.LIBRARY-MS File Recovery

Have files been deleted due to a user’s error or software error? Have you formatted a disk by accident and need to know how to recover the files? Read our .LIBRARY-MS file recovery guide for Windows, MacOS, Android and IOS in 2024.

LIBRARY-MS File Recovery

What is a .LIBRARY-MS file?

Operating system file introduced with Microsoft Windows 7; appears as a subfolder within the Libraries folder in the left side panel of the Windows Explorer; includes references to one or more folders that can be browsed when the library is opened.

What Are Common Causes of ".LIBRARY-MS" Files Lost or Failure?

There can be several common causes for ".LIBRARY-MS" files lost or failure, including:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete ".LIBRARY-MS" files while organizing or cleaning up their files and folders.
  2. File system corruption: Issues with the file system, such as disk errors or improper shutdowns, can lead to corruption or loss of ".LIBRARY-MS" files.
  3. Malware or virus infection: Malicious software or viruses can damage or delete ".LIBRARY-MS" files as part of their destructive activities.
  4. Software conflicts: Conflicts between different software programs or incompatible software versions can cause ".LIBRARY-MS" files to become inaccessible or corrupted.
  5. Hardware issues: Problems with the storage device where the ".LIBRARY-MS" files are stored, such as a failing hard drive or faulty memory card, can result in file loss or corruption.
  6. Operating system errors: Errors or glitches within the operating system can cause ".LIBRARY-MS" files to become lost or fail.
  7. Human error: Mistakes made by users, such as improper file manipulation or accidental formatting of storage devices, can lead to the loss or failure of ".LIBRARY-MS" files.

It is important to regularly back up important files, including ".LIBRARY-MS" files, to prevent data loss in case of any of these common causes.

How to recover lost ".LIBRARY-MS" files?

Sometimes while working with a computer, laptop or other stationary or mobile devices, you may encounter various bugs, freezes, hardware or software failures, even in spite of regular updates and junk cleaning. As a result, an important ".LIBRARY-MS" file may be deleted.

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By no means should you think that the only way to recover a ".LIBRARY-MS" file is always to create it once more.

Use programs for recovering ".LIBRARY-MS" files if a file was lost after accidental or deliberate deleting, formatting the memory card or the internal storage, cleaning the storage device, after a virus attack or a system failure.

Programs to recover ".LIBRARY-MS" files

Looking for a way to get files back? In cases when files were deleted and they cannot be restored by using standard operating system tools, use Hetman Partition Recovery.

The tool recovers data from any devices, regardless of the cause of data loss.

Follow the directions below:

  1. Download Hetman Partition Recovery, install and start the program.

  2. The program will automatically scan the computer and display all hard disks and removable drives connected to it, as well as physical and local disks.

    File Recovery Software
  3. Double-click on the disk from which you need to recover ".LIBRARY-MS" files, and select analysis type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Analysis Type
  4. When the scanning is over, you will be shown the files for recovery.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Files that Can be Restored
  5. To find a file you need, use the program’s interface to open the folder it was deleted from, or go to the folder "Content-Aware Analysis" and select the required file type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Deep Scan
  6. Select the files you have been looking for and click "Recovery".

    File Recovery Software - Files List for Recovery
  7. Choose one of the methods for saving the files and recover them.

    Saving recovered files in Hetman Partition Recovery

How to open file with ".LIBRARY-MS" extension?

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Programs that open ".LIBRARY-MS" files

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Additional Information

  • File type: Windows Library Description File

  • File extension: .LIBRARY-MS

  • Developer: Microsoft

  • Category: System Files

  • Format: Text


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Questions and answers

  • What is the purpose of the ".LIBRARY-MS repair" feature in Windows?

    The ".LIBRARY-MS repair" feature in Windows is designed to fix issues related to libraries in the operating system. Libraries are collections of folders that provide a centralized location for storing and organizing files. They allow users to access and manage files from various locations in a unified manner.

    Sometimes, due to certain errors or corruption, the libraries in Windows may become inaccessible or dysfunctional. This can result in issues like missing or broken library icons, inability to add or remove folders from libraries, or problems with file indexing and search functionality.

    The ".LIBRARY-MS repair" feature helps to resolve these issues by automatically detecting and repairing problems with libraries. It scans the libraries, identifies any errors or inconsistencies, and attempts to fix them. This can involve tasks such as rebuilding the library database, reindexing files, or restoring missing or incorrect settings.

    By using this feature, users can restore the proper functioning of libraries in Windows, ensuring that they can efficiently organize and access their files.

  • How can I troubleshoot and fix issues related to the ".LIBRARY-MS" files?

    To troubleshoot and fix issues related to the ".LIBRARY-MS" files, you can follow these steps:

    1. Restart your computer: Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve temporary issues with the ".LIBRARY-MS" files.
    2. Run System File Checker (SFC) scan: This built-in Windows tool scans for corrupt system files and replaces them with the correct versions. To run an SFC scan, follow these steps:
    • Press the Windows key + X and select "Command Prompt (Admin)" or "Windows PowerShell (Admin)".
    • In the command prompt window, type "sfc /scannow" and press Enter.
    • Wait for the scan to complete and follow any instructions provided.

    Perform a DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) scan: DISM can fix issues that SFC cannot. To run a DISM scan, follow these steps:

    • Open a command prompt as an administrator.
    • Type "DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth" and press Enter.
    • Wait for the scan to complete and follow any instructions provided.

    Update Windows: Make sure your operating system is up to date with the latest patches and updates. Microsoft often releases updates to fix known issues, including those related to ".LIBRARY-MS" files. To update Windows, follow these steps:

    • Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app.
    • Go to "Update & Security" and click on "Check for updates".
    • If updates are available, download and install them.
    1. Check for malware: Malware infections can sometimes cause issues with system files. Run a full scan with a reliable antivirus or antimalware software to check for and remove any infections.
    2. Restore from a system restore point: If the issues with ".LIBRARY-MS" files started recently, you can try restoring your computer to a previous state when the files were working correctly. To do this, follow these steps:
    • Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
    • Type "rstrui" and press Enter to open the System Restore wizard.
    • Follow the on-screen instructions to choose a restore point and restore your computer.

    Reset or reinstall affected applications: If the issues persist with specific applications, try resetting or reinstalling them. This can help resolve any conflicts or corruption related to the ".LIBRARY-MS" files used by those applications.

    If none of these steps resolve the issues with ".LIBRARY-MS" files, you may need to seek further assistance from Microsoft support or a qualified technician.

  • Are there any specific tools or methods available to perform a ".LIBRARY-MS repair" in Windows?

    There are no specific tools or methods available to perform a ".LIBRARY-MS repair" in Windows. The .LIBRARY-MS file format is used by Windows to create Library folders, and if there is an issue with a specific Library, it is recommended to recreate the Library folder or restore it from a backup.

    To recreate a Library folder in Windows, you can follow these steps:

    1. Open Windows Explorer (File Explorer).
    2. Right-click on the Libraries section in the left-hand navigation pane.
    3. Select "New" and then "Library".
    4. Rename the new Library folder if desired.
    5. Right-click on the new Library folder and select "Properties".
    6. In the Properties window, click on the "Include a folder" button.
    7. Browse and select the folder(s) you want to include in the Library.
    8. Click on the "Include folder" button.
    9. Repeat steps 6-8 to add more folders if needed.
    10. Click "OK" to save the changes.

    If you have a backup of the .LIBRARY-MS file, you can try restoring it to its original location. Simply replace the existing .LIBRARY-MS file with the backup copy.

    It's worth noting that if the issue is not specifically related to the .LIBRARY-MS file, but rather with the functionality or behavior of Libraries in general, you may need to troubleshoot or repair other aspects of Windows or perform general system maintenance.

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