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  1. #1
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    Jul 2010

    Information about the Libraries of Windows 7

    I want to know about the libraries that are present in Windows 7. So thought to post here, since you members provide detailed explanation in simple language. Also I am curious in knowing about the conception of libraries. I just know that up to Windows Vista, the organization of files was still attached to the folder: The folder "My Music" the user could store its music, in the folder "My Pictures" and its pictures in the folder "My Documents" files. For each user, there are these folders as well as the comprehensive version "together" for all users of the system. Also tell me about the organizing and customizing the libraries. Please provide needful information as soon as possible.

  2. #2
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    Feb 2006

    Re: Information about the Libraries of Windows 7

    With Windows 7, this system of thematic storage of user data in the profile folder is now added to the "real" libraries. This is basically a virtual container for different file types, which combines the operating system for users in a library. It does not matter to the user so where are the content, because the library as a central location make these available for use. The libraries behave to the operating system like real folders. The advantages for the user are that it can be summarized per library by topic up to 50 different paths in a document group (pictures, music, videos, documents). One has the different paths available centrally at one place. Folder will remain incorporated in a library, but at this original location. If a location is specified, but can also move files to a library or be copied.

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    Feb 2009

    Re: Information about the Libraries of Windows 7

    Windows 7 is on its own only 4 libraries (pictures, documents, music and videos), which are displayed in Explorer directly if you start it. What real folders are included in a library, the user determines. Using the context menu of a library can be adapted to this. The user may further add to the Library folder, which on the local machine or within a home network set of Windows 7 are located. Another way to receive folders in a library can be found directly from the context menu of folders. Here the user can choose convenient, is to be included in which library the current folder, or directly create a new library. The structure of Windows Vista has the disadvantage that the user organize its content available in this folder or other storage sources (eg on another drive, another folder with music) must manually start, it wants to access the website.

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    Feb 2006

    Re: Information about the Libraries of Windows 7

    Since the virtual directory of libraries behave like real folders can also include these files by drag and drop or copy and paste. However, this is only possible if one or more folders from the user added to the library. The respective default folder "Public" is not enough here. For a better overview, the user can also create additional custom libraries. This one goes into the root directory of the libraries and then goes through the context menu -> New or by clicking the "New Library". For each library, a certain view type is set, the one in need can change as well. The library "documents" should fit the best for mixed file types such as Word text, PDF and Co., why is a different representation here, "documents" by default. In addition to internal hard drives and external hard drives are included in the libraries as long as they are displayed in My Computer as a hard drive. The content is then available only if the disk is connected and turned on. Who has collected its data on removable media such as DVD / CD or a USB stick could come up with the idea to incorporate them into the libraries. This fails, however, usually with an error message. An almost identical error message, the user, if he wants to add a network path to a library that is not located on a machine with Windows 7 in a home network group.

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    Re: Information about the Libraries of Windows 7

    An almost identical error message, the user, if he wants to add a network path to a library that is not located on a machine with Windows 7 in a home network group.
    This is due to a peculiarity of the libraries: These are based on Windows 7 on indexed data. Only the index can provide Windows 7 as fast the different folder views for music, pictures, videos and documents with the enhanced metadata. The contents of the libraries are therefore not getting the source directory by simply prepared, but are based on the index of the search function of Windows 7 For this reason refused Windows 7, the inclusion of data that can not be indexed. These include not only removable but also fundamentally network shares. For owners in a group home network in Windows 7 this does not apply here because the data on the source computer have been indexed, and Windows 7 back then accesses this script. Also, Windows Server and Windows Vista can then serve as a data source if they lead the server an indexing service. Windows 7 is Windows Search 4.0 compliant, which for Windows XP, Vista, Server, Server 2003 available and 2008. Because the Windows Home Server on the Windows Server 2003-based, can be also installed Windows Search 4.0. For owners of Windows Home Server provides the online since 11.24.2009 by Power Pack 3 update offered in which not only search on Windows Server automatically sets up the 4, but the WHS connector the shares automatically in the Libraries of Windows 7 integrates.

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    Nov 2008

    Re: Information about the Libraries of Windows 7

    For owners of standard NAS drives or other storage solutions in a network, offers the opportunity presented, remains unknown. It would be possible, alternatively, the network share to make available offline, as it is then indexed by the client. This would however mean that the data twice, thus stored on the client and the network share would be. Here, the creation of symbolic links to the command line tool MKLINK as a solution. This is basically a reference to another source that can be a different directory, disk drive or a network share. First, I create on a local hard disk folder, the individual will make the symbolic link to the network source, in our example "data network" on the F: drive. In the 2nd Step one start the command prompt with administrator privileges and create a symbolic link with MKLINK.
    MKLINK f: \ data network \ Music \ \ wtserver \ Music / D
    created in the folder data network folder (for the parameter "D") music, which references a symbolic link to the directory "music" on the computer "wtserver. According to this scheme, further, symbolic links for pictures and documents in the folder "data network" will be created (eg MKLINK f: \ data network \ Photos \ \ wtserver \ Photos / D).

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