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On my Windows 7 installation, the Library view disappeared from my navigation pane in Windows Explorer. They can be accessed via Desktop still, but is there a way to get the library back as a separate item in the Navigation Pane?

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I am not sure this will work in your case but I think its better to try something than nothing. After I disabled it purposely this procedure is what I followed to enable Libraries again.

1) WinKey+R

2) Type regedit and Click OK

3) Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}\ShellFolder

4) Select the Shell Folder Folder then Go to Edit Menu >> Select Permissions. Permissions Widow will pop -up , Under security Tab >> Select Administrator >> Tick Full Control >> click Apply and OK.

5) When you select the Shell Folder, in the right pane you will find Attributes >> Select The Attribute >> go to Edit Menu >> Click on Modify >> Input this value b080010d

6) Make sure the Base is opted for Hexadecimal

7) Click OK

8) Restart

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If the navigation pane only shows the Desktop, and the Libraries as child item, this is easy to fix:

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Just right-click on the free area below the icons in the navigation pane and de-select the option "Show all folders".

Then, the Libraries are again shown as a separate item in the navigation pane:

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