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Windows 7: Libraries - Restore Default

23 Jan 2010   #10

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Kazamm,

If you wanted to remove Libraries completely from the navigation pane, then the tutorial below can help show you how to.

Libraries Folder - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane

Hope this helps,

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29 Aug 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate

Just a quick note on this - I have an issue where I thought that my Libraries were missing, and the first two steps above did not fix the problem. I was about to perform the repair install, when I discovered the the libraries weren't actually missing. They were just hidden!

If you are having this specific issue, you can delete the (hidden) libraries, THEN restore the default libraries. It worked for me.
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29 Aug 2010   #12

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Thank you Brycesenz. I have added this to the tutorial so that is can others with the same issue.
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03 Oct 2010   #13

W7 Professional x64

Thanks for the tutorial! This was really bugging me. And thanks to brycesenz for the trick that did it.
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04 Oct 2010   #14

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome Patrick, and indeed thank you to Bryce.
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16 Nov 2010   #15

Win 7 x64 Ent.
A fix that worked for me when nothing above did

I appeared to have a little glitch. Could have been caused by all my fussing around trying to get the Media Center to properly get folders added (still working on that). Suddenly, my libraries had nothing in them and no access to them.

I navigated to the folder where the libraries are held:


For each library listed:

Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups

1) right click on it and select properties
2) go to security tab and see if your user name is listed in the top window (mine was NOT)
3) Click the Edit button
4) Click the Add button
5) In the object names box, enter your user name and then click Check Names, click OK once found and validated
6) Click on your name in the top list of Group or user names
7) Select in the Permissions window the "Full Control" option, then Apply

Repeat for each folder.

This worked for me where nothing else above did.
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28 Apr 2011   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
This doesn't work for me...

I've gotton a virus that I was able to delete, but it deleted almost 9,000 songs out of Windows Media Player, and the folders. I have to start over and rebuild my library. I want to put my songs back in the Music Library, but the defaults do not show, and I cannot restore them. What can I do?
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28 Apr 2011   #17

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello TubularBell, and welcome to Seven Forums.

First, double check to make sure that you are virus and malware free.

You might see if using either Previous Versions, or the free programs Recuva and ShadowExplorer may be able to recover any of your deleted songs.

Next, see if running a sfc /scannow command may be able to allow you to use this tutorial to restore your default libraries afterwards.

If not, then it may be easier to create a new administrator account to use instead, and just copy over anything that you want from the old account into it.

Hope this helps,
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28 Apr 2011   #18

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Now here's my problem

I was able to recover the music I lost by restoring media player to an earlier date. NOW, media player will not stop updating media library. When I close out of media player and reopen it, it starts updating again, and will freeze up. I have read instructions about going to Tools, options, library and unchecking retrieve additional information from the internet. Doesn't help.
I tried to use the code entered into search at the start menu for clearing out media player and letting the system rebuild it, but my computer says the code isn't found. When Media Player updates, it freezes media player, and I get 'not responding'. It's frustrating. I tried Itunes, but I HATE it already.
I think I'm screwed. I don't know what else to do to make media player run the way it did.
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28 Apr 2011   #19

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

I'm afraid I don't know what to suggest about Media Player, but you might post this separate issue in a new thread to see if it may get a solution posted to it quicker.
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