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Duplicate Library Folder

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    Duplicate Library Folder


    Hello all,

    On my full version Windows 8 laptop, I have recently run into an error.



    As you can see, for some reason I have 2 library folders.

    If I delete one, nothing happens for ~6 seconds, and then both of them are deleted.

    If I edit the content of one, it edits the other.

    If I hit restore default libraries, it remains the same!

    If I try to make a new library and rename it to Music, it does what it is supposed to. However, a couple of seconds later, another Music folder pops up!

    Also, for some reason, the Documents library is no longer there, and I can't seem to restore the original one in any way.

    Does anyone know how to fix this?

    P.S. The reason I want the original folders back is so I can use IconPackager to apply custom icons to them and their contents.

    Cheers,
    BigW

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    Somehow it thinks that one of the Music folders is the default Document folders since if I create a new library called "Documents" it does not become default. Also, if I delete one of the Music libraries, the other one gets deleted as well.
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    Hello BigW,

    Could you post screenshots of what you have in the folder below, and of the properties pages for both Music libraries at this location? You could just copy and paste the path below in Run (Windows+R), and press Enter.

    %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries
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    %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries screenshot

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    Music library 1properties screenshot

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    Music library 2 properties screenshot

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    Are you able to delete one the Music libraries in this %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries location without both of them being deleted?

    If not, then try deleting both at this location, and then use the restore option again to see if that may work.

    Libraries - Restore Default - Windows 7 Forums
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  6. #6


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Are you able to delete one the Music libraries in this %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries location without both of them being deleted?
    No. :/

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    If not, then try deleting both at this location, and then use the restore option again to see if that may work.
    Libraries - Restore Default - Windows 7 Forums[/QUOTE]

    When I hit restore default libraries, both of the music libraries reappeared.

    Also, I was messing around with Start8, and when I hit the Documents button on the Start8 Start Menu, it opened up the Music library folder, leading me to believe that somehow the Documents library has turned into a Music library!
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    Ok. If you like, let's give this a try to see if this can restore them for you.

    1. Go to the %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries location.
    2. Delete the Music libraries.
    3. Download the libraries.zip file I attached below, and save it to your desktop. It contains a clean copy of them from my system.
    4. Open the ZIP, and extract (drag and drop) the Music and Documents libraries inside to your desktop.
    5. Unblock the Music and Documents libraries.
    6. Move the Music and Documents libraries into the %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries folder.
    Duplicate Library Folder Attached Files
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    Hey, thanks!
    But it won't let me move into the libraries section. ;/ I can copy it but it won't let me paste it.\

    EDIT: After editing the library to contain the correct folders, I was able to paste them into libraries. Documents pasted fine, but when I tried to paste the music library in, two music folders appeared! :O

    EDIT2: After some tinkering with copying/pasting/restoring, I was able to delete the double music folders and paste yours in without it duplicating! Yay!

    EDIT3: However, when I click Restore Default libraries, the duplicate music folders reappear. The good news is that your music library doesn't dissapear, so there are THREE music libraries in there, but I can just deleted the duplicates.
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    Odd. Did you follow the steps exactly?

    What happens when you try to paste them?
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  10. #10


    See the edits I got it to work! However, the computer doesn't consider Documents and Music as the "default libraries," which is weird, but I can live with it. Thanks!
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