Nothing is basic when it comes to metadata. Is that year written, year first published? To be fair to Microsoft, the metadata for music has always been a mess and the existing protocols are not very good. They are kind of like a hack into the original mp3 specs, and have very small limits before they render the mp3 unplayable in some players.
In any case, you apparently know how to do it from Windows Explorer, and can "open containing folder" from WMP to get there quickly, it sucks but works.