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Windows 7: Libraries Folder - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane

08 Dec 2010   #40
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Keks,

Try deleting the library entries that you want to delete in the desktop.ini file and save it, then delete the libraries themselves in that "C:\Users\David\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries" folder.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Dec 2010   #41
keks

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I removed the entries from the desktop.ini file, saved it and deleted the default libraries as you told me - but they reappeard, unfortunately. I am starting to think that it might be impossible to get rid of them...

What about the registry? Perhaps removing some entries there could have the desired effect.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Dec 2010   #42
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hmm, might be something with your user profile.

As a test, create a new administrator account and see how deleting them works in that user account.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Dec 2010   #43
keks

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

It was worth a shot - but as it turns out my user profile is not to blame. I created a new administrator account and tested it but it did not make any difference - the default libraries returned on that test account as well...

Edit: I am not really familiar with the relationship between the registry and the Windows Explorer/shell/etc. but I was searching the registry for the CLSID ({c51b83e5-9edd-4250-b45a-da672ee3c70e}) of the libraries which I got from this list here (CLSID Key List for Windows 7) and noticed the "restorelibraries" entry. I am aware of the fact that it is possible to restore the default libraries just like restoring many other standard settings, but it seems to me that this restore-command is somehow executed automatically. Maybe preventing that is the right approach here?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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08 Dec 2010   #44
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I wouldn't recommend to delete the CLSID key.

I must admit that I'm not sure why they will not stay deleted for you and they do for me unless you have something set to save directly into these libraries.

It may be worth a try to run the sfc /scannow command.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Dec 2010   #45
keks

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

"Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations."
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Dec 2010   #46
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Other than reinstalling Windows 7, I'm not sure what else to suggest.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Dec 2010   #47
keks

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Ironically I did a clean re-install of Windows only a few days ago.

But I think this issue is not really such a big problem - so I will have a look into the registry (but I will not delete any CLSID; I also have a backup).

If I find the reason for this odd behavior, I will post it here, of course. Thank you for your help. I will probably visit this site regularly from now on.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Dec 2010   #48
keks

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Well, I have to admit that it was pretty stupid not to think of that earlier:

I simply used the default libraries now (renamed them + chose my own locations) which seems to work so far. After that I removed the redundant libraries so that no room is wasted in the navigation pane now...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Dec 2010   #49
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That's great news Keks. Thank you for posting back with your solution.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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