Use at your own risk... Windows systems only.
My O/S: Windows 7 x 64Bit. BUT this technique will also work on Vista, XP & Win7 32 or 64...
FIRST, Follow the instructions elsewhere in this thread to View Hidden/System files/folders.
SECOND: Bring up your Music Folder and its contents in the Windows Explorer Window and, then Click once in the Explorer address bar.
MAKE SURE you copy your Music Files location (e.g. c:\users\username\music\) to the Clipboard with either CTRL-C or Right-Click "Copy"....
THEN Bring up a DOS prompt/Command Shell/Black Box by going:
2) All Programs
3) Accessories and,
4) Right Click "Command Prompt" and,
5) Run as Administrator
OR, If you can't get to the above then:
a) Hold down your "Windows KEY" (left of your Spacebar) and,
b) Tap the letter "R". Let 'em both go.
c) Type "cmd" in the "Run" box/dialog and then,
You should now see the "Black Hole/Command Prompt" on your monitor!
6) Type CD\
7) Tap your "Enter" or "Return" Key
8) Type CD followed by a Space and
9) Go to the very top left of your black box..
10) Click the li'l black icon and
11) Edit Paste - as in pic. following:
12) Tap your "Enter" or "Return" key...
Your "Prompt" should now read "C:\>c:\users\yourname\music" - or somesuch...
13) attrib -r -h -s *.jpg /s
14) Tap "Enter" and then...
15) Type this: del *.jpg /s
16) Tap "Enter" and now, to remove the black hole:
17) Type: exit
That should have nuked all your .jpg's and will let Winamp reconstruct 'em all from scratch.....
p.s. in step 12 above, if you type:
13b) attrib -h -s -r *.* /s
15b) Type: exit
16b) Tap "Enter"
Then this will remove all of the "read-only" attributes on all your music files and MIGHT get rid of some of those mysterious hangs and freezes that happen from time to time - like when using the "auto-tag" feature and the like!
- Thanks for bothering to read. A rare commodity these days!