How to fix “library-ms no longer working” error

I was just writing another encryption tutorial when I ran across the “Documents.library-ms” is no longer working error message whilst trying to open a library on Windows 7 and Windows 8. I can’t work out what caused this message but it seems that I’m not alone. This tutorial will show you the solution.

document_library Error Dialog

First, select all the problematic libraries, right hand click and select ‘delete’. 

Note: This won’t delete the contents of the folders. Only the shortcuts.

Document Library Delete

Click ‘yes’ to confirm the deletion.

Document Library Confirm Delete

In the sidebar, right hand click on ‘Libraries’ and select ‘Restore default libraries’.

Document Library Restore Default

You should now see the libraries correctly restored.

Document Library Fixed

You have now solved the Pictures.library-ms error message. Do you know what causes this error? Leave a comment below.

Windows 8

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