How to stop Traktor from editing ID3 tags

A few days ago I was trying a demo version of Traktor Pro. When playing some tracks I discovered the ID3 tags were missing when viewing the files in Windows Explorer. According to this topic Traktor changes the ID3 tags from version 2.3 to version 2.4 which can’t be read by Windows 7, so it’s not really a bug but rather annoying. In this post I’ll describe how to run Traktor as a different user in Windows 7 so it has no permissions to modify files any more. This solution is mentioned in this topic.

The first thing to do is create a new user. Go to Start and click with the right mouse button on Computer and choose Manage from the submenu. In the left column choose Local Users and Groups and open the Users folder. Now create a new user (Action > New User or right mouse button > New User):

Click Create and close the window. The next thing to do is change the permission of your music folder:

  1. Open Properties of your music folder
  2. Open the Security tab and press the Edit button
  3. In the Permissions window, choose Add
  4. Enter the name of your Traktor user and press OK
  5. Make sure the Traktor user is selected and in the permissions list check Deny for the Write permission

The final step is running Traktor as the newly created user. To do so go to Start and navigate to the Traktor shortcut. Now hold Shift and right click on the shortcut. Choose Run as different user and enter the Trakor user credentials. Since you start Traktor using a different user you need to reconfigure the application, but Traktor has no permission to modify your files any more.

4 thoughts on “How to stop Traktor from editing ID3 tags

  1. Hartstikke bedankt, marthijn!

    This was driving me crazy!

    I will let you know if it does not work, but I am sure this will finally take away that $#@#$#@!! feature that has caused me hours of re-working.



  2. This is very good. Traktor was driving me crazy because it deleted custom tag fields I added with MediaMonkey and by this destroyed several playlists.
    Traktor startup with another user is faster once you create a text file and put the following line in:
    runas /noprofile /user:Traktor “Traktor.exe”
    Save this file as “Traktor.bat” in your traktor directory and create a link to it. For this, you need to have a password for the Traktor user.

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