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    Default Hate the Libraries: How to disable the Libraries feature

    Do you thing the Libraries are a waste of time and space, or just confusing to you. If you do not use the Library feature and wish to disable it read on.

    "I would also recommend removing Libraries from your system if you do not actively use it.
    I have libraries disabled and have not run into this behavior, ...yet.

    The rational for this being that, supposedly, libraries too are needing to maintain their respective directory hard links, maybe competing with explorer's ability to refresh."

    Thanks to Clint in another Forum for this tip. Works in Win 7 and Win 8 RP.

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    Default Re: Hate the Libraries: How to disable the Libraries feature

    Hi Ted, thanks for sharing.

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    Default Re: Hate the Libraries: How to disable the Libraries feature

    Some people like the libraries, and if so, leave them alone. Some people hate the libraries. This method helps them as well. I am testing my Win 8 RP with the libraries disabled to see how well this works. I'll post back when I can.

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    Default Re: Hate the Libraries: How to disable the Libraries feature

    Update: After using this change for a while I found that IE and LastPass were acting strangely. I am not sure how or why this would happen, but it did. So I reverted back to using the Libraries, reinstalled LastPass. So far so good. Use this change at your own risk. It may have some untoward side affects.

    note: a second side affect, I could not change the picture password, weird. Ability came back once I put libraries back to normal.
    Last edited by Medico; 06-26-2012 at 03:34 PM.

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    Default Re: Hate the Libraries: How to disable the Libraries feature

    Quote Originally Posted by admin View Post
    Hi Ted, thanks for sharing.
    Only a true idiot would risk saving anything important to a library on the C: Drive. When Windows becomes corrupted (and it will; any version) everything not backed up on another HDD or CD/DVD, is LOST!

    If it's going to be needed anytime in the next 20 years, always back it up to another drive -TODAY!

    I almost lost everything I had in my self-created "work folder" on the F: drive after "adding it to my library." After not being able to find a document I absolutely knew was "there," I discovered (after "Adding it to my library) that Windows had merely created another folder under "My Documents" called "Work Folder" on my C: Drive.

    Microsoft, we don't need "Libraries" by default. Let those who want them, deliberately choose to use them.

    Had Windows decided to take a memory dump, everything in the library under "My Documents" called "Work Folder" on my C: Drive would have been irretrievably lost! That kind of hand-holding on your part and my totally unjustified blind trust in your program could have cost me and my clients dearly.

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    Default Re: Hate the Libraries: How to disable the Libraries feature

    Libraries for 8.1 = documents> view> navigation pane>enable libraries or not.

    I must add that this is not a place to secure your valuables. I would have a couple of flash drives which are identical so the odds of 3 places failing are nil.

    But, I would prefer to have my system and docs backed up to a couple of external drives. The Cloud is not for me but some like it. At least, backup, back up!!

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    Default Re: Hate the Libraries: How to disable the Libraries feature

    Quote Originally Posted by Peterr2 View Post
    Libraries for 8.1 = documents> view> The Cloud is not for me but some like it. At least, backup, back up!!
    Cloud is not actually solely for back up. It's mostly for instant access anywhere. But with a $500 (or at least $350 for lower models with 2-1TB hard drives) investment, you can create your own 2-in-1 cloud and backup setup at home. I put up a Qnap NAS that can be accessed anywhere. the back-up part? It runs on 2 hard drives in RAID 1 mode.

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    "Cloud is not actually solely for back up."

    That's for sure. I make the most of Drive and OneDrive but have dropped Dropbox.

    My system is imaged with Macrium and I use one 1 TB external drive and one 2TB drive. Both pcs are on each drive so if one goes the other is available.
    These are WD and I removed the smart ware from each.

    Sounds like you have the max and are in a bigger league than I play in. Hopefully some of my suggestions are something novices can relate to.

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