Windows 10: How to limit WMP access to specific locations?

  1.    21 Dec 2017 #1

    How to limit WMP access to specific locations?


    First post here, though long-standing indebtedness to help from SevenForums.

    This seems a simple question though a thorough scouring of the Net finds no answer.

    I want to limit the drives which appear in the left pane of Media Player. In particular I have 2 external USB drives (I: and J which I do not want Media Player to have anything at all to do with. Inculding them and their media content simply complicates matters (there is purposefully much duplicated material). How do I acheive this?

    TIA
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    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       21 Dec 2017 #2

    IGB said: View Post
    First post here, though long-standing indebtedness to help from SevenForums.

    This seems a simple question though a thorough scouring of the Net finds no answer.

    I want to limit the drives which appear in the left pane of Media Player. In particular I have 2 external USB drives (I: and J which I do not want Media Player to have anything at all to do with. Inculding them and their media content simply complicates matters (there is purposefully much duplicated material). How do I acheive this?

    TIA
    Hi IGB and welcome Ten forums!

    Right click on Library and click Customize... Scroll down to Sync devices and uncheck all. This works with my WD drive, but will eliminate all of devices. Sure some combo can be found...

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  3.    22 Dec 2017 #3

    Andre,
    Many thanks for your attention but while I learnt a lot from your post it really does not acheive my objectives. Your method certainly limits the number of options in the drop-down lists of the various locations shown in the navigation pane but this is a purely cosmetic effect. Media Player still collects media material from all devices on or connected to the PC. Even if you change the options in "Organize Libraries" to remove all locations for a category (Pictures say) Media Player merrily goes about it's business and collects picture information from hither and yon. Your screen cap would seem to indicate that your WD drive (a USB, I am assuming) does not appear in the navigation pane. I have not been able to acheive this.

    If you go into the options multi-tab screen and go to the Devices Tab it is this list that I wish to edit. In other words I want to prevent Media Player even 'knowing' about the "J:" drive, say. If it doesn't know about the drive then it will not collect information and it will not display the drive icon in the Navigation Panel. But there seems to be no option to do this. Perhaps there is a registry tweak? Perhaps there is an ini file in windows somewhere?

    If you have any further ideas then please post them, otherwise thank you for your attempts to help.

    IGB
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