Add Files to Windows 8 Music and Video Apps Permanently

After reviewing the necessary Windows 8 apps recently, I started using all of them as my default apps to see how well they can serve me. While reviewing the Music and Video apps I added some media files to the apps and as long as they were running and were in the memory of Windows, there was no problem at all. But as soon as I killed and launched them again, all my imported files were gone.


Next time when I tried to play the song I got an error and I was not able to see any of my imported songs in the app library. I thought it might be a one-time issue, but no matter how many times I tried, the music information was never retained. The app also gave no clue regarding what the problem was, but after thinking for a while I knew what the reason could have been. The thing was, I was trying to add the music to the app library, whereas I should make it a part of the Windows library.

Note: You will only get the error if you are not saving your music and video files in the Windows library. You can solve the issue by copying all your music and video files to library but I personally prefer to keep all my data files off the system drive. You should too!

Adding Media Folders to Windows Library

Step 1: Open your Windows library, right-click on Music and select Properties.


Step 2: In the Music Properties window you will have to add all the folders you used to save your music files. Simply press the add button and browse for the folder. All the sub-folders will be added automatically.

File Added

That’s all, you can now repeat the steps for the Video folder to add the directories that contains your movies and episodes. From now on whenever you open your Music or Video Windows 8 app, you will see all your media files in the app library.

My Music App


So that was how you can play your music and videos using Windows 8 app, but one thing I was missing was the shortcut to control tracks. While working on desktop, I had to open the Windows 8 app every time I wished to skip a track which I could easily do with Windows Media Player running  in my taskbar. Snapping the app to Windows sidebar is an option, but it takes way too much real estate. Any other ideas?

Last updated on 03 February, 2022

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