Duplicate files are one nuisance that is becoming more and more common nowadays due to the increased volumes of files on users’ computers systems. Another reason that can be somewhat blamed for the mushrooming growth of duplicate files complaints is the high-speed internet that facilitates unlimited downloads. This leads users to download files, songs, games, videos etc over and over and over again. And surely not many of us bother to keep our files organized on the computer. The result is that we usually can’t trace a file when we need it the most, and then we end up downloading it again. Whereas the previously downloaded file is also sitting in some random corner of the hard drive but it goes unnoticed. This situation replicates itself time and again. And in no time our computer is choked with duplicate files.
This article talks about dealing with duplicate files related to Microsoft Groove. Let us take a detailed look at all the solutions we’ve found to this issue.
Here are possible solutions :
Solution 1: Use Clone Files Checker
All you need to do is add up all the folders that contain your music collection in the Include to scan area of Clone Files Checker. This software will initiate a powerful, in-depth scan that will fetch accurate results within minutes and clean up all the duplicates with lightning speed. You can download it here: Fix Groove Duplicate Songs.
- Click the start button.
- Search for Groove Music and then open it from the Search Results.
- Click the cog icon to open Settings.
- Now click on Choose where we look for music.
- Add all the folders which contain your music collection.
- Now launch Clone Files Checker.
- In Step 1 (Include to Scan), specify exactly the same folders which you added in step # 5 of this solution.
- In Step 2 (Search Options), select Custom and then Music.
- Now click on Start Search to initiate the scan.
Once the scan has concluded, click on Quick Fix to delete all duplicate files in one go.
Solution 2: Rebuild Groove’s Database
Refresh the music playlist of Groove. This step is especially all the more important since you have already removed duplicate songs courtesy Clone Files Checker. However, these songs might still be appearing in the playlist. So re-create the playlist to get rid of them.
- Open Task Manager.
- Switch to the Details tab.
- Locate WWAHost.exe and stop it from running.
- Now navigate to the following location:
- C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.ZuneMusic_<SOME RANDOM NUMBERS>\LocalState\Database
- Delete the folder named as Database.
- Restart your laptop.
Solution 3: Remove Songs’ Folder from OneDrive
One trapdoor of its own kind which users often fail to take notice is that they connect their OneDrive folder to Groove Music resulting in widespread duplication in the playlist. The only way out of this is to remove the OneDrive folder and do away with any chances of duplicates creeping up in the playlist.
- Open the start menu.
- Search for Groove Music and open it.
- Click on the cogwheel to bring up Settings.
- Click Choose where we look for music.
- Remove ALL folders that are linked to your OneDrive account.
Solution 4: Move All of Your Music to a Single Folder
This step helps to keep your music directory more organized and it also guarantees to act as a whistle-blower against any duplicates, provided the duplicate and the parent file are named in the same way.
- Click on start.
- Click File Explorer.
- Click on Music.
- Copy your entire music collection to this folder.
- Launch Groove Music.
- Click the cog icon to open up Settings.
- Click on Choose where we look for music.
- Lastly, add C:\Users\USER_NAME\Music as the default location for Groove to fetch music from.
- Click Done to save the changes.
And that’s it. If you still unable to remove duplicate songs from Windows, then comment us here, we will personally help you.