Great music playlists take a long time to curate, and when you change computers, you don’t want your playlists getting left behind (or maybe you just want to share your work with a friend). If you’ve got playlists in Windows Media Player, here’s how to transfer them to a different computer.

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Note: Transferring a playlist does not copy the files associated with it, just the link to where those files are stored. To play a playlist on a different computer, you’ll need to have the same music files stored in the same path.

Because a playlist is an XML file that contains the locations of all the songs in it, exporting one to another computer is easy. You can copy them to an external drive or even zip them up and email them. The trick is knowing where to find them.

Open up Windows Media Player and click on “Playlists” to display all your playlists.

Next, right-click on the playlist you want to transfer and then click the “Open File Location” command.

If you prefer to navigate there in File Explorer, the files are stored in the following location (replacing  Your_Username with the name of your user account):


From that folder, you can transfer playlists however you want. Copy and paste (or drag and drop) them to an external drive, zip them up and send them via email, or upload them to cloud storage.

However you get them to the other computer, you’ll then need to copy the files into the same folder (C:\Users\Your_Username\Music Playlists there.

The next time you open Windows Media Player, the playlist will be there with a list of all the song contained in it.

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