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Windows 7: Library/Directory


12 Jul 2012   #1

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Library/Directory

Hello. I'm not sure where to post this question.
I'm feeling kind of silly to ask this question, but after weeks of trying myself, I am frustrated...
I am so confused about Libraries and my Directory.
(If that is what it's called)
My desktop is not where it used to be and my downloads too. For some reason, it is in documents and pictures etc...when I try and drag it out and put it where it used to be, it won't go there. It wants to link to favorites. To access Desktop now I have to go into my pictures and it's making me nuts for 2 weeks now. I don't know what I did.
How do I get it back to how it was originally -between Favorites and Libraries???
Can someone tell me how to fix this mess please.


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12 Jul 2012   #2

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Elljay View Post
Hello. I'm not sure where to post this question.
I'm feeling kind of silly to ask this question, but after weeks of trying myself, I am frustrated...
I am rather new to PC land and I am so confused about Libraries and my Directory.
(If that is what it's called)
My desktop is not where it used to be and my downloads too. For some reason, it is in documents and pictures etc...when I try and drag it out and put it where it used to be, it won't go there. It wants to link to favorites. To access Desktop now I have to go into my pictures and it's making me nuts for 2 weeks now. I don't know what I did.
How do I get it back to how it was originally -between Favorites and Libraries???
Can someone tell me how to fix this mess please.
Please post screenshot
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12 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

This is one of those things where you need to be sat in front of the PC I think and very hard to explain without doing it for real having seen what the problem is first... if that makes sense.

If you click libraries in the tray at the bottom of the screen and pick a library (say documents) it will say in small print at the top "includes xx locations". Have a look there for any locations you might have added in mistake and delete if required. Do that for all the library folders.

I never normally suggest this but it might be worth trying a system restore to a date when you knew it all worked as you wanted if you get stuck,
System Restore - Windows 7 features - Microsoft Windows

When you save a download or file you are presented with a dropdown option of where you want the file to go so always make sure you select the right the destination.
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12 Jul 2012   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mooly View Post
This is one of those things where you need to be sat in front of the PC I think and very hard to explain without doing it for real having seen what the problem is first... if that makes sense.

If you click libraries in the tray at the bottom of the screen and pick a library (say documents) it will say in small print at the top "includes xx locations". Have a look there for any locations you might have added in mistake and delete if required. Do that for all the library folders.

I never normally suggest this but it might be worth trying a system restore to a date when you knew it all worked as you wanted if you get stuck,
System Restore - Windows 7 features - Microsoft Windows

When you save a download or file you are presented with a dropdown option of where you want the file to go so always make sure you select the right the destination.
System restore won't fix it! That only restore ddl, exe etc files and of course the registry. Not data files!
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12 Jul 2012   #5

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the folders you want are in your users folder ,this can be found by clicking the start menu button and clicking your username at the top right of the start menu.
you can drag those folders over to the favorites list on the left side of the open window.

a basic way to think of the libraries is that they are shortcuts to the root folders for your data, if for instance you had 3 external hardrives each with a music folder then you simply add these folders to the music folder in the library,by right clicking the library music folder then click add and then navigate to the location , then when you click the music folder in the library then you see all your music in one folder, the original root folders dont move the library just collates them as shortcuts, the same applies to documents pictures etc, you can also create a new category for your library.

there is a tutorial how to reset your user folders to the default locations,
here...
User Folders - Restore Default Location
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12 Jul 2012   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
the folders you want are in your users folder ,this can be found by clicking the start menu button and clicking your username at the top right of the start menu.
you can drag those folders over to the favorites list on the left side of the open window.

a basic way to think of the libraries is that they are shortcuts to the root folders for your data, if for instance you had 3 external hardrives each with a music folder then you simply add these folders to the music folder in the library,by right clicking the library music folder then click add and then navigate to the location , then when you click the music folder in the library then you see all your music in one folder, the original root folders dont move the library just collates them as shortcuts, the same applies to documents pictures etc, you can also create a new category for your library.

there is a tutorial how to reset your user folders to the default locations,
here...
User Folders - Restore Default Location
Hello boohbah.
Thanks so much for helping me. My libraries are back to normal.
I encountered another problem though...I tried Mooly's advise and tried to do a system restore, first -now I have an error 0x80040154 to try and fix.
Thanks again for your help. Elljay
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12 Jul 2012   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mooly View Post
This is one of those things where you need to be sat in front of the PC I think and very hard to explain without doing it for real having seen what the problem is first... if that makes sense.

If you click libraries in the tray at the bottom of the screen and pick a library (say documents) it will say in small print at the top "includes xx locations". Have a look there for any locations you might have added in mistake and delete if required. Do that for all the library folders.

I never normally suggest this but it might be worth trying a system restore to a date when you knew it all worked as you wanted if you get stuck,
System Restore - Windows 7 features - Microsoft Windows

When you save a download or file you are presented with a dropdown option of where you want the file to go so always make sure you select the right the destination.
Hello Mooly.
Thanks for trying to help.I did a system restore, but now I have an error 0x80040154 message to try and fix. Learning Geek...one day at a time.
Cheers Elljay
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12 Jul 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Did you google the error message ?
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12 Jul 2012   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Did you google the error message ?
Hello. Yes I did 'google' the error message-before I asked the question.
I'm a novice at using a computer and things seem overwhelming at times.
Especially all the terminology.How I ended it up with this error message -I tried
Mooly's suggestion to fix my libraries -try system restore to set my libraries back to their default locations. Now I am here.
Cheers elljay
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12 Jul 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

And what did you find out about the error message ?

http://www.google.com/#hl=en&gs_nf=1...w=1920&bih=936
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