February 3, 2009 at 2:37 pm #28522
My windows media player has had an Untitled Track for three months now that won't play, change or delete!!! What do I do?! Its very existence is a mockery to me!February 3, 2009 at 3:38 pm #31090
This problem often arises with files downloaded by Limewire or similar. WMV, WMA, MOV and m4A files can all be modified to contain more than just music or video. Unfortunately, people take advantage of this to send you nasties, or sometimes simply to just annoy you!I'd imagine more than one teen has lost his allowance because the file entitled 'nubile cheerleader caught by webcam in toilet' or some such terribly incriminating title has been locked and he can't delete it from mums computer!Its not just movies and not always porn either. I had a similar problem with a WMA file of Perry Como once lol.. it wouldnt play and wouldnt delete.Here is how to deal with it.Windows Media Player builds a library, which consists of shortcuts to your music and video files. These files will exist somewhere else in your computer.The first thing you will need to do is find the offending files real location!Use the 'search' option in your Start menu if you have any problems finding the file.With all Media players, Windows or otherwise, closed, try to delete the file.If this doesnt work, then try booting into safe mode and deleting the file whilst in safe mode.If you still dont have any success, then you are going to need this free program.http://www.emco.is/download/moveonboot/moveonbootsetup.exeThis program will delete the file on the next restart, before anything can lock it.I have had plenty of these kind of files. MoveOnBoot has successfully dealt with all but one. That particular file, which was labelled Princess Diana's Wedding, was a particularly disgusting piece of bestial porn, and thwarted all efforts to remove it. My final solution for that one was to access the Windows folders via Linux and delete it without starting Windows at all.My policy to prevent collecting these annoying files...?
Mitz from Tips4pcFebruary 3, 2009 at 11:15 pm #31091
…sorry to sound incompetent, but how does one go into Safe mode? I'm new to computers… hehehe. I tried the link and it seems the untitled track doesn't exist or something after using the Search option in the Start menu and dragging it from WMP to MoveOnBoot. How terribly boring.February 4, 2009 at 12:34 am #31092
Which version of Windows Media Player are you using? ie. media player 9, 10 or 11? Which version of Windows are you using ie XP, XP Pro, Vista Basic, etc?****Is the song appearing on the panel on the right of media player, where playlists are seen?If so, at the top of the panel, does it say now playing or burn list? Is it the only song on the list?****Is the song appearing on the middle of the Media Player screen?If so, which menu item is highlighted at the top? ie Now Playing, Library, Rip, Burn etcIs it the only song listed?****Can you right click on the file? Do you see options such as File Location or Properties?Either of these should give you a clue as to where the file may actually be hiding.Alternatively, if you right click on the file and select 'delete', you will see a prompt asking you if you want to delete from only library, or from library AND my computer. Try the my computer option first, which i am guessing will give you a result of 'the file doesnt exist' or something like that, then try simply deleting it from the library.SAFE MODE:Safe mode is Windows loading just the very basics required to run, with no background processes. Many processes load with Windows by default, and if you are trying to delete something and it wont delete, chances are that whatever you want to delete is already in use by something.As Windows will not delete anything that is in use, Safe Mode is used to try and access things before they are loaded into whatever program is using them, by getting to them before the program has loaded at all.To boot into safe mode, in most computers, try this.*Ensure there is no CD, DVD or floppy disc in any of the drives.** Restart the computer***Immediately the computer starts again, before it has loaded anything, click the F8 key at least once per second, continuing until you see a screen come up with options such as 'Start Normally' 'Use last know good configuration' 'Safe mode' 'Safe mode with networking' etc**** Using the arrow keys on your keyboard, select 'Safe Mode' and hit enter. Windows will now boot into Safe Mode. Once you are loaded in safe mode, try to delete the file.
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