How To Fix Windows 8 Libraries Not Working

Windows 8 has library feature which allows quick access to most needed stuffs. Like, Documents, Music, Videos or Pictures stored in computer can be accessed from a single directory. What if Windows 8 Libraries stop working? Here’s how I fixed it.

Whenever I clicked Browse button, I have say OK to an error – Windows Libraries not working. To be more specific, it said- “ not working“.

pictures.library-ms no longer working

This was the case when I clicked browse for pictures. Same kind of errors kept coming like:

  • Documents.library-Ms is No Longer Working
  • Videos.library-Ms is No Longer Working
  • Music.library-Ms is No Longer Working

I don’t access Libraries to get pictures or music. But that error window which popped up whenever I clicked Browse followed by the Dang sound was irritating. I couldn’t find how this happened but fortunately found a solution to fix it.

Restoring default Windows 8 libraries is easy. Just one click and you will not face those errors anymore and Library folders will also start working.

How to Fix Library-ms is No Longer Working

In the Libraries folder, you will notice that icons of folders have changed to something else. This clearly indicates that Windows 8 Libraries are no more working and corrupted.

windows 8 libary not working

  1. Click on Explorer icon on Taskbar and access Libraries from left sidebar.
  2. Select all of them and Delete.
  3. On left sidebar of explorer window, right click on Libraries folder.
  4. Select “Restore Default Libraries
    restore windows 8 libraries
  5. Double click on library folder and check if it is opening. Repeat the procedure if still not opening.

In first attempt, default icons were restored but I still couldn’t access Windows 8 libraries. So, don’t panic. Delete and restore them again to get it back to working.

Alternative Solution (Not Recommended)

Creating new Library and including the folders you want can also be one of the solution. To do that, Right click >> New >> Library. Double click on New Library and Include folders you want. Even the type of Library can be specified and icons can be changed to suit from Properties.

I guess some 3rd party software had a control over libraries and when I uninstalled it, they were left orphan. This error is in existence since Windows 7 but still the cause behind is unknown.


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Rohit Langde is Founder and Editor-in-chief of Blogsolute. Tech Blogger by Passion & Profession | Mechanical Engineer by Qualification | Introverted Geek by Choice

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  1. Michelangelo Montgomery says:

    Yay! Thank you very much!

  2. alison mouqtassid says:

    it worked!! thank you so much

  3. Nikita Maraj says:

    Ok, whoever wrote this- I fricken love you. Thank you so much!

  4. user says:

    It worked!! Thanks a ton!

  5. WV Mom says:

    Kudos to you!! Thanks for your help.

  6. Paul says:

    Worked like a charm ๐Ÿ™‚ Many thanks.

  7. AliceAnn says:

    Excellent! Perfect! Worked first time.

  8. raefi azrani says:

    thanks mate^_^

  9. Sindhu Sp says:

    Thanks so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Alex says:

    Thank you so much! Windows 8 is really trying my patience…

  11. Jake says:

    Thanx a lot!!! It helped me a lot!!

  12. fatima says:

    thanks so much ๐Ÿ™‚ I was getting so worried!!

  13. Americo says:

    Thanks…..working great now

  14. Mike says:

    It worked just as you said, the first time. Thank you so much!

  15. Edd says:

    The solution works. The restore default libraries does not always work. My question however is, why does this happen?

  16. Fay says:

    Thanks so are a life saver

  17. Clayton says:

    You are a LEGEND thank you so much!!! NB: if like me you try deleting the not working libraries in the list that are listed on the right and it doesnt work then follow the instructions TO THE LETTER and right click on them ON THE LEFT under where it says Libraries lol

  18. JoeGuitar says:

    God bless you and THANKS!

  19. Megan says:

    Thank you sooo much! Immediately worked!

  20. Josh says:

    Yes, but will it delete all the files I have in my library folders? I do NOT want that to happen.

    • Mario L says:

      No, deleting the libraries does not delete the folders. Your files will be safe. Think of libraries as fancy shortcuts.

  21. Mario says:

    Thanks, now it works.

  22. jose p says:

    thank u so much….worked!

  23. sree says:

    Thanks a worked.

  24. Misty says:

    You are my hero right now. Was ready to throw this laptop through a window. But this worked!! THANK YOU!!!!

  25. John says:

    Thankyou very much, excellent solution

  26. Valle Oberg says:

    Thank you, it works exactly as described. ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Mike says:

    Thank you so much you’ve been very helpful!

  28. yeldar says:

    Thank u thank u thank u!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  29. TechKenya says:

    Thank you !!!

  30. Rodney Goitia says:

    Thank you a lot…

  31. Martin says:

    you rock on

    thank you so much

    works great

  32. V says:

    Ah wonderful person! Thank you!

  33. Thankful Mama says:

    OMG! My daughters new Windows 8 started this 3 weeks ago. I couldnt figure it out. THANKS. When I first clicked “Restore Library” nothing happened. I actually clicked each folder (Documents, Music….) and deleted it. I went back to the library icon on the side bar and right clicked again. i cliced Restore Library and it worked! aLL OF HER FILES ARE BACK!

    thank you!!!!

  34. Mark says:

    It worked! THank you!!

  35. Diana U. says:

    Oh my gosh, thank you so much! <3

  36. carl p says:

    microsoft need to sort out this little annoying bug it is a good method to fixing it tho had to delete all lirbraries an then restore ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. RRP says:

    Thank you – worked for me too!

  38. T Marker says:

    Worked great. Thanks for the help.

  39. Peter Forint says:

    Thank you for your solution!

  40. Max says:

    Thank you. This was the first link I found on Google, by the way. THANKS GOOGLE!

  41. LYSSETTE GRAY says:


  42. Jared says:

    Thanks so much

  43. Arctyc says:

    All I can say is THANK YOU! Major major help and it worked like a charm on the first try!

  44. Nick says:

    Thank you thank you thank you I seriously almost started crying when this happened

  45. joyce says:

    oh u just saved me from launching this thing out the window

  46. Bob says:

    Worked, you rock dude!

  47. Kaci says:

    THANK YOU! I was so scared all my pictures and files were gone….very simple and clear, thanks so much <3

  48. Gail says:

    Thanks so much! it Worked! Before I found this fix I went to the Microsoft Support desk and they wanted to charge me $99 to correct this problem!

  49. Robert says:

    Thanks for the Help.

  50. Tamara says:

    I don’t know who you are but I love you! It worked! Thank you so much for writing this, you just saved my life!

  51. Udayshy says:

    Hei thanxx a lot for dis ..

  52. C.W.Carson says:

    I want to thank you for Info. on fixing my library .

  53. Andy says:

    I spent hours trying to fix this problem, thank you very much, it worked first time.

  54. Andrew says:

    This works for every folder except for my Games folder. Great tutorial but the Games folder is something I really need at the moment..

  55. C says:

    Thanks for this solution! My computer just started doing this today, it was already getting on my nerves.

  56. Brad F. says:

    Thanks for the tip! For a moment there, I thought I’d lost all my data. I found it, but I couldn’t deal with having the broken links. I like being able to access my information through the Libraries links, so your post was very helpful!

  57. Jacob K. says:

    Right now my friend… YOU are my HERO. Jeebus I was frustrated with this issue. Thanks a million for helping me resolve it.

  58. kay says:

    thank youi

  59. luiz says:

    If it’s not work, first remove all the links in the library and then click in “restore…”

    thanks for the post

  60. Jim Stokoe says:

    Thank you. You stopped the heart sinking feeling!

  61. Kevin the Viking says:

    Thanks! I thought uh-oh! but this worked first time!

  62. Sophie says:

    Omg!! Thank you so much!! I almost cried when i thought all my pictures and videos were all gone, thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!

  63. John says:

    I followed your instructions , it worked perfectly. All of my data is intact!

  64. Tia says:

    OMG! Thank you so much!!!

  65. Martin says:

    Awesome! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks! It really worked! ๐Ÿ˜€

  66. Roger says:


  67. Donna says:


  68. Hannah says:

    I know there are 73 other comments telling you just how amazing you are, but after the most disgusting feeling of thinking a second laptop has broken within a year, to come across this wonderful blog which explained how to fix it so well, I feel the need to re-iterate, that you are an absolute life saver!!

  69. Sharon says:

    Thanks so much the help was a life saver.

  70. Lizzy V says:

    Thank you so much it worked….I cant believe the hassles this Windows 8 is giving me.
    I purchase a HP Pavilion 2 weeks ago and my mouse pad and key have stopped working and when I could not access to my Docs I was so upset….

    Thanks a Million

  71. Tom Walsh says:

    hate windows 8. operating computers for 40 years, but you settle my problem with 5 keystrokes. great job.

  72. Ciara says:

    omg u just saved my life!!!!!! thankyou so much!!!

  73. Stef says:

    THANK YOU!!!! I was freaking out!

  74. Maeve says:


  75. Sara says:

    Thank you so much!! I started getting “Your computer had an issue and had to restart” type messages and then this library problem came up and I about lost my mind! I haven’t done anything in the past week and all of a sudden I had these issues. THANK YOU!!!

  76. JoAnna Jordan says:

    Wow! All I can say is, “Thank you”. You are amazing. I didn’t have to take a survey, download any crap, listen to any adds, etc., etc., etc., !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You just explained how to fix the problem and within 5 minutes my libraries were restored and working. You are amazing. Thank you again so much.

  77. chrystal says:

    if i do this, will it delete my thousands of pictures and videos i have saved on my computer ? i want to try but i dont want to “delete libraries folder” if it will wipe out all my photos ๐Ÿ™

  78. jack says:

    it worked!! after resorting to the default libraries all of my files where back! thanks.

  79. Kieran says:


  80. izzudin says:

    it’s working…thnx you… ๐Ÿ™‚

  81. MD says:

    Thanks, have not know how to fix this for a year. Thanks, Thanks, Thanks!

  82. Rod. Nicky the Nark says:

    If you are getting this problem on widows 8 download windows 8.1 this cures it

  83. Chantl Martin says:

    Oh wow! Thanks so much! You just saved me so much time and sanity! You are appreciated!

  84. Hong Ngo says:

    OMG you’re amazing! My life was in those folders and I almost had a break down. I almost had to pay Geeksquad $69.99 to help with this. By any chance, does anyone know why this happened? Anyways, thank you so much and keep doing what you do. God bless you !!

  85. Roger Fajman says:

    Did the trick for me too. Thanks.

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