Windows 7 Feature Focus: Libraries



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Windows 7 is the first Windows version to bring libraries to the Windows Explorer. With the right tool, you can easily burn mp4 to dvd and itunes to dvd. mp4 to dvd



The symbolic link trick is a clever (but painful) work-around, but there are a couple of draw-backs
with it.  I have written a tool to do the job properly - and it provides
some additional features like backup/restore of library sets. You can
download it for free (+ WPF source) here:



Here, allow me to make an ass of myself by sh*t-talking something I haven't yet tried and don't know too much about(since I didn't even bother to read the whole article). I am quite gifted at confusing idiotic ramblings with an informed opinion!

Oh wait, I see some of you have already taken care of this for me. Never mind, carry on.



I have been wrestling with this also because I have a server in my house, and all my photos and music are there.  Also, it's convenient because it gives me one point of backup.  So, naturally I want the Photos and Music libraries in Windows 7 to include that network location.  One problem.  I have about 25GB of photos, and my iTunes library is about 65GB.  So OfflineFiles is a little unwieldy.  It makes the computers take FOREVER to login, because Windows syncs those files on login.  Now, since one of my computers is a laptop, I actually *LIKE* having an offline cache of my photos and music, even though some would consider that a waste of hard drive space. At the moment I'm playing around with LiveMesh to sync between the PCs and so far it seems to work well, without the login delay.  I recommend trying it.  You can use it to keep local folders in sync between PCs, without the need for the funky Symbolic Links to add them to a library, because... well, they're local.  One tip on this: LiveMesh will also sync online, but they only give you 5GB of space.  So if you want to sync more then that, you can tell the LiveMesh client to not sync to the online space, and then you will have unlimited capacity for syncing peer to peer.





Here again we have more MS bottomline BS... why use a shortcut and keep track of where you put things....let Windows do it for you for ONLY $350.  Same BS different day....take something that works flawlessy, make it un-neededly complex and then charge money for it.  Sure, I guess if you happen to be an idiot...maybe libraries will be a good thing.

I know I only SEEM to accuse MS of this, but in fact most software devs do this...take Norton Ghost....Symantec takes a very simple to use product aka NG 2003 adds so many un needed kitchen sink options...that the product becomes....usless.  At least they have seen the light when it comes to their latest AV product.

I don't dilike MS...rather I love Windows..that is WHY I post...hoping that sooner or later MS will read one of these...and get their act together.

Silly me..I just make a folder called Music...and guess what....I put all my Music there.  As for sharing, didn't we learn in  the 60's what TOO much sharing can bring...guess not!

LOL...explaining how MS has improved on the simple "make a music folder concept" takes ONLY 4 pages...LOL


Take an OS, and edit out all the efficiency, and what you have left is a post-XP Microsoft operating system :)



a general userbase will love libraries because they are usually messier and more disorganized with their file structureing. libraries will allow the to palce their approriate files in these libraries and have all their files in one place as opposed to uing shortcuts everywhere or actually taking the time to create a structured, clean file system.

 i am extemely organized with my files and it libraries isnt exactly a must for me, but it will come in handy once i build my bome media network and have to share media through out the house, (tvs, stereos, computers, laptops, etc)

and c'mon now, at least be fair if your gona go on an attack spree. libraries is a basic function across all win 7 versions and if you were to pay for ultimate, a high price doesn't just get you libraries.

 and this guide is 4 pages simply because like many things in life, there is more than one way to do something and they are simply sharing those. i cant tell you how to use libraries in a few sentences but you may not like my way, so ergo, heres 4 pages that talk about various ways to take advantage of them.



sorry buy you sire are a cant afford win7 fine stay with xp but dont flame abou thing you will never understand!!!!

Liberies is great for whene you have many hdds(as alot of user have) and need to have a location where u can accses all your files from all you hdds....

now good freind do you home work before spamming shit like that!



I have just been making my own folders where I need them. If I need to access them quickly I put a short cut on the desktop.



I am making the hop from XP to W7, and I wish I had this for the entire duration I was using XP. Bah! The guy below me is a hater :p Also, you can have the favorites show which folder each part comes from, at least that is what I have discovered when doing this. Nothing a trip to the trash can won't fix anyway. "Epic" problem solved *rolls eyes*



unless you already REALLY deleted it...
And hey...I like 7.  I just think it's silly this is getting so much press, when this kind of thing been so easy on every other os for years.
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I've been doing the same basic thing in linux since I started using it 5 years ago...and all from the gui (gnome's nautilus).  Symnlinks are MASSIVELY powerful and productive...sad that you have to drop to the command line to use a feature which any linux user takes for granted.  Of course, you could say the same thing about some linux features, but windows is supposed to be user friendly...

Libraries seem harder to manage and set up than just symnlinking respective folders from other sources into a container dirrectory, which accomplishes nearly what libraries do...and if you really wanted the exact same thing, symlinking the remote files from a simple bash script would work just fine.

I also see the possibly of accidentally deleting a file from the wrong source when using libraries.  It's not readily apparent where the source of a particular file is per say while using libraries.  I can see how one could easily delete a file from his library, thinking it is local, when in fact it wasn't, in turn causing them who knows how much agony.

If you stick with the traditional symlinked dirrectories from remote sources, this problem is MUCH less likely given that you understand the topology of your directory structure you created with the symlinks (which you'd be an idiot not to).

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its really not that complicated. find out where your random crap is and throw it in the approprate library. a little work in the beginning goes a long way in the future. for a regular hoem user, it really wont get more complicated than what i first said. for a more deamnding user suchc as myself, the only extra step i did was just changemy default locations. and when i open up the pictures library for example, i have a fodler for just pictures on my data drive, and my photography with raw and tiff files on another drive, in that library, it divides those folders by drive and location so i dont know why it would be hard knowing where a file really is.

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