Fix: Unable to open Libraries in Windows 10/8/7

Many of us are still trying to get used to the new Windows interface, so I decided to add some extra Libraries  in addition to the default ones, for easy access. I went and right-clicked on Library and clicked on New.

Windows Libraries will not open

Windows Libraries will not open

I then added a couple of Music folders, Video & my Ebook collections. Everything was working fine. One fine day they just stopped working. When I click on Library nothing used to happen. I was perplexed. In this case, some may even receive a library-ms is no longer working message.

library-ms is no longer working

I went to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Troubleshooting\All Categories and clicked on System Maintenance.


I clicked on Advanced and unchecked Apply Repair Automatically, because I wanted to know what changes were going to be applied. I ran it and applied the recommended fixes. I rebooted the system. Then I tried to access Libraries again. It still did not work.

Restore Defaults libraries

Then I remembered something I did long back on Windows 7. I went and deleted all the custom ones and default ones except Documents since that was the only one which was working fine. I right-click on Library and clicked on Restore Defaults libraries.


I then tried again and found that it had started working. Maybe the step restored all the settings.

Anyhow, everything is working as it should now. I hope you find this tip helpful. Let us know if this tip helped you.

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Shyam aka “Captain Jack” is a Microsoft MVP alumnus and a Windows Enthusiast with an interest in Advanced Windows troubleshooting. Suggestions made and opinions expressed by him here are his personal one's and not of his current employers. He blogs at