Have you edited the metadata on a FLAC file on Windows 10 recently, only for the file to suddenly become unplayable? If you have, don’t worry; not only has Microsoft fixed this nasty bug, but the Redmond company also provided a fix to get your lossless tunes back in working order.
Microsoft’s Fix for the Windows 10 FLAC Bug
If you head over to the Microsoft Support website, you’ll find details on what caused the bug and how to fix it. In short, when you edited a FLAC file’s metadata, Windows 10 didn’t take the file structure into account and saved it incorrectly. This rendered the file unplayable.
Microsoft says you should download the May 25, 2021, KB5003214 Preview build if you want to stop this problem from happening again. The update contains a fix for this issue, so you can get back to editing your FLAC file’s metadata to your heart’s content.
If you’ve already corrupted a few of your FLAC files, Microsoft published a Powershell command that will fix them again. Head over to the Microsoft Support website and follow the instructions on there to fix them.
Unfortunately, the fix will erase any edits you made to the metadata prior to the corruption. However, it should get the file back in working order again.
Getting Back to the FLAC in Windows 10
A nasty Windows 10 metadata bug caused corruption in FLAC files, but all is not lost. Not only has Microsoft published a fix, but it also gave everyone a Powershell command to help restore people’s music libraries to normal.
If you’d prefer to skip the hassle with FLAC files, why not try a streaming service instead? The concept of streaming your music over the internet may make your lip curl, but services like TIDAL work to give you the highest-quality audio experience possible.