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Disable Libraries in windows 7


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#1 alanQuin

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 03:30 PM

Hello,

 

I disabled libraries in windows 7 and i had important excel files on my desktop

and since i disabled the library i can't find them anywhere.

 

Where does windows place your files when you disable this function?

 

 



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#2 sikntired

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 03:47 PM

Very Informative: http://www.mydigitallife.info/how-to-disable-and-remove-libraries-from-windows-7-explorer/

Hope this is what you are looking for.

Good Luck

Edited by sikntired, 10 December 2013 - 03:48 PM.


#3 alanQuin

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 04:07 PM

sikntired,

 

Thanks for the link.

I have already disabled the libraries.

What i was asking is when you do disable this feature where do your files go?



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 07:08 PM

Please read the entire article



This is just an excerpt:

Actually, Libraries which is tightly integrated with Windows 7 shell is not completely removed and totally disabled. After the registry hack, Windows Explorer navigation pane will not have trace of Libraries shortcut anymore, but Libraries are still been used and accessed when user clicks on Documents, Pictures, Music or Videos links at Start Menu. However, Libraries will not be seen when Windows Explorer is started up, and default folder will be directed to My Documents instead.

Did you modify the Registry in disabling or did you use a utility?

You could do System Restore prior to the disabling event and see if that resolves the situation.


Good Luck

Edited by sikntired, 10 December 2013 - 07:24 PM.


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 08:16 AM

The reality is that libraries are nothing but convenient conglomerations of files...libraries do not reflect the location of the files themselves.

 

If you use Explorer view or a search engine like Everything...you will see the file paths to the actual files summarized in Libraries.  The file path reflects the true location of the files summarized via Libraries.

 

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