wee eddie Like you I prefered the XP system of filing. On W7 what I did was to partition my main drive into C: (all system files and installed programmes). Then in the other (F:) partition, I have a main folder : "My Documents", with all the old XP sub folders (My pictures, my music etc - I also moved my Outlook to this - My Outlook). I actually then "told" the library where these files were - it does not actually move them but acts rather like the "Playlist" feature in i Tunes. In this way I continue to make "mirror" copies of "My Documents" using Synchtoy or Freefilesynch on to a second drive, and make ATI images of the C: drive. Why not keep the possibility of using libraries for a while in case you find a use for it - you can keep the actual files wherever you want.I actually just copied all the XP "My Documents" to the new PC by using a USB HD.
wee eddie. If you decide to go down the "My Documents" route, I think you can - indeed - ignore them and use the traditional system as I do. eg my i Tunes are in F:\ My Documents\ My Music \ iTunes. With recent drives of 500gig or more I suspect the space saving of deleting them would be marginal.