I use Windows and Office in stock form for reasons that are not of interest but if this is worth doing, why not make the call to Microsoft. It's only 50 bucks and is this problem worth that much to fix?
Often I find it's not.
I'm doing work for a client who just purchased a new laptop with Windows 7 Professional x64 and Microsoft Office 2007. His previous machine was an XP Professional with Office 2003. Everything has gone fairly well during the conversion (except for the lack of Palm Z22 drivers under Win7 x64, ugh), until he brought to my attention that when he goes to open or save files, it brought him to "a directory that has a bunch of unrecognizable documents". Upon logging into his computer, it seems as though Word automatically brings him into the 'Documents' library, rather than directly into his My Documents folder.
Thus far, I've instituted a registry modification that essentially gets rid of the Library functions within Windows Explorer, but it doesn't make it disappear from Microsoft Word, when saving or opening a document. I've also manually changed his default directories within Word itself to automatically navigate to the My Documents folder, but it seems as though it sporadically decides to pick the Library instead - which is essentially, as I've read, a 'virtual folder' that pulls documents from other locations other than his My Documents folder. I've even tried removing the Documents Library from the option list in Word, but it still brings up this random folder of documents, some of which don't even appear to be his - he's operating on a domain at work and we're able to see even random documents from other locations on a shared drive.
It's not a HUGE deal, as I've instructed him to specifically click on the 'My Documents' folder within the Favorites when he opens or saves a document, and go about business normally. However, I'm trying to make his transition go as seamless as possible, not to mention the fact that I'm personally concerned about the fact that I can't seem to disable the Libraries function altogether. I need to know the best way to circumvent this from happening; especially if I end up running into the same issue on machines that I work on in the future.
From everything I read, the only way to disable the Libraries "feature" is to use registry hacks. The only way I can think of to make the libraries nonexistent within Word is another registry hack, but there's nothing readily available that I've found on the net. I'm pretty handy, but not handy enough to go rooting around in the registry to try and edit the keys that would render the library invisible.
Has anyone else run into this issue, and if so, what's the proposed solution?