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Libraries - Restore Default

How to Restore the Default Libraries in Windows 7 and Windows 7
Published by Brink
18 Nov 2008
Default Libraries - Restore Default

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


information   Information
In case you have a missing Library, this will show you how to restore all of the default Libraries in Windows 7.
Note   Note
Libraries let you access and arrange items from one or more folders quickly without moving them from their original location. Libraries themselves don't store your files or folders. Instead, they point to different locations on a hard disk or external drive attached to your computer. This gives you easy access to a category of files no matter where they are stored. For instance, if you have music files on your hard disk and on an external drive, you can access all of your music files from within the "Music" library.

Here's a list of the default libraries, as well as the folders you can access in each library:
  • Documents library -Use this library to access the Personal Documents folder, where you can store word-processing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and other text-related files. By default, files that you move, copy, or save to the Documents library are stored in the Personal Documents folder.
  • Pictures library - Use this library to access the Personal Pictures folder, where you can store digital pictures, whether you get them from your camera, scanner, or in e‑mail from other people. By default, files that you move, copy, or save to the Pictures library are stored in the Personal Pictures folder.
  • Music library - Use this library to access your Personal Music folder, where you can store digital music, such as songs that you copy from an audio CD or download from the Internet. By default, files that you move, copy, or save to the Music library are stored in the Personal Music folder.
  • Videos library - Use this library to access your Personal Videos folder, where you can store videos, such as clips from your digital camera or camcorder, or video files that you download from the Internet. By default, files that you move, copy, or save to the Videos library are stored in the Personal Videos folder.
For more information about Windows 7 Libraries see:
Tip   Tip
The full path to the hidden Libraries folder is below.

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

OR

%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries


EXAMPLE: Default Libraries
Libraries - Restore Default-default_libraries.jpg



OPTION ONE
To Restore Default Libraries using "Restore Default Libraries"
1. Open Windows Explorer.

2. Right click or press and hold on Libraries in the navigation pane, and click/tap on Restore Default Libraries. (see screenshot below)
Libraries - Restore Default-libraries.jpg



OPTION TWO
To Restore Default Libraries by Unhiding them


Note   Note
This option is only helpful if your library or libraries have been hidden.
1. For how, see: How to Fix Libraries when Hidden and Empty in Windows 7 and Windows 8



OPTION THREE
To Restore Default Libraries using a REG File


Note   Note
This option will restore the default registry entries for the default libraries of all users.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this option.

1. If OPTION ONE and OPTION TWO above didn't help, then click/tap on the download button below to download the below.
Restore_Default_Libraries.reg

download
2. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

3. Double click/tap on the .reg file to merge it.

4. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve merging the .reg file.

5. Restart the computer to apply.

6. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.
That's it,
Shawn













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05 Oct 2009   #1
DigDeep

Windows 7 SP1 x64 Ultimate
 
 

That does not hep to me either.

They look like this




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05 Oct 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello DigDeep,

Not sure what happened to your Libraries, but you might see if running a sfc /scannow command may be able to fix them.

If not, then you can create a new adminsitrator account, copy the contents of your old account's user folders into the corresponding new account's user folders. If everything checks out ok, then you can delete the old account from within the new one.

If all else fails, or you do not want to create another account, then you can do a repair install without losing anything.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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27 Oct 2009   #3
chappers5

Windows 7 Proffesional, xp pro, windows vista
 
 
Try this (worked for me)

Select all the default libraries, delete them then follow the original instructions from shawn. This method worked for me
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05 Nov 2009   #4
backd00r

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chappers5 View Post
Select all the default libraries, delete them then follow the original instructions from shawn. This method worked for me
I'll echo you chappers. this worked for me.
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28 Nov 2009   #5
EileenP

windows 7
 
 

..which original instructions from Shawn?
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28 Nov 2009   #6
Sope

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EileenP View Post
..which original instructions from Shawn?
Presumably means the ones contained in the original tutorial at the top of this page under "Here's How"
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03 Jan 2010   #7
VeLiKi

Win7
 
 

works. thanks!
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03 Jan 2010   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome VeLiKi.
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23 Jan 2010   #9
kazaam

XP Pro
 
 

I can't delete my four folders under Libraries. I can expand the Libraries folder on the left in the navigation pane to show videos, documents, photos and music, but when I click on Libraries itself nothing appears on the right hand side, it remains empty.

I have tried to delete these four folders exposed when expanding Libraries but none of them are budging
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