Win Library Tool [revised for Windows 8]

UPDATE: This tool has been updated and now works on Windows 8, however from my limited testing, the new metro interface has extremely limited support for libraries. Unfortunately using this tool I couldn’t find a way for photos added from a network drive to appear in the ‘photos’ metro app even though they appear in the library in Windows File Explorer. Windows 8 is astonishingly bad.

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Windows libraries (introduced in Windows 7) could have been a really useful feature of Windows, however unfortunately they arrived in a slighly cut-down form out of the box.  Microsoft decided against exposing some really useful capabilities to users, like adding network locations, pretty much the first thing I tried to do.  You get this message:

windows7libraryerror

Luckily, you can add network locations (and any other un-indexed locations), but it must be done programatically.  MS supply a command line utility slutil.exe, candidate for the worst named executable in history.  Pretty sure it stands for shell_library_util.  Anyway, I decided to write a tool to make it easy to add network locations, and added a few other features as well:

  • Add network (UNC or mapped drive) and any other un-indexed folders to libraries.
  • Backup library configuration, such that a saved set of libraries can be instantly restored at any point (like after a re-install of the OS or for transfer between multiple computers).
  • Create a mirror of all libraries (using symbolic links) in [SystemDrive]:\libraries.  This means you can reference all your files using a much shorter path, and also provides another entry-point to your files in many places in the Operating System (e.g. file open/save dialogs).
  • Change a library’s icon.

Hopefully it’s easy enough to use, so I don’t have to explain it :)

You can download it for free below.  (Note: This will only run on >= Windows 7.)

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I must give credit to Josh Smith for his TreeView CodeProject article, upon which this solution is modelled.

The application uses the Microsoft API CodePack to manipulate libraries, which I encourage you to check out if you are writing software to integrate / take advantage of new features in Windows 7.

If you want to learn why and how libraries were introduced in Windows 7, including diving into the .library-ms file format, you can read this MSDN article.

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  1. Gischi says:

    Just tried to download this promising tool, but the server says that it was not found :-(

    • Jonny says:

      Hi, I feel like a proper idiot but, this tool sounds perfect however, I just can’t get it to run. Installed – didn’t launch. Rebooted – no joy. Uninstalled/rebooted – reinstalled – nothing.

      Is there any known issues relating to this please? I am absolutely certain the problem is my End (Win7 Ult) but, unsure why…

      Any help appreciated.

      Jonny

  2. Mr. Bungle says:

    Sorry my bad, now fixed.

  3. Gischi says:

    Thank you very much! Great program!

  4. Matthew Jarsky says:

    Well, it added the Library I created, and the folders I added from the Samba share appear in it, but my Pictures and Music Libraries have vanished! :(

  5. Matthew Jarsky says:

    Follow-Up:
    The missing libraries appear in File Save and File Open dialogs, but not in Explorer. Instead, there are 3 blank icons (no name, and with a blank white icon). I guess I should mention I am running Win 7 Professional x64.

    • Me says:

      Modified library-ms files contain full path to icon, while originals only the dll name.
      Notepad’ing the file and removing the path portion fixes the icon.

      HTH.

      • AntoniusFM says:

        Mate i have got the exact same problem, can you be more specific what you did to resolve this ?

  6. Matthew Jarsky says:

    Follow-Up:
    After a few minutes and opening and closing a few windows. All libraries now appear, BUT: Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos have lost their fancy icons.

  7. Mr. Bungle says:

    Yeah I experienced that too. I started to look into it, and, like you, found that when I closed all Windows Explorer instances and re-opened them a bit later, the broken libraries were suddenly fixed. This problem occurs when you name the library the same as one of the built in (default) libraries (Pictures, Music, Documents, Videos). If closing and re-opening explorer doesn’t fix it, maybe try log off/on or even reboot.

    To me this looks like a Microsoft bug, since, at least for me, you can browse to the library repository (see path below), and all libraries are listed and working there correctly. You can confirm that your Pictures and Music libraries are working in Windows Explorer by going to:

    C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries

    Regarding the fancy icons – yes this tool does not set the icon of the libraries, I might add this in a future version, but until then the work-around is that you have to manually change the icon by choosing Properties on the library in Windows Explorer after you have created it using Win7 Library Tool.

  8. Matthew Jarsky says:

    Using properties on a library doesn’t give one access to change the icon, but you can get them back by following these instructions.
    Note:
    When you open the libraries in Notepad, the line specifying the icon:
    imageres.dll,-1002
    is missing. You’ll need to paste it in.

    • Mr. Bungle says:

      My mistake, yeah I forgot that also wasn’t exposed in the OS by default. So I’ve updated the application to preserve library icons and also allow you to choose custom icons for libraries:

      New library properties dialog.

      This is available in v1.02.

  9. Brett says:

    excellent program mate, bloody excellent! something like this should have been included by m$ default!

  10. Neil Sherin says:

    Brilliant effort, mate! Does exactly what it says on the tin! Must confess I was more than a little annoyed about Windows 7 not supporting libraries on network drives/NAS boxes out of the box! Still, with your app, all is well again!

  11. Dan LXIX says:

    Excellent tool, thank you :)

  12. Mr. Bungle says:

    No problem, just seems like such an obvious oversight (I suspect due to Windows Search limitations, which for the record I find useless anyway).

  13. Dan LXIX says:

    Just a follow on from my last comment, how do you get Media Player to see the libraries indexed by this tool? I’ve got a load of music on a remote drive which is showing fine the in the library, but will not show up in Media Player?

  14. Mr. Bungle says:

    I don’t use Media Player, but it looks like when you go Organize->Manage Libraries->[LibraryName], if [LibraryName] doesn’t exist, it re-creates it with the default folders included. So it seems the trick would be to name your library that contains Music as ‘Music’, the library that contains movies as ‘Videos’, and the library that contains Photos as ‘Pictures’. Hope that helps.

  15. Dan LXIX says:

    Thank for the help, but unfortunately Media Player doesn’t seem to like it. I have a ‘Music’ library with a ‘\\remote\folder’ link and a local ‘d:\folder’ link created via the library tool, but Media Player only sees the local content. I may have to consider changing my media player :)

  16. Mr. Bungle says:

    Weird, I tried adding a UNC and mapped network drive (in separate tests) and both times all the music appeared in WMP. In fact, I could add a UNC or mapped network drive to the Music library directly via WMP. Note: the music was on a remote WinXP box.

  17. Dan LXIX says:

    Even more weird, I came back to this today, and it’s all working fine :)

    Anyway, great app, thanks.

  18. Edward says:

    Does just what it says. Thanks!

  19. Scott says:

    Brilliant. Thanks for the great work on this. Like everyone said, MS should have included this from the beginning.

  20. Rob says:

    Perfect!!! Great tool.

  21. After doing this, I can only “arrange by” folder when viewing a library and not by Name, Date modified, Tag, or Type. Any ideas why and how to fix this because when you have multiple folders in a library it makes it difficult to find exactly what you are looking for. My assumption is that this is because it isn’t indexed…

  22. I did find this info in the help docs so that may be the answer. I’ll wait awhile and see what happens:

    “Why can’t I search or arrange files from a folder that I recently included in a library?

    If a folder from a non-indexed location (such as an external hard drive or a network) was recently included in a library and it contains a large number of files, it might take some time for the library to add those files to the index. During the indexing process, searches and file arrangements might appear incomplete. For more information about indexing, see Improve Windows searches using the index: frequently asked questions.”

    • Mr. Bungle says:

      I think you assume right – I can fully understand that to ‘arrange by’ something other than folder would require the contents to be indexed first. It would be great if Windows really did progressively index all non-indexed locations (e.g. samba shares) but I’m not convinced by just this statement in the help that ‘eventually’ you’ll be able to do this. Might be a good idea to post this question on a site with MS search people to see if there is some truth behind this.

  23. David Potter says:

    I’ve been looking for something like this since I installed Windows 7. The first thing I did was try to add server shares to my libraries and was disappointed when it didn’t work.

    After adding my existing libraries and adding a single network location to my Pictures library, I went ahead and applied the changes. Fortunately I had saved off my previous .library-ms files as my libraries were pretty busted. Two of my libraries were completely missing and my changes to the Pictures library weren’t even there.

    Plus, when comparing the old files to the new ones, I noticed that a bunch of things were changed that I would not have expected, such as the name (e.g. was @shell32.dll,-3495, now not even present), the folder type, and the known folder GUID.

    Surely I’ve done something wrong. Any ideas?

    Thanks,
    David

    • Mr. Bungle says:

      This sounds similar to the issue reported above. This problem seems to only occur with the built-in libraries. I looked into the .library-ms file diffs in detail just now in an effort to figure this out and I saw that the app was setting the ‘library type’ (folderType element) to the ‘generic’ guid rather than respecting the proper types for the built-in libraries (Pictures, Documents, Music, Videos). So I have updated the app (available in 1.03) to read this info when you click the wand icon to enumerate libraries, and on the library properties dialog you can change the type if desired and it will be set when applying changes. So that removes one of the differences. The @shell32,-[num] is just looking up a string from shell32.dll for the library name and the search provider description, this is not possible to preserve programatically, but it shouldn’t matter anyway, because the library name defaults to the file name of the .library-ms file in the case that the name element does not exist. The search provider publisher and product are both optional and for display only, so shouldn’t be a problem as far as I can tell (and again the ShellLibrary API doesn’t seem to allow me to set this anyway). Finally, the isDefaultNonOwnerSaveLocation element is used for homegroups so I don’t think that matters.

      Long story short, try the new version, and if you still see the problem, try the advice here. I initially did see this problem as well, but now, following your steps, everything is working on my Win7 RC box.

  24. David says:

    Thank you for the program which I have installed. I have added server files to the library but it does not appear to include subdirectoris. I have a directory called work whithin which there are dozens of subdirectories. When I search I don’t get any results from the subdirectories.

    Must I add each subdirectory individually to the library or is there some other way to do it?

    Many thanks

    • Mr. Bungle says:

      You certainly don’t have to add subdirectories individually. In fact I’m surprised to report that search actually works for me (finds results in subdirectories on the network location in the library). It might be that Windows is still in the process of indexing your network location (not sure about this) – see post above. Maybe someone knows a way to check on indexing progress?

      • David says:

        Thanks for your reply. It’s more than 2 days since I installed it so I would think that’s enough time for indexing about 20gb. I now get a message after a search ‘Some library features are unavailable due to unsupported library locations.’

        I’ll set out exactly what I’m doing so that it’s clear. My machine is running w7 the server is running small business/exchage 2003. All word documents are on the server. I’ve added the folder whithin which are nested all the other folders containing the word docs to the library with your program and they’re showing up.

        I then go to the statrt button at the bottom left of the screen and type in to the search box at the bottom of the list a word I know must appear many times in my files but all I get is results from outlook. It then gives me an option to search again in libraries which I do but with none of the expected results.

        Is there anything I must do different?

        Thanks.

  25. Scott says:

    Just what the doctor ordered. Thanks!!

  26. Drake says:

    I have successfully added a network share on a NAS in a library. My primary goal was to get my NAS indexed and the network share added to that library is NOT indexed.
    Seems like there is no way of indexing files of a network share. Quite disappointing.
    If someone successfully did it, please tell me how to do.

  27. Marty says:

    I’ve just gone to use this tool, and works fine with default libraries however when I’ve added a new library. Has anyone experienced the same thing?

  28. Marty says:

    Sorry that should say:

    I’ve just gone to use this tool, and works fine with default libraries, however when I’ve added a new library it crashes. Has anyone experienced the same thing?

  29. Shaun says:

    Great tool, thanks a lot, should have been included in Windows 7 by default..

  30. Steven says:

    Application crashes immediately on launch…

    oh well.

  31. sal says:

    “I’ve just gone to use this tool, and works fine with default libraries, however when I’ve added a new library it crashes. Has anyone experienced the same thing?”

    Same here

  32. imax98 says:

    I could not able to add FTP location through this tool. Is it not possible ?

  33. Livin says:

    Can you post a ‘portable’ version?

    • Mr. Bungle says:

      By ‘portable’ i assume you mean without the installer. Just download the source, extract, and look under ‘Win7LibraryTool\bin\Release’, you can copy the 4 files in there and execute directly.

  34. KjellKri says:

    Bug report (minor)
    I had an “empty” library from trying to create a library for NAS folders. When clicking the wand button (open existing libraries) the app failed. When I removed the empty library the problem disappeared. FYI.

  35. Wulfsdale says:

    Great tool! Very helpful.

    Suggestion: Include a ready to go standalone package in the downloads section.

    Thanks,

    Wulf

  36. vinzzz says:

    Hi, did someone manage to get network shares indexed on windows 7?

  37. Livin says:

    nice tool, thank you!

  38. Ranneko says:

    Does this mean that the files will then be picked up my Xbox 360 media centre extender.

  39. Drew Jones says:

    Thanks for this, it’s a great improvement on the basic Win 7 Library functionality.

  40. Richard Reijmers says:

    MAN!!! This is what I’ve been looking for!! Much thanks!

  41. Bil says:

    I am running Windows 7 via Parallels 5 on a MacBook Pro with OS X. To synchronize my MP3 Player I need to use Windows Media Player (running on Window 7), and I want it to have access to the music I have on the Mac folders.

    I can see and have access to the Mac folders in Windows. When I try to add a Mac folder on the Windows’ Music Library I get the message “This network location can’t be included because it is not indexed”.

    Then I use the Win 7 Library Tool to add the Mac folder to the Windows’ Music Library. The Mac folder is added to the library but still appears as “Unsupported” on the Music Library Locations. Also, in the explorer a message appears saying “Some library features are unavailable due to unsupported library location…”

    Of course Windows Media Player cannot use the Mac file and no music is shown.

    Any idea on how to solve this? Thanks!

  42. 忘记月亮 says:

    It’ really a useful software.
    Good!

  43. Mark says:

    I have been able to add NAS folders, but they are not indexed. Does this tool make windows 7 index the NAS folders?
    regards, M

  44. Jack says:

    Very useful. Thanks for doing that.

    As Mark points out, the NAS folders are not indexed, therefore, the Arrange By button in Windows Explorer is functionally disabled; it only allows the “Folders” view. It’s important to plan which folders should be included in which library to retain maximum functionality.

    Improvement suggestion: when I clicked the Apply button for the first time, the program failed to create the libraries. Error dialog said that one folder was damaged (or words to that effect). It would have been helpful to know *which* folder was causing the problem. I resolved the issue by deleting all the folders but one from each library, then building it up from there. Knowing the name of the faulty folder would have allowed me to delete just that one folder.

    Great piece of work!

  45. Pau says:

    Thanks man, you are a genious… now I can see all the music in my NAS in my WMP library. Big thanks!

  46. Roy says:

    Many thanks for making this app available.

    Worked well the first time I used it, some weeks ago.

    Today I used it again and it wiped out all of my libraries and my quick launch taskbar.

    I now have to go back and set it all up again… :-(

    • Roy says:

      Hmm – Not sure why the quick launch bar disappeared – but I now realise that loosing my library set up was my fault.

      I should have read the on screen message!!

      And – why hadn’t I used the facility to backup the library setup that this excellent little program provides!

      Roy

  47. lawvol says:

    Outstanding tool. Thank for sharing, it is so useful.

    One feature request for furture editions: would it be possible to make the libraries (and their contents) sortable, either manually or alphabetically?

    Either way, this is a really great utility. Thanks for your hard work.

  48. Great tool – really useful.
    Only problem for me is that the UNC paths you add have to exist at the time. I have a work laptop and I want to add UNC paths for network shares at work, and at home – but I can’t connect to both networks at once so it won’t let me.
    Is it possible to add a prompt – such as “Network path doesn’t exist – add anyway?”

    Thanks!

    • Mr. Bungle says:

      Unfortunately, the API Microsoft fails if you try to add a folder that is not currently accessible :( So the tool cannot be made to allow this. What happens if you add your work ones at work, then add the home ones when you get home, separately?

  49. Hamish says:

    Bit of a problem :(

    I used the tool to add a network location to the Documents library and it’s now lost the Music, Pictures and Videos libraries. They now only appear as a strange blang sheet icon that cannot be opened.

    Am i being stupid here? Any suggestions?

  50. Hamish says:

    Scratch that – I restarted my machine and all was well. Looks like i was being stupid. C’est la Vie.

  51. xDRAN0x says:

    Great tool, I needed just that. Thanks a lot for creating this.

    I would like to ask you if you have any idea on how to disable the recurring tooltip message above the folder listing :
    “some libraries features are unavailable due to unsupported librairies location”

    Quite annoying :[
    xDx

  52. Vinzzz says:

    Hi Guys,

    How do you index your NAS? Using windows 7 search is useless. You can add the network shares in your library, but they aren’t indexed. Do you use any other software?
    Copernic and X1 are useless aswell, because you can’t select all results found through a search, copy them and for instance paste them in a temporary directory on my desktop.

    Any tips?

  53. xDRAN0x says:

    @Vinzzz

    I don’t run any indexing except Synology’s own indexing service via the Webgui (application->Mediacenter; which took 12h on my setup)

    How is Win7 search useless? it’s not spotlight-fast but still does the work :]
    xDx

    • vinzzz says:

      @xDRAN0x

      My QNAP doesnt have any indexing service. Win7 search is useless while it doesnt search the labels of pictures of non indexed shares. So I still have to rely on good directory structures, while it was just the idea of centralising data and dont care where a file resists…

      :(

  54. Unhappy says:

    Just installed and ran on Win7 x64 and it has deleted all my non user created libraries :(

    • Happy says:

      Scratch that… When the app recreates the libraries it also re catalogues. While it is doing this, still to be catalogued libraries are not visible.
      My own fault for having 2Tb of storage :(

      On the plus side App works great in Win7x64.

  55. Trigon says:

    Finally!

    THANKS A LOT!

    That is what I was looking for!

    Your are my hero of the day ^^

  56. Evil Turnip says:

    Hi

    So if I add my network drives to the library and re build the index my windows search should (when index is complete) find any document I search for on my network drives in my domain…

  57. Evil Turnip says:

    Nope windows search doesnt pick up in the libraries when doing a search you have to manually search the libraries which seems a bit pointless

  58. capnPete says:

    I would like to ask you if you have any idea on how to disable the recurring tooltip message above the folder listing :
    “some libraries features are unavailable due to unsupported librairies location”

    xDx asked this below but I didn’t see a response.

    Anyone having the same problem?

  59. Aethera says:

    Getting an error with this utility: Windows Explorer has a bar at the top that says “Some library features are unavailable due to unsupported library locations. Click here to learn more…” Then the icons for some of the libraries are blank and the contents of the libraries are empty. I restarted Win7 Library Tool and re-imported the existing libraries but the problem persists. In Win7 Library Tool they look fine and I can see the folders with the appropriate icons and their subfolders listed below, but in Windows Explorer they are not working.

  60. nice says:

    Thank You for all the useful posts. They really helped me ! You just got a new subscriber now!

  61. Nick says:

    How is the XML base *.library-ms files created? Is it possible to modify the code of the Win7 Library Tool to add the following line to the .Library-ms files:

    This will prevent the yellow bar information bar “Some library features are unavailable due to unsupported library locations. Click here to learn more…” I know if you right click on the bar, you can prevent this message, but it would be nice to include this feature if possible.

  62. Me says:

    To get rid of the message, just right-click i and click ‘don’t show this message again’ :o)

  63. MengJin says:

    Win7 64bit?

  64. There’s even a video on it that can be seen here:

  65. zmin says:

    external icons only get displayed at 32×32 :( why?

    • Mr. Bungle says:

      They only get displayed as 32×32 in the tool, but in Windows Explorer, they will display at the optimum resolution from the original source. I tested this by adding an external .ico for my ‘coding’ library, which contains icons larger than 32×32 and you can see the result here.

  66. zmin says:

    thanks, the tool messed up my network libraries AND my icons completely..

    • Mr. Bungle says:

      Try killing all explorer.exe processes and then starting a new task from task manager ‘explorer’. It seems there are some bugs in explorer.exe in this dept.

  67. BEBU says:

    Works great!Thank you very much for solving this problem:)

  68. Ray says:

    I ran Win7 Library Tool, told it to create a mirror in C:\libraries, ran.
    Then to my horror, all my libraries are now gone, don’t show up in Explorer. I restarted Explorer, waited (as some posts said they came back after indexing) but no libraries?

    Are the libraries saved somewhere? Can I get them back. Real pain to recreate.

    • Mr. Bungle says:

      Sorry to hear that, it seems there may be an issue on some computers with the creation of the symbolic links in c:\libraries, which I will look into shortly. Assuming that clicking the ‘magic wand’ button in the tool doesn’t show you your libraries, then unfortunately yes they are gone. Next time, take a backup of your library configuration (the disk icon) so you can later restore it (e.g. if you reinstall windows, or login as a different user (or your libraries disappear…)).

  69. Ray says:

    There are just empty folders in C:\libraries.
    Please help.

  70. Rob says:

    Also not working for me (Win 7 Home “Premium” 64bit). Added a mapped drive network location to one library; it now shows a blank icon for the modified library and won’t open or do anything else :(

    Premium == crippled

  71. Rob says:

    Maybe you need to quit explorer and restart but suddenly started working :)

    Another year and I’ll have hacked my way up to the Pro version.

    thanks for the program.

  72. ian says:

    tried this several times – running on Win7 64bit. Each time i try to run the programme i get “Win7 Library Tool has stopped working”. So I can’t get any further… any ideas anyone?

    • Mr. Bungle says:

      Hi Ian, that’s no good! There’s a crash handler built-in to the application, so you normally shouldn’t see that message… If you contact me via the About page we can perhaps troubleshoot it.

      • Tim says:

        I’m getting the same message.

        The first time I ran it I made 1 change and told it to save. It deleted all the libraries and created an empty Documents library pointing to nothing. After 20 minutes of the program sitting there doing nothing and getting a message that this program has stopped responding I forced it to shut down. I should have backed it up, but didn’t.

        I rebooted, ran the program again added back some of the old libraries. Click save. And it appears to be doing the same thing. Stuck. I’m assuming the process should be fairly quick and that it isn’t reindexing the drives while it rebuilds the library.

        I’m going to go off for a few hours and see if it finishes on its own, but I would have thought it would have been done in a matter of a few minutes.

        • Tim says:

          Took a good long while but it created it successfully.

          • Mr. Bungle says:

            It should not take more than a few seconds to create the libraries (no indexing or rebuilding is done), I’ve not seen the behaviour you describe, but it’s certainly possible since the program calls some new Windows 7 APIs. Who knows what Microsoft is doing in the background :(

  73. Jimmy M says:

    Contains Trojan.FakeAlert.5 my BitDefender says.

    What’s up with this? Anyone else?

  74. daragh says:

    Great app, beautifully implemented – thank you!!!

    Now top register my NAS and network printer on homegroup…

  75. Danny Bessems says:

    Hello,

    I’m curious as to how you have managed to suppress the yellow information bar. I’m in the process of rolling out Windows 7 for a client, and we have folder redirection set up, which triggers the information bar. Is it a registry setting I could include in my group policies?

    • Danny Bessems says:

      Never mind, I found out it’s saved in the xml in the respective .library-ms file.

  76. Simon Davies says:

    THANK YOU!

    I have been struggling with this for some time now and your program is simple, easy to follow and worked a treat first time. It is also very useful to be able to save the set up so that, once it is arranged on one PC, I can simply update the settings on the other PCs in my house.

  77. Jonathan Pitt says:

    Kick Ass!

    You rock man!!

    Nice app… now my Linux NAS shares are in da Library!

  78. JHP says:

    I would really like to use your Win7LibraryTool application but I keep getting the following error:

    Win 7 Library Tool has stopped working

    In the Application Event Viewer:

    Win7LibraryTool.exe
    1.0.4.0
    4b3b0471
    KERNELBASE.dll
    6.1.7600.16385
    4a5bdaae
    e0434f4d
    00009617

    Is there a fix for this?

    Thank you,

  79. Lexrst says:

    I would like to simply say thank you. I drives me nuts when MS does this crap. I have a gigabit home network with a Windows Server housing all my data. I do NOT want offline files enabled on my desktop PC, I just want my libraries to point to the server. It shouldn’t require a cool guy like you to write an app just to do that, it should be an option I can enable on my own … IN THE GUI !

    Sheeh!

    Seriously though, thanks!

    -Lexrst

  80. Ton says:

    Great tool, thank you!

    Only minor problem I encountered:
    - I imported all existing libraries, but when you save, existing libraries lose their name and icon. To avoid this, also open the properties of the imported existing libraries and “change” (choosing the old icons and names) them, and then save again.

    Bye,
    Ton

  81. Mapster says:

    I tried the tool a few days ago on a PC using Window 7 Ultimate x64 which has Windows Home Server connector and Windows Media Center Connector. I did take a backup. When I tried to apply the changes it wiped the existing libraries and I got the not responding problem. I tried loading the backup but when I applied the change I go not responding again.
    I tried a system restore but that didn’t work. I reset the libraries to get the main ones back – I then ran Windows Media Center Connector to add it the shared folders from the WHS but it althgough it ran it didn’t work. I then tried to use WMP12 to add the shared music fold back in. It eventually did that and indexed it but now WMP12 won’t respond and Media Center won’t pick up any libraries either.
    I am beginning think I will need to do a rebuild unless there is any way to reset libraries for the whole computer – not just one profile.

  82. Seth says:

    Are the network folders just added to the library without being indexed?
    If they are indexed, how do I re-index them after modifying files in them?

    • Mr. Bungle says:

      The program does not explicitly do any indexing, the API that Microsoft provided just allows adding of libraries. I presume that Windows itself handles the process of indexing where possible. I’m not aware of any way to manually kick off indexing.

  83. Stu says:

    Great program which worked well up until ~2 months ago. I have a QNAP TS-119 with SMB shares accessed from my Win7 Ultimate x64 PC. Unfortunately, as a couple of other posters have pointed out, the program instantly crashes every time I try to run it now. Have uninstalled/reinstalled and tried 1.05 and 1.06 but it just won’t run. There have been all the usual Windows updates but very little else has changed on my PC.

    What info can I give you to help diagnose this issue?

    • Stu says:

      Well, it’s been solved. I think the program assumes you have Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1 installed. I didn’t and now it’s been added back into Windows, the Win7 Library Tool is working again :-D
      I had previously removed Microsoft Games for Windows Live several months ago. I recalled that it had installed .NET at the same time so I also removed that as I don’t like bloat. Anyway, that’s the reason I deleted it and the reason Win7 Library Tool stopped working. My bad, sorry !!

      Being constructive, can v1.07 check it has .NET available before crashing? If so maybe a useful error msg would help. Just a thought. Still a great program.

  84. Aliellavake says:

    Очень долго ломал голову . не думаю бы пересмотрел то,

  85. Henk-Jan says:

    Hey, Thanks a lot !!
    Rather new in Win7 ans i was searching for hours… untill i found youre tool… really great !

  86. That was a nice blog post,I anticipate many more post from you.

  87. Dorien says:

    Great tool, worked in a flash!

  88. Gusdawg says:

    Works great! Thank you!

  89. Maximlian says:

    Sorry for asking this question, but I didn’t understand something about NAS:
    If I have a NAS working on Linux (I was thinking to buy a Buffalo terastation), the shares can be included through your fantastic program; but are they also indexed completely???
    It is really important for me (If it is not possibile I’ll not buy a NAS)!
    Thank you!!! :)

    • Mr. Bungle says:

      Unfortunately, no they will not be indexed. This tool just allows you to browse/access the contents of your NAS inside Windows 7 libraries. There may be another way to enable indexing but i have not investigated any.

  90. lawvol says:

    First of all, I love this utility — it is absolutely fabulous, and I appreciate you making it available for all of us out here in web world.

    I am, however, having issues with v.1.04 and 1.06 lately and I was wondering if you could help.

    The program starts, but when I try to load the existing libraries, I get an error message and it closes.

    I am running Win7 Professional 64-bit

    Here: is the error log information from Windows:
    =====================================
    Log Name: Application
    Source: Windows Error Reporting
    Date: 6/9/2010 11:31:27 AM
    Event ID: 1001
    Task Category: None
    Level: Information
    Keywords: Classic
    User: N/A
    Computer: [omitted for privacy]
    Description:
    Fault bucket 1117560722, type 5
    Event Name: CLR20r3
    Response: Not available
    Cab Id: 0

    Problem signature:
    P1: win7librarytool.exe
    P2: 1.0.6.0
    P3: 4ba46ffb
    P4: mscorlib
    P5: 2.0.0.0
    P6: 4a27471d
    P7: 349e
    P8: e1
    P9: System.IO.FileNotFoundException
    P10:

    Attached files:
    C:\Users\[omitted for privacy]\AppData\Local\Temp\WERFB40.tmp.WERInternalMetadata.xml

    These files may be available here:
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\WER\ReportArchive\AppCrash_win7librarytool._90c8cb983327ad9c629d747112de14b3fea3210_220d05ea

    Information 6/9/2010 11:31:27 AM Windows Error Reporting 1001 None
    =====================================

    Any thoughts on how I can get this back up and running? Feel free to email me if you need more info or want the files referenced in the log above.

    Again, thanks for making this great app, and I hope to have it running again soon.

      • Joe says:

        Having trouble adding existing libraries – worked on one home systems, fails on another:

        Description:
        Stopped working

        Problem signature:
        Problem Event Name: CLR20r3
        Problem Signature 01: win7librarytool.exe
        Problem Signature 02: 1.0.9.0
        Problem Signature 03: 4c1d9447
        Problem Signature 04: Win7LibraryTool
        Problem Signature 05: 1.0.9.0
        Problem Signature 06: 4c1d9447
        Problem Signature 07: 33
        Problem Signature 08: 12
        Problem Signature 09: System.IO.FileNotFoundException
        OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.256.1
        Locale ID: 4105

  91. xDRAN0x says:

    Hello there,
    me again complaining :]

    Please check :
    http://forum.synology.com/enu/viewtopic.php?f=111&t=25250&p=101776#p101776

    Do you think the new version of your tool could cause this? I have not changed anything on my NAS and the only thing I can remember of is updating my Zorn Software too.

    Best regards,
    xDRAN0x

  92. PowerBear says:

    How come when I create a Library for a Network Drive with the Windows7 Library Tool it’s nested within the following folder structure ?

    libraries => =>

    I’m unable to see it when I go to the Libraries area instead it’s nested within the folder listed above under the drive in which windows is installed ?

  93. Andrew says:

    Thanks for this. Now I can mount my VortexBox NAS into windows libraries.

  94. Mike says:

    Thanks for this excellect tool. I generally like Win 7 a lot, but with Libraries Microsoft basically built half a bridge and left it hanging out there in the sky. It took you to finish the bridge and bring users with network shares all the way home. Microsoft really should pay you for saving them from an army of irate Win 7 users!

  95. Daniel says:

    Nice tool, documents library is enhanced to network folder. Pic, Video and Musik library, which have not been modified, appear as an empty icon, clicking on them has no effort. Any idea?

    Regards
    Daniel

  96. HotCustard says:

    I was trying to work out how to change the library icon and found this tool. Many Thanks.

  97. Boni says:

    Awesome software…

  98. Jay says:

    Very useful. After running I had some blank libraries that I couldn’t access but all came right after a few minutes… so don’t panic if this happens.

  99. Jiri says:

    It looks like nice tool, however Win7 Library Tool doesnt work on Win2008 R2server – its there any way how to make this great tool works on this OS?

    • Mr. Bungle says:

      afaik, Win2008 doesn’t have the concept of libraries, please correct me if I’m wrong.

      • Justin says:

        While Windows Server 2008 doesn’t support libraries due to it’s codebase being the same as Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 R2 should support libraries because it’s codebase is the same as Windows 7.

        • Mr. Bungle says:

          I just installed Win7 Library Tool 1.09 in Windows 2008 Server R2 and it installed and ran correctly, and was able to add a network location to a library. What exactly is not working?

  100. Bram says:

    I found a small but annoying bug for users of foreign language Windows 7 users: Sometimes the librarary tool changes the dutch word ‘Afbeeldingen’ (the dutch name of one of the default library’s) in ‘Pictures’ (the english translation with the same meaning). Windows does not recognize the english term ‘Pictures’ and the library is ‘lost’ (for Windows, but the keen library tool recognizes it perfectly). When I change the name ‘Pictures’ back in ‘Afbeeldingen’ (dutch) , possible only in Win7 library tool, everything functions normal again. I have my bug fixed, but can you fix your bug? (Hard to find in the English version of Windows). It’s strange the library ‘Documents’ does not seem to suffer the same abbaration.

    • Mr. Bungle says:

      I looked at the source code and couldn’t see anything obvious that would cause this. Especially weird that this only ‘sometimes’ happens. Without being able to reproduce the issue on English OS, not much I can do sorry.

  101. James says:

    Installed Win7librarytool 16 Sep 10 on ACER Extensa 5235 laptop with OS Win 7 Profesional
    On trying to include folder, I get message “This folder cannot be included because it is on a removable device”

    The device is USB flash drive (K:) – Kingston Data Traveller 8Gb

    Windows Explorer shows
    Hard Disk Drives(2)
    ACER(C:)
    DATA(E:)

    Devices with Removable Storage(2)
    DVD RW (D:) CD Drive
    KINGSTON(K:) Removable disk

    Can you advise how I use Win7librarytool to include folders on removable flash drive
    Thanks
    James

    • Mr. Bungle says:

      Including folders on removable drives works fine via Win7 Library Tool for me, I only get this error if I try to include a folder on a removable drive via Windows Explorer itself.

  102. Peter says:

    Well done … EXACTLY what I have been looking for. You also have some handy “articles” on your site that I must find the time to look at :) Well done and thanks.

  103. sTEALTH says:

    Outstanding software. All it needs are command line switches; or better yet, is this info saved in the registry so I could simply execute a registry entry when doing a clean install?

    • Mr. Bungle says:

      MS already supplied a command line application called slutil.exe, which allows you to work with libraries (I don’t think it let’s you change icons). However, there’s a better way. The library configuration is stored as .library-ms files in C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries\. All you need to do is take a copy of those files once you have configured you libraries and then when doing a clean install, just copy them into that folder. That’s all!

  104. Tool Works great and is easy to use, should be the default functionality of libraries. Now I can see my samba shares in windows media player.

  105. Indexmonkey says:

    Cowabunga Dudes!! this literally rocked my computer.
    Windows seven needs thsi guys contribution.
    Thanks.
    PS Splinter!….wheres my effin garlic bread DUDE?

  106. Indexmonkey says:

    LOL wise words Splinter!

  107. Maximlian says:

    Sorry, I have another question.
    Somebody tried to use a Windows 2003 Server Operating system, sharing folders on the Network and mapping them on Windows 7 clients with your super-software?

    I do not exactly understand if in this case the indexing service (that of course has to run on 2003 server, as it is sharing the folders) will have the same result in performance and depth (looking also inside the files) like it normally does on a windows 7 share…

    Thanks in advance for the help.

    I am building on a system like this and I’m half the way, so if somebody wants to know the result (or does not it already so please tell me!) :)

  108. Matt says:

    I am having a small issue with the program. I have a DROBO FS and i keep all my picutres and video files on that. I used your program to add the shares to my libraries and that works great! The issue i have is if i set them as the default save location it tells me it is unsupported. (unsupported save location)

    Any ideas how to fix this?

    Thanks for the help.

    • Matt says:

      It actually says Unsupported even if it isn’t set as the default save location. It seems to work, but it still says unsupported.

  109. Khalil says:

    There is a way to index the files. It is actually mentioned in one of the posts related to this one. You need to install a microsoft patch for adding unc to the indexing options.

    Ive pasted the quote from the poster:

    == This is how to search network files and index network files without having to store a copy on your own dam computer. ==

    So after a long hard search i have found the answer to my own problem. (putting up with this for 3 months)

    This patch allows you to add network files to the index without having to make them “always available offline”.

    It will add a tab in the Indexing Options menu called “Add UNC Location” this is where you add the path of the network folder.

    UNCFATPHInstaller.msi

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?DisplayLang=en&FamilyID=f7e981d9-5a3b-4872-a07e-220761e27283

    To Add to Library

    http://zornsoftware.codenature.info/?p=3

    always available offline is not a real solution for network storage, you can’t make 2TB available offline if you have a 200GB hard drive

    it is ffound on http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w7itpronetworking/thread/7b0e8d81-d728-43b9-8857-bafdb6bbc229

    actuall typing indexing in the search window on start helped me out to find the indexing options tab :)

  110. Andreas says:

    Nice app… I’ve recently added most of my network locations. But will I need to manually include every sub-folder?:S It seems like only the base folders located at the first level of the network locations chosen for indexing within win7 library tool are indexed and made search-able, in contrast to windows own searches. (You can easily find whatever you want in your “Documents”-folder, even if it resides in a sub-sub-sub..folder.)
    I’m running win7- enterprise 64-bit.

    • Mr. Bungle says:

      No you certainly don’t need to manually include every subfolder. This tool only adds the network locations to libraries for browsing, not indexing, i.e. network locations are still not indexed even if they are included into a library, unfortunately.

  111. Axel says:

    Great tool! But. :) I’m having problems with special german characters (ä=ae,ö=oe,ü=ue). Program crashes without any display of an error.

    My folders are on a WHS (Windows Home Server) and some library names and folders to add include those german characters.

    Anyone any idea?

  112. PaVink says:

    Wonderful – just want I needed to get networked locations in a Library. I had been fooling around with symbolic links which should (?) work, but not quite did. WIN7LibraryTool does the job. Thank you very much for doing what Microsoft did not ….!

  113. Richard says:

    Hi there,
    How about a command line version?
    Could have commercial uses for you ;)

    • Mr. Bungle says:

      MS already have a command line utility called slutil as mentioned in the post and here.

      • Richard says:

        Ok cool. Needle in haystack, but found someone posting a binary.
        Works very nicely. Thanks for the site and heads up :)
        I like the way you can avoid the gui check for indexed network locations!

  114. Rick says:

    Great tool but cannot get it to work stable, after adding a number of directories it becomes almost impossible to get a full run after clicking Apply\Proceed (but it does happen spontaneously every now and then).
    The error below is arbitrary and happens with different folders each and every time. I hope you can help because this tool really lets the libraries come into there own (or would if I could get it to work). What am I doing wrong?


    An error occurred whilst configuring the libraries
    Error creating library “nnn”: Failed to add folder ‘nnn’.
    Error: Unable to remove the file to be replaced. (Exception from HRESULT: 0×80070497)

    • Mr. Bungle says:

      I googled that error “Unable to remove the file to be replaced” and it seems it could be a permissions and/or file sharing issue. Check the permissions and ownership of “C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries” folder (and contents). Also, you could use SysInternals Process Explorer to check if any other process has a handle to this folder or its contents.

    • Ron says:

      I had the same problem. Almost tried to look at the sourcecode until i read the hint about the permissions.
      schouldn’t be permissions, because %APPDATA% is open to the user ..

      BUT…: I turned off the Virus-Scanner (Kaspersky in my Case). Helped.

  115. Alex Alden says:

    It just worked. Exactly what was needed thanks a million.

  116. Martin says:

    not working
    got error :

    error creating Library : Error HRESULT E_FAIL has been returned from a call to a COM component.

    screenshoot : http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/9669/captureb0.jpg

    pealse email me :
    martinszklarz@googlemail.com

  117. peter says:

    awesome, just what i was looking for! thanks so much!

  118. Charles says:

    After I reboot the computer all the mappings are gone and it is back to the default. Can the mappings be permanent?

    • Mr. Bungle says:

      That is weird, it certainly should be permanent. If you make a change to a library without using Win7 Library Tool, is that change persisted after a reboot? If not, it may be something with your user profile that is resetting things during login.

  119. maracx says:

    I still can’t see my library from NAS as DLNA medias server on my PS3. It works OK in WMP 12 (library and symlinks are OK created) , but not on PS3 (ps3 do not see it)

  120. Dana says:

    Just found this…so happy that it exists. Settings were preserved after a reboot for me, no issues there.

    Thanks!!

  121. Potion says:

    Windows 7 Home Premium x64

    The tool works perfectly within windows libraries, I can see the two locations within the music library (the local library and my NAS location Y:). I can also search for artists using the search facility….
    BUT .. Windows Media Player and Media Centre only show the local folder music.

    Am I doing something wrong?

    Thanks

  122. Chris says:

    Thank you for this. Works great and can now add my Samba file shares !!

  123. Jeff Banning says:

    I just found your Library tool and it works like a champ. I am assuming that the indexes for network shares live on my local Windows 7 computer. Is there any way to have Windows 7 use the index built on the server. I have a Server 2008 computer with the Search service installed. On an XP box with Search 4.0 installed, I can search those UNC shares and it uses the server based index.

    Thanks

  124. Oscar Moreno says:

    Any way to programmatically load library setting from previously saved file?

    Thanks ..

  125. Venares says:

    Brilliant!!!
    This tool just saved me hours of hair pulling.

  126. Bobby says:

    I can not get this to run. The installer completes too quickly it seems the bar only moves part way across but it does report installed successfully. When I run I only get the windows outline the middle is of the window behind. I uninstalled/reinstalled/re-downloaded/rebooted. No luck, I’d love to use this, am I missing something?

  127. Andy says:

    Hi, Great little tool, but when I am trying to add a library I am getting an error:

    An error occurred whilst configuring the libraries.
    Error creating Library ‘Pictures’:Failed to add folder ‘E:\My Pictures’

    Error:Folder path not found.

    The E drive is a network hard drive that contains all the music and pictures. The drive is mapped as E on the pc and when browsing to it to select the library location it is there. It does the same when I try to do the Music folder. Any Ideas?

  128. Jan H says:

    Just wanted to pop back in and say *** THANKS!!!! *** for this program I’ve needed forever. Works great (unless you forget to bring in the default libraries before adding more (whoops!)) and is exactly what I needed.

  129. Daniel says:

    Thanks for this tool! Slim and powerful.

    Wanted to raise an issue – I added a library with a network link, and used the wizard to load all my existing libraries. When applying the changes, I noticed that the Music, Videos, and Pictures libraries lost their names, icons, and links. I modified them all to _1 (music_1 etc) and now they are fine.
    Any idea if and how I can change them back? What’s the cause for this corruption?

    Thanks,
    Daniel

  130. James says:

    You absolute legend! Thanks a million for this. It’s enabled me to index everything on my Drobo FS!

  131. hamish says:

    NAS drive now accessible via the video library and searchable. Thank you!!!

  132. Justin says:

    Fantastic piece of software which just helped me avoid a very big headache of having to copy a bunch of stuff to my laptop from my NAS.

    Thank you so very much, mate. :)

  133. Stev says:

    Hi,

    i would like to use this tool but i get an error message if i click on “add all your existing libraries”.
    A message box with no text but a red cross and a windows message that the programm is not working anymore and then i can click on “close” or “search online for a solution”.

    I would like to add a network share to my documents library. I’m using Windows 7 x64 Home Premium with SP1.

    Please can someone help me.

    • Thomas says:

      Same here. Great tool, but since SP1 its not working any more :-(
      I tried under 32-bit and 64-bit Window 7 SP1. No difference.
      Any ideas how to fix this?

  134. Frank says:

    Hi,

    Development for this tool has apparently been stopped 2 years ago as it seems – what is the reason for that? No further ideas, lack of interest, is the tool perfect already?

    What annoys me most of all is that I cannot index (Windows Search) my UNC shares on my QNAP NAS – the tool doesn’t really help for that even though some people claimed that in a different forum.

    • Mr. Bungle says:

      The tool is in ‘maintenance’ mode i.e. bug fixes only, unless someone comes up with a suggestion for a new feature (I haven’t thought of any). The tool’s purpose is intentionally simple, but is limited by the API provided by Microsoft for Windows 7 libraries. As for indexing, I 100% agree it is incredibly annoying there’s not good indexing solution (that I’ve found) for NAS/network/server file systems. Google desktop seemed to work on a mapped network drive, but it’s also not perfect. And it’s true, this tool does *not* explicitly provide indexation of network library content, it just enables display of the network content.

  135. Authentikamd says:

    works great ! big thx !!! :)

  136. Flapjack says:

    Just a GREAT tool.
    One in the eye for MS.
    Took me a while to find out how to change the order of the folders. Was looking to do this within the tool.
    (Anyone else looking, in normal windows, right click the library, properties, and left click/slide the folders to the order you want)

  137. Jason says:

    (Comment has been removed due to its offensive nature.)

    • Mr. Bungle says:

      Thanks for your warm comments Jason. I have updated the program to take a backup of the library structure, which is restored if any errors occur (available in 1.10.) Unfortunately, due to the nature of Microsoft’s library API, it will always be an error to create a library in which one folder is not ‘available’.

  138. Ang says:

    You sir are an officer and a gentleman. Can’t tell you how much this has simplified file sharing across my QNAP NAS and 5 home systems.

  139. Bernd says:

    My hero! The wife’s been nagging my ear off over this limitation of the library function and patches using symbolic links were just too hard understand …. for some … now this is just the solution to those troubles!

    Thank you!

  140. gennaro says:

    thank you so much.
    How can I update from 1.09 to 1.10?
    The installer proposes a path with the version number in it, so I would end up with duplicates. Shall I unistall the old one first? or maybe after? or shall I install the new one in the old directory? Do I risk to loose my settings?
    Thank you

  141. Alex Angelico says:

    First of all, thanks a lot for the tool.
    However I was looking for some tool with more options. I think the main problem with windows library are you cannot sort the contents and the second one is you cannot remove many items at the same time, just because you cannot select many items

    If you are thinking in a new version, I think this 2 features would be great.

    I think you can have a “pro” version for something around $5 – $10 that many people will be glad to pay for these features.

    Thanks

  142. Wolfgang says:

    Thanks for this great tool.

    Microsoft should buy it and integrate in their OS! It honestly missing as a part of Win7.

    I rate it the same as “Link Shell Extension”, which is also missing as essential part of Win7. You guys have finished their job ;-)

  143. Steve says:

    This tool is EXACTLY what I was looking for. Its is simple to use and works great. Thanks you very much for making this available.

  144. Alex Bron says:

    Love the tool, for adding NAS / Samba shared directories to the library. However something strange: setup 2 identical PC’s with each 10 users (users are identical on both systems). On system 1, I could use the Library Tool to add a NAS-shared “My Documents” to each user’s Documents library. On system 2, I could use the tool for the first 5 users, but since then I always get an “access denied” on writing the Documents.library-ms file… Persistent across reboots and userdel / useradd’s… Any ideas what’s going on?

    Thanks anyway for this great tool!

    • Gabriel says:

      I am experiencing the ‘access denied’ error too. I can’t add/modify the Libraries. I am logged in as an admin and also tried running the program As Administrator. Any solutions?

  145. Joey Albergo says:

    Bless your heart, this is the greatest program I think I have ever had to use with assisting me in tweaking Windows 7.

    Thank you very much!

  146. Michael Daugherty says:

    Win7 Library Tool is the best way to add network location to Windows 7 librarys.

    Feature Request: Reorder Library Folders in Edit library dialog

  147. respublica says:

    Great Tool! Thank you very much, you make my digital live easier!

  148. SteveG says:

    I have a NAS (Linux Based) and have mapped the drive to my Windows Media Center. I used the Win7 Library Tool to add to the Pictures Library, a folder from the NAS. When I open the Library I see the Folder was added but it says it’s “Unsupported”. I tried it on several of my coomputers with the same results. Any advice would be appreciated

  149. Luke says:

    When I run the tool I get a blank window that says Win7 Library Tool in the title bar and the window contents is blank. Help. I have used this tool before and it worked great. Now I have a new PC.

  150. Hi
    Thanks for this tool, however when trying to run it, it places my network folder there but no content from it!!!

    Then it seems i have to add one internal folder at a time but after its done and confirmed i get an error message with ‘Bugger’ and then when i look it has the folder but windows asks to include internal folders and i get the original ‘indexed’ error as i has beofre the software was installed

    thanks for your advice

    steve

  151. Ray says:

    I’ve created a new Library and added my NAS share folder to it.

    How do I get Windows 7 to index it? Indexing options doesn’t seem to show libraries so how do I add my new “server” library to the indexed locations?

    Thanks
    Ray

  152. Nev says:

    Excellent little app.
    Does exactly as it says and is a big help.
    Thanks.

  153. Judi says:

    It is a wonderfull tool but i cannot use it.

    After clicking the apply-Button i receive following error message

    error creating library Music: Die Datei, die erstetzt werden soll, kann nicht entfernt werden (Ausnahme von HRESULT: 0×80070497)

    I run windows7 prof 32bit in german lanuage.

    I assume the translated message reads (the file which should be replaced cannot be removed (Exception of .. ))

  154. slider2nl says:

    Hi i was trying to use your program with my synology diskstation and the Windows 8 consumer preview but i get a .NET framwork library isnt installed

    • Piel says:

      I have the same problem – Works great though on Windows 7. Thank you for this tool!!!

  155. DRT says:

    Thanks so much for Win7 Library Tool. Its’s a great utility. I found a weird bug though, and, using the source code, was able to find the problem. When the LoadLibrary method of the IconExtractor class is called, one of the calls tries to load C:\ProgramFiles\Zune\ZuneResources.dll. The problem is, on my PC, I don’t have the Zune software installed in C:\ProgramFiles\Zune, so Win7 Library Tool throws a FileNotFoundException, and can’t continue.

  156. Robert says:

    I was really interested in hearing about this utility since we have several researchers in our organization that use this search function alot when looking for particular topics in our archives. I installed your app on my Windows 7, professional, 64bit laptop and added the libraries that included mapped drives using the utility. I then deleted and reindexed the search function through Windows, however I could not get the search function even to find the exact file name of a file on one of the mapped drives I had included in my Libraries.

    Is there something that I am not doing correctly in order for this to work?

    Thanks for any help you can give.

    • Mr. Bungle says:

      Unfortunately, the integrated search in Windows is rubbish, and Win 7 Library Tool does not change that fact. I recommend you use Agent Ransack or some other search utility not from Microsoft to find files on your local and mapped network drives.

  157. xpclient says:

    There is another similar tool called Winaero Librarian which also allows library management.

  158. Tim Foster says:

    Can this be updated for Windows 8 RT? I tried downloading the source into VS2012 Express but the WinLibraryTool.csproj is incompatible.

  159. Ira Shapiro says:

    Hi,
    The main feature of the Win 7 library tool is “•Add network (UNC or mapped drive) and any other un-indexed folders to libraries”

    Once an (unindexed) network folder or mapped drive (to a network folder) is added to a Win 7 library, WILL WIN 7 THEN INDEX THAT FOLDER SINCE IT IS NOW IN THE LIBRARY? Indexing is necessary to make searches for file contents to be executed quickly. Just adding the network folder isn’t enough; I need it to become indexed.

    Thanks, Ira Shapiro

  160. Richard Mutisya says:

    Hi.I had a few issues with windows 8.I have a shared drive on my server running win 2003 server.
    In the shared drive i have created folders departmental wise.That’s where users save data.I couldnt add the folder to the libraries..i even tried making the folder available offline…i really don’t know what the microsoft guys were thinking..i confess..it prompts you to restart your pc/laptop and even after all that the folders are still offline….!!!!!!

    Finally i got your tool and it worked :)
    Thanks Man!

    Richard From KENYA!!

  161. Auzman says:

    I’d like to thank you a lot for this tool!
    After getting mad around home group, synchronizations and other unuseful things, I stumbled upon your page and this tool it worked perfectly!
    Thanks again!

  162. Tom C says:

    Hi Great Program,
    Need to advise strange behavior when on Active Directory Domain.
    Setup user to have their home folder on the server mapped locally as Z:\. on the Server it is E:\users\Fred or E:\users\Mary. I now use your program to point Documents, Photos, etc to Z: etc.
    Problem, when I then go to C:\users\Mary and move the Documents folder to point to Z:\, this works, BUT all the other folders on the Server E:\Users\now show as Mary when on the Server.
    If I look at the server from the local PC and go to the E:\Users folder there are 12 Documents Folders. Z drive goes to the correct place but it is confusing if doing work on the server.
    Tom
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    Where are the library backups saved by default?
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    Not savy enough here to understand utility of mirrored libraries in context of shorter paths and entry point for Open/Save dialogs. Would experiment but don’t want to set up something I don’t know how to undo if there are problems. I have created “standard” new libraries and backed them BTW. This sort of mirror isn’t same as creating synch’d folders is it?

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