Oh – yet another way in which Microsoft has made my, and others’, lives much more easy.
You open Windows Media Player, and try to rip a CD, but it won’t rip despite the fact you’ve done this dozens of times before. You get the message ‘Windows Media Player cannot rip one or more tracks from this CD’.
You open Tools->Options->Rip Music. You see that the ‘Rip music to this location’ is blank – so you click ‘Change’ to set it. But nothing happens. Click, click, click. No dialog opens to allow you to set the output directory. Any time you try to rip the CD, you get the same error saying it can’t rip. You try running the Troubleshooting app and reset all the user settings to default. Still no luck.
The problem is caused because the drive and/or directory media player had been pointing to no longer exists, and the change directory button doesn’t work IF THE ORIGINAL DIRECTORY OR DRIVE IS GONE. Too bad you can’t change where it is pointing at. Too bad you also can’t even see what it THINKS it should be pointing at to recreate it. Guess you’ll just have to remember the path from memory. Shucks – that’s great design.
You either have to re-create that directory (from memory) – or do THIS highly intuitive operation to fix it:
1. Start menu -> right click ‘Music’ and get the properties.
2. Either: see what directory has a checkmark by it and re-create that directory/re-attach the drive, or add/pick a listed directory that DOES exist – (i.e c:users”your user”)
3. Right click on a directory that does exist, and select ‘Set as default save location’
Close and reopen media player. This will solve the problem. The fact that clicking on the ‘Change’ button doesn’t work is just fundamentally broke. That needs fixing. Also, fix the automated troubleshooter to actually reset the default location back to something sane too. The troubleshooter is broken as well.