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Windows 7: Libraries - Restore Default

18 Nov 2008   #39
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Libraries - Restore Default

How to Restore the Default Libraries in Windows 7 and Windows 8


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17 Jun 2011   #40
dawntodusk

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I updated, but it didn't seem to work. In fact now my music and pictures libraries are also hidden.
Libraries - Restore Default-hide-icons-new.jpgLibraries - Restore Default-show-icons-new.jpg

And I tried out the command prompt again.
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I have no idea why my computer is so strange, and I'm so sorry that I have to keep asking for help, so thanks a lot.



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17 Jun 2011   #41
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Dawn,

Aa a test, create a new administrator account to see if the library folders are hidden in it as well when you are logged in it. If not, then you might consider copying what you want from the old account's user folders into the new account's user folders. Plus, copy any shortcuts from the Start Menu not already in the new account's Start Menu. After everything checks out, you could delete the old user account.
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18 Jun 2011   #42
dawntodusk

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I think I'll do it in a few weeks, because I won't be around for a while. I'll post what happens then.
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18 Jun 2011   #43
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Ok.
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03 Jul 2011   #44
aveceux

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello Brink,
Thank you very much for this useful tutorial. I successfully unhid my libraries using the command promt. However, my libraries is still looking like this after I clicked on restore default libraries.
Libraries - Restore Default-libraries.png
Could you please give me some advice on how to completely restore my libraries to its default view?
Thank you!


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03 Jul 2011   #45
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Aveceux,

I'm not sure what you mean. That is the default view for libraries. Could you be more specific on what is missing or what you wanted to see instead.
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04 Jul 2011   #46
aveceux

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I am really sorry, Brink. I should have been more specific.
My libraries used to look like this.

But after I unhid it, it is now looking like the pictrure I attached on #44.
Could you see the difference?
I think they are both tiles view but the size and the position of those icons are just different.
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04 Jul 2011   #47
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Aveceux,

I notice the expansion arrows missing on the left side of them, but if you hover over Libraries in the navigation pane while it's selected, they should reappear.
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11 Dec 2012   #48
Malydee

Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 
Libraries

Following a recent crash and despite lots of help from yourselves, I eventually installed a new HDD and have clean re-installed Windows 7 which works OK.
I now have the old HDD in a caddy and have successfully transferred most files.
I have taken ownership of the existing files but have not been able to find the libraries with all my music & photos.
Can you advise on how I can retrieve these?
Thanks
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11 Dec 2012   #49
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Malydee,

The libraries should be in the hidden folder below.

C:\Users\(User-Name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries

OR

%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries
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