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Windows 7: Libraries

29 Sep 2011   #1
Powell41

Windows Home Premium, 64 4.096 bit
 
 
Libraries

Good Evening Folks:

I trust everything is good with you all in the forums world.

Firstly let me say that I find Windows 7 suffers from the same disease that Apple's O/S, Noton AV, Nero's burning app, and a host of other programsw suffer from: they believe that your computer is actually theirs and they will force you to run through all their bells and whistles to complete what should be, and once was, a simple task.

A case in point is this stupid Libraries function. I still have no idea what it does or why it is there. I just recently snipped two maps that I can use for a project on which I am working. When I clicked Save As the destination bar attempted to route the snip to Libraries > Pictures. I changed the destination to Documents and saved the snip. Lo and behold it did not show up in Documents, but in Pictures.

I am at the point where I called Dell to find out if I could run Vista on this new machine and was told no, so I may have to go back to my old computer. I want my directories set up as per the Vista system: one for Documents; one for pictures; one for videos; etc. I don't want Lbraries, I can go draw a book from one in town if I need it. I don't want Windows Live anything. I want a machine that operates simply as a tool allowing me to use a word processor, allowing me to access the internet, and allowing me to send and receive e-mail. Nothing more.

If anyone has any solutions as to how I can get Windows 7 to operate the way I want it to, I will be most appreciative.

Regards
Powell Lucas

P.S. Is there any way I can set up Spell Check on this site. It used to work in Vista.


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29 Sep 2011   #2
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

spell check is a built in feature of firefox.
Is it possible you were using ff before and are not now?

As for the libraries issue. I have no problem saving files where ever I point too. I do not know why you are experiencing this problem.
I can only assume your av is interfering with the save process somehow.

Don't use nero, it's total bloatware.
here's a 5 megabyte program that will handle almost all standard burning tasks for you.
CDBurnerXP: Free CD and DVD burning software
despite its name it supports dvd features as well as vista and windows 7.

If converting video is a issue for you I can name at least 4 programs that are both free and without bloatware for that purpose as well.
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29 Sep 2011   #3
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

First for your PS regarding Spell check... you need to go to advanced when you post or reply to a post to use it. And you also will need to download iSpell...

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As for your complaint regarding Libraries... they are actually a very cool feature once you learn them. I am baffled as to why when you saved a snip and pointed the save to documents that it showed up in pictures... I tried it with the above image and it remained in documents where I told it to save.

More info on Libraries:
Windows 7 Libraries - Organize and Find Files, Folders | TechNet
Inside Windows 7:Introducing Libraries
Get to Know Windows 7 Libraries Inside and Out


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29 Sep 2011   #4
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Back to OP.
Powell41 open up any library, near the top of the window it will have, say,
Documents Library
2 Locations

If you click the Locations you will see the folder in that particular one. If in the above example there are some folder you don't want/need in Documents you can delete them. This DOES NOT delete the folder, only the library junction point to it. I have mine set to include 1 Location in each default library, i.e, Pictures has only My Pictures. This makes them function as if you're opening the actual folder.
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29 Sep 2011   #5
Powell41

Windows Home Premium, 64 4.096 bit
 
 

Darryl: Thanks for your reply.

I too ran Nero for about three years when I was using Windows XP and had no problems. My issues arose when I switched to Vista. Nero notified me that they had a new version that was compatible with Vista and for $35.00 I could download it. I did so, three times, and each time it immediately changed every icon on my computer to the Nero logo. This wa strike one, but I lived with it. The program never did run correctly and after a couple of monthe Nero then informed me that they had another updated version that was totally, absolutely compatible with Vista and for another $65.00 I could download it. That was strike two. Fool me once shame on you; fool me twice shame on me.
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29 Sep 2011   #6
Powell41

Windows Home Premium, 64 4.096 bit
 
 

Hello Maguscreed:

Thanks for the replt re Firefox. That answers my question.

Regards
Powell Lucas
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29 Sep 2011   #7
Powell41

Windows Home Premium, 64 4.096 bit
 
 

To all those who replied:

My concern is not about burning systems. I have two installed on my computer and they work just fine. My problem is with Libraries. I have had other replies to previous posts telling me how much I will like Windows 7 once I get the hang of it. I'm really not interested in getting the hang of it. I want it set up exactly like Vist with a simple list of Directories that I can open, modify, or delete files with a click of the button. I don't want my files left in their old location...that's why I move them. I have tried to get the directories to show up by clicking on default and I get nothing. When I click Libraries I get nothing. It sucks. It used to be a very simple process. Now it will require hours of reading just to get it to work. Who needs it!!

Regards
Powell Lucas
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29 Sep 2011   #8
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Well it's like getting a new car, all the knobs and stuff are in a different place than the old car. If you're not willing to learn the new one....I said how to configure Libraries. It is a computer, it needs input.
I'm sure if you bought a Vista disk you would be able to install it.
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29 Sep 2011   #9
Powell41

Windows Home Premium, 64 4.096 bit
 
 

Britton 30:

Thanks for the reply and you may be correct. I do have a Vista disk and, in spite of what Dell says, I think I'll give it a try as soon as I finish this reply.

Regards
Powell Lucas
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30 Sep 2011   #10
pincushion

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

MS doesn't seem to have dealt with the issue of those of us who want to run our systems as we want to. Like yourself I don't use Libraries other than the real sort and you'll find ways to eliminate them from Explorer and dialogues if you peruse the Tutorials on this site - sorry I'm too lazy to find them for you. I have never used My documents and other such pointers (long-time XP user) and have always created my own data space, finding it easier to back-up and I always know where the actual data resides.

Apart from that I quite like Windows 7 even if I have to emasculate it to have it run as I want it to. Nice to know that Norton NIS seems to keep me safe from all the nasties even if that too has to be tamed.

I put it down to aiming for the lowest common denominater and would have switched to Linux ages ago if I thought it had as much to offer as most MS systems do which unfortunately I don't believe is the case.



ps I didn't initially like IE 9 but I don't mind it at all now even if I tend to use other browsers for much of the time.
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