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Windows 7: Zune software + Windows 7 = ugh!

25 Aug 2010   #1

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Zune software + Windows 7 = ugh!

I loved the Zune software in Vista, I had complete control over my media with no surprises. But now that I've upgraded to Win7, it controls what media is added to my Zune library

Example, in Vista, if I decided I didn't want the Zune software to watch a folder for videos/photos, etc., I didn't have to pick one and it wasn't an issue. Now, there has to be a folder selected for each library category and it's Windows 7 that dictates that. Yeah, I can change the default location of said Windows 7 libraries to ensure no content of that particular category shows up but why do I have to go through the hassle of doing so? Why is it necessary for the software to be forced to watch a folder for each media category?

Now, should I ever decided to actually use the libraries feature in Win7 it seems like i'm going to be stuck having my library in the Zune software identical to the library of my Windows 7 media..........unless the Libraries feature can be disabled in Windows 7 maybe then I can regain control of my Zune library

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25 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64

As you've found, if you remove all of the libraries from Settings and set a folder NOT in a library as your save location, it should work as Vista did (it's working fine on my own Win7 PC, but that's what I had to do to get it to work that way). I think that has to do with the new explorer interface and how Zune uses the APIs, but that's just an educated guess (given that the behavior changes on XP vs Vista vs Win7, it seems the shell has something to do with it or WMP does, one or the other).

I've since gotten used to (and liking) libraries, but that's more a personal preference.
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25 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium

I guess like most everyone else, I don't like change, especially when it's seemingly unnecessary and unexpected. But I guess I have no choice but to adapt and figure out a better way of managing my media to avoid these type of hassles. That's what I get for upgrading, huh?
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