How to Disable Windows 7 Libraries

There is one new feature included in the Windows 7 operating system that I found rather interesting.  Windows 7 has a feature that essentially lets you add a media player library sort of to the Windows Explore function. What this does is basically allow you to add as many folders as you want in a particular library as you see fit.

Can’t Locate Your Libraries

But despite the fact that it is a new and exiting feature, sometimes this folder may disappear, not because the system has lost them, but because of some reason or the other, you have forgotten the folders you put them in. As such, most people think of disabling the feature as the first move towards preventing the confusion and heartache that come with trying to locate the created files and folders. Personally, I sought to disable the feature after I could not locate some music folder with most of my favorite songs I had created in a different library. In that regard, I want to share with you the steps for disabling the feature if you are having trouble using it.

Whereas it provides a convenience in usage, its removal may be necessary sometimes.  In your Windows 7 operating system, the Windows 7 Explorer has the Libraries folder on the navigation panel and it has four different default libraries. The default libraries as you will notice are the Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos folders. The default folders however allow you to create more folders in them if you want for the particular items designated for storage in them. But you can create any other folders as well, it is your choice. That aside however, if you prefer managing your files using the normal windows folders, here is what you have to do to turn off or disable the Libraries feature.

Disabling the Feature

To disable the Libraries feature, there are various software downloads that you can make for that purpose. Most of them are open source, small sized applications that perform the task at no hassle, relatively easy and fast. For instance, you could search online for Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00, remove-libraries.reg or any other suitable programs for the same.  Simply download the registry file and use it to remove the libraries. However, be careful to establish which registry files are going to be affected so you can back up the necessary files if need be.

Copy and Paste Information Usage

Some sites will offer the registry information you need to use and all you have to do is simply copy and paste the information into notepad or any other text editor. After copying the registry codes you need to remove the libraries feature, just save them on your desktop or any other place with a .reg extension for instance you could save them as remove-libraries.reg. After saving the file, simply go to the saved file and double click on it to run the registry file and remove the libraries feature. Once the registry file has been run on your computer, you need to restart your machine to effect the changes you just made.

Once you restart your PC the libraries feature will be as good as gone.

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