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Having trouble with mp3 tags; please help!

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I have a strange problem with mp3 tags. For many, but not all, tags windows neither recognizes them nor allows me to edit them. I know that the tags actually exist, because winamp shows them. I also downloaded a specialty program (mp3tag) to try and solve the problem. Mp3tag also shows the tags as being in place. Both pieces of software allow me to edit tags. I have this same problem on two computers: a laptop with Windows 7 and a desktop with Windows 8.

I recently learned that there are in fact different types of tags. Winamp shows these files as having ID3v2 tags. Could this have anything to do with the problem?

I wouldn't mind that much, but there is a further problem. I have an mp3 player, a Sansa Fuse, which also has problems identifying tags. It seems like it can't see anything that Windows can't.

The other thing I should mention is that sometimes, if is select an mp3 file in Windows Explorer, it will give me the option at the bottom to edit the basic information. If I choose to do this than it gives me the following error:

Error 0x800700C1: {file name} is not a valid Win32 application.

'Thought that might give a hint. I've been livign with this problem for a while and now I'm fed up with it. Any help or solutions are appreciated.
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I have a similar problem with album artwork, for some (rare) albums, the artwork appears attached (I can see it in winamp and mp3tag) but doesn't show up in windows explorer and some other places like Google music. Just latching on to your topic incase someone has a solution.
 
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On the Windows 7 machine it could be as simple as a file system corruption in the OS.

If you haven't tried already.

1. Open up command prompt with administrative priveleges
2. At the command prompt type "sfc /scannow" without the quotation marks
3. Select enter
4. Let Windows do it's thing

If that fails to fix the issue we need to explore other 3rd party applications that may have changed your file associations.

Other than Winamp, do you have any other 3rd party audio software installed? dBPoweramp or anything similar?
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Wow, I can't believe that worked! If only all problems were solved that easily. Thanks.

Also a note to possible future people looking for a solution here: I found that the Sansa is also unhappy with read-only files, so keep that in mind.
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Glad you got it sorted and you're welcome smile.gif
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