Add media files to Windows Media Center

The first time you start Windows Media Center, it looks for media files in the Music, Pictures, and Videos libraries on your computer. Through these libraries, you can control which songs, movies, and other media appear in Media Center.

There are two ways to do this:

  • From outside of Media Center, add or remove folders in Windows libraries (for more information, see Working with libraries). When you add or remove a folder, the change is reflected in Media Center.

  • From within Media Center, add or remove folders that you want Media Center to monitor for media files. When you add or remove a folder, the change is reflected in your Windows library.

Picture of Media Library page in Windows Media Center
The Media Library page in Media Center

Each time you open Media Center, it looks for media files in the your Music, Pictures, and Videos libraries, and in the Recorded TV library (usually located at C:\Users\Public). If you add or delete a file in any of those folders, the content that appears in Media Center is automatically updated.

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To add media files to Media Center

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Media Center.
  2. On the Windows Media Center start screen, scroll to Tasks, and then click Settings.

  3. Click Media Libraries.

  4. Click the type of media that you want to add (such as Music), and then click Next.

  5. Click Add folders to the library, and then click Next.

  6. Depending on where your media files are stored, click one of the options under Where are the folders you want to add?, and then click Next.

  7. Navigate to the folders that you want to add by clicking the PlusPicture of the Plus button or MinusPicture of the Minus button buttons, and then select the check box next to each folder. (Files in subfolders will be included in your selection.)
  8. When you've selected all the folders that you want Media Center to monitor, click Next, click Yes, use these locations, and then click Finish.

    After you've finished adding files, it might take several minutes for the files to appear in the libraries.

Tips

  • Under Where are the folders you want to add?, if you select On another computer to add a folder from a network, and Media Center doesn't detect the folder, try mapping the folder as a network drive. To learn how, see Create a shortcut to (map) a network drive. After you do this, you might be able to access the folder in Media Center by clicking On this computer (includes mapped network drives) in Media Library.

  • If you delete an album from your Music library in Media Center, but choose the Library Only option when deleting, the album will only be removed from Media Center—it will not be deleted from where it's stored. You can add the album back to Media Center by removing the parent folder from the Music library then adding it again.

To import media from a digital camera or other removable device

If you have media on a removable device, such as a USB flash drive or a digital camera, you can import the media directly to your computer. When you do this, the files will be stored in the My Pictures folder in Windows.

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Media Center.
  2. If Media Center is not in full-screen mode, click the Maximize button Picture of the Maximize button.
  3. Connect your removable device to your computer. (Cameras and most other removable devices are usually connected to a USB port.)

  4. In the dialog that appears, click Import pictures and videos.

  5. If you want to change the name of the folder where your media will be stored, type a new name.

  6. Click Import. Media Center will copy the files to your My Pictures folder.

Notes

  • If you have video files in addition to pictures on your removable device, they'll be imported to the My Pictures folder. To see them in the Video library in Media Center, you'll need to manually move them to the My Videos or Public Videos folder in Windows Explorer. For more information, see Managing your videos.

  • If you store media on certain types of removable drives (such as external USB hard drives), you'll need to add them manually to see them in Media Center.