How to Add Media Info in Windows Media Player [2024]

Written By Farhan Max

Windows Media Player is one of the famous and most used media players in computers, and it is one of the oldest ones. Microsoft has released several updates and modified them heavily regarding looks and features.

Some media files lack useful info like artist name, album name, etc., which Windows Media Player tries to collect from the web if it’s been connected with the internet. But you can also input the info on your own if you want. I have done this before, and I will share the methods to do the same.

Why is it essential to add media info into Windows Media Player?

While the media is being played, Windows Media Player keeps showing the essential information about that piece of content. The artist name, album name, releasing year, the genre are the standard info for a media file.

How to Add Media Info in Windows Media Player

By adding media files in Windows Media Player, the player tries to collect all the information regarding that track from the internet. In this process, sometimes, the information seemed misleading also.

Keep reading as I will tell you the easy ways to add media info into Windows Media Player throughout the

There are several ways to add media info into Windows Media Player. Some might seem complicated; others are easy.

With the files being downloaded privately from YouTube or somewhere else from the internet, your piece of media file might lack the metadata like album name, artist name, genre, releasing year, etc.

These metadata are attached with the media file to validate it more. This information can be edited through the Windows Media Player. For example, you have ripped media files from a CD (although no one uses a CD nowadays, imagine you are collecting good old songs!). The files were supposed to have the necessary data with them. But it did not carry them.

Now in this place, you can use the built-in player, the popular one, the Windows Media Player, to edit the information according to your choice.

1. Use Find Media Info Feature

Windows Media Player has a clever feature called Find Media Info. This feature allows the program to retrieve media information from the internet.

Windows Media Player is usually connected with an online database, in which it has several types of data of that media file. You just need to connect your PC with the internet correctly.

Here are the steps to connect your Windows 10 PC with the internet:

  • Drag your mouse pointer to the Network icon in the taskbar. Click on the Network icon (this icon looks like an earth).
  • From the dialogue box, select your WiFi. Enter your Password. Click on Connect.
  • You can check the box saying Remember this network while connecting with your WiFi to make it easier to connect more hassle-free.

After successfully connecting your PC to the internet, you can now proceed to Windows Media Player. The player is not available in front of you in Windows 10, and you will have to search for it a little bit.

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Follow the steps to open Windows Media Player in Windows 10:

  • Go to the Start Menu.
  • Scroll down to Windows Accessories. Go into that folder.
  • Scroll down again to Windows Media Player and click on it to launch.wmp-windows-accessories
  • You can just search from the Start Menu also. Arriving at Start Menu, start typing Windows Media Player. The app will be

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Now let us collect album information from online to Windows Media Player. Follow the steps below to retrieve album info easily.

  • Add your media files into the Windows Media Player. You can select all the media files and drag them into the Windows Media Player library to add files.
  • After adding the files, right-click on any of the media files.
  • Select the Find Media Info option from the drop-down box.

Now keep patience, and please wait until the Windows Media Player retrieves the album information from online. Album info contains information about the album itself like Album Name, Artist Name, Genre, Releasing Year, Co-Artists Name, Cover Image, etc.

Once Windows Media Player has finished fetching the information online, your album and tracks will look different and more classy. They now have authentic looks with the information they need.

Note: Not all the information fetched online with Windows Media Player is correct. Neither Windows Media Player can retrieve all the information alone, and the player depends on its online database, which might not have the information your media files need.

2. Edit Album Info at your own

You can change or edit the media information from the file with ease. This can be done inside the Windows Media Player or edited outside the app. You just need to hover your mouse pointer over the details of that media file and edit the details quickly. Facing error 0x80004005, you can quickly fix unexpected Zip file error on Windows from our detailed guide.

Here are the steps to edit album info:

  • Launch Windows Media Player (You can find it under the Start Menu > Windows Accessories, or just type Windows Media Player going into Start Menu. This will take you to the Windows Media Player.
  • Add media files if you have not done yet. You can select the media files from any folder and drag them to the Windows Media Player to easily add them.
  • Hover your mouse pointer over the newly added media files.
  • Right-click on any aspect of that file, and it will show you an option saying Edit. Click on Edit.
  • Now you have got the box to write down the info. Write the album name, artist name, releasing year and genre, and hit

You are done! You have successfully edited the album info of your media files with Windows Media Player. You can use this method if you have already tried to fetch information with the Windows Media Player online database and it failed.

3. Change Media Info from Properties

Windows offers users to change their info from the file properties. Whether it is a media file or program, you can easily change the identifying information. But in this case, as you can not change it throughout any player, you will have to change and update all the files individually.

Follow the steps to change media info from properties:

  • Locate the files on your PC.
  • Select any of the media files you want to edit.
  • Right-click on that file.
  • Select Properties from the drop-down menu. file-properties
  • Go to the Details tab.
  • Click on every aspect you want to change and update, like album name, artist name, releasing year, genre, etc. properties-details
  • Click Apply after you have completely changed and updated the information.

That was all the process. Following this method, you will have to edit every track throughout the album, whereas Windows Media Player offered to edit in batch.

Note: If you face any problem while editing and updating the album info through the System Properties, click on Remove Properties and Personal Information in the details tab first. Then try again to change the details thoroughly.

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How do I add album information to Windows Media Player?

You can easily use the Find Media Info option in Windows Media Player to retrieve all the necessary info from the online database.

How do I edit metadata in Windows Media Player?

Right-click on the track from the library, you will get the Edit Song Info option. Click and edit as you need and hit Enter at last.

Does Windows Media Player still work?

Yes, Windows Media Player 12 is still bundled with the Windows 10 PCs. But as the Windows grown-up, Microsoft released another program replacing the Windows Media Player called Movies.

Does Windows 10 come with Windows Media Player?

You can find it inside the Windows Accessories folder in Start Menu. Or simply, you can just search for it in Start Menu.

What is the default media player in Windows 10?

Groove Music for audio files and Movies for video files. These two apps are bundled with Windows 10 alongside the legendary Windows Media Player.


Windows Media Player offers the flexibility to edit and rewrite the media info. I hope this article helped you a lot to know the whole process. Leave your comments below.

About The Author
Farhan Max is a tech geek with a particular interest in computer hardware. He's been fascinated by gaming since childhood and is now completing his undergraduate studies while researching and testing the latest tech innovations. Alongside his love for all things geeky, Farhan is also a skilled photographer.


  1. My WMP will no longer allow me to modify track information such as track number, song title, year, album, contributing artists, etc. Even when I input the info I want when I initially rip the CD, some of it does not carry. I used to be able to right click the music file and make necessary changes in properties but that’s what it won’t let me do anymore. These changes are necessary for my phone player.


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