to let you know: nothing of what i wrote work...   Jan 10 2010, 02:57
- - GHammer   I simply set all folder.jpg to readonly. WMP can...   Jan 10 2010, 05:27
- - evlo   BTW do anyone have any idea WHY wmp12 adds local p...   Jan 10 2010, 13:32
- - evlo   Now i have tried deleting c:\Users\Loli...   Jan 11 2010, 02:47
- - evlo   I can't edit my post. So i think that Music.li...   Jan 11 2010, 09:13
- - elmar3rd   After getting a new machine (Win 7 Pro 32 bit WMP1...   Jan 11 2010, 10:00
- - Chinch   I despise this bug. I consider it a bug or at leas...   Jul 22 2010, 10:22
- - evlo   I made little utility that creates backups, reset ...   Jul 22 2010, 12:10
|- - Vig2000   QUOTE (evlo @ Jul 22 2010, 06:10) I made ...   Jul 22 2010, 18:08
- - evlo   Here it is: basically it does what can be achieved...   Jul 22 2010, 18:21
- - djoby00   I am win7 and WMP12 and I can not find these value...   Dec 14 2010, 05:17
- - evlo   create them, also my little utility can create the...   Dec 14 2010, 09:53
- - Roseval   For thos who are interested in having WMP12 displa...   Jan 6 2011, 21:46
|- - Loosel   QUOTE (Roseval @ Jan 6 2011, 21:46) For t...   May 20 2012, 14:37
- - evlo   Interesting, will this stop WMP form setting folde...   Jan 7 2011, 07:55
- - esquire415   Also sorry to revive this thread but WMP already c...   Oct 16 2012, 22:25
- - cw-kid   I just joined this forum to say thank you for post...   Mar 12 2013, 00:05


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