tips some months ago, I began by focusing on answering the most common questions I received about Microsoft’s new OS.
And while I probably can’t solve every single one of these issues here, let’s at least make a start. As a refresher, Windows 8 libraries work just like those in Windows 7.
By default, each pre-made library in Windows 8 includes, or aggregates, two physical disk locations: A “My” folder in your user folder (like My Documents) and a Public folder (like Public Documents).
Many people of course never think about these things, and just use the system normally.
But those of us with more complex needs often modify these libraries.
For example, in 2012: A Cloud Odyssey - From Live Mesh to Sky Drive, I discussed how I reconfigure some libraries—Documents, especially, but also Pictures—to include locations in Sky Drive so that my content is automatically replicated to the cloud and my other PCs.
And on my main desktop PC, I remove the two default Videos library locations (My Videos and Public Videos) and use a location (D:\Videos) on my large data drive instead.Anyway, there are various ways you can use libraries in Windows 8, but the point here is that certain apps—including Xbox Music and Xbox Video— you use libraries, because they look to these libraries for content.Xbox Music will only “look” in your Music library for music, and Xbox Video is attached to your Videos library.(To test this, simply copy some content into a relevant folder and see that it appears in the appropriate app.) For some, of course, copying the content to the PC is not an option.Perhaps there’s too much of it: You’ve got a huge collection of music and/or videos on a home server, some other PC, or other network-attached storage, for example.Or maybe you’re using an SSD-based tablet or Ultrabook and simply don’t have the space to store a decent subset of your media collection on the device.