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Windows 7: Can't rename "Documents" library to "Comics"

28 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Can't rename "Documents" library to "Comics"

So here's what happened:


I was using my "Documents" library as a shortcut to my comics folder. I did this because I wanted my comics folder to be accessible through the upper right section of the start menu. So I renamed it to "Comics", and all was well. That is, until I installed the windows 7 service pack 1 update. After that, the library was renamed "Documents", and whenever I'd try to change it back to "Comics", it would simply revert after hitting enter. I even tried changing the name through the "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders" registry key, but that didn't work either.


I'm certain it has something to do with the Service Pack 1 update. I assume during the update, as the Documents library was named "Comics", it sort of amalgamated that name with "Documents", expecting that to be the title, and now it can't tell a difference. I should point out though, when I do change it to "Comics", it does show up as Comics.library-ms under the registry key I mentioned.


Any suggestions?

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30 Mar 2011   #2

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Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Hello FrozenInferno and welcome to Seven Forums.

Don't know if this will help or not because there seems to be a dependency between SP1 and default folder names. But it might be worth a try.

Uninstall SP1

How to uninstall Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

Make sure "Documents" is still named "Documents" and not "Comics" (default name/setting)

Reinstall SP1

Learn how to install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

Try changing "Documents" to "Comics" after SP1 is installed.

And I would definitely make restore points and preferably a full system image just in case. Please post back and let us know if this helped or not.
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30 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply, marsmimar. Your suggestion didn't seem to work.
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30 Mar 2011   #4

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Would it help your situation to create a new library folder called "Comics"?

New Library - Create
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30 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Well I understand I can create a new library, but I won't be able to access it through the upper right section of the start menu, which is where I prefer to access my library folders from.

Either way, I'd still be curious as to the source of the problem.
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30 Mar 2011   #6

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Something like this you can have multiple folders or multiple items or both you can even put a program in there to.
Jerry


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30 Mar 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Hmm, that's cool. How would I go about doing it?
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30 Mar 2011   #8

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FrozenInferno View Post
Hmm, that's cool. How would I go about doing it?
Right click on the Start Button or Taskbar > Properties > Go to the Start Menu tab & click on Customize.
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> In the Customize Start Menu window check Downloads Display as a menu.
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> Then right click on Download button & rename to your liking.
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It renames the Downloads folder in your user folder to your new name
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You will need to start downloading things to your desktop with no download folder. & clean out your download folder. Then put your stuff in that folder(new name one)
It's not perfect but it works
Jerry


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30 Mar 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Oh, I thought you were implying there was a way to add a custom library folder there. That's definitely an alternative, but I'd prefer something a little less provisional.
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30 Mar 2011   #10
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FrozenInferno View Post
So here's what happened:


I was using my "Documents" library as a shortcut to my comics folder. I did this because I wanted my comics folder to be accessible through the upper right section of the start menu. So I renamed it to "Comics", and all was well. That is, until I installed the windows 7 service pack 1 update. After that, the library was renamed "Documents", and whenever I'd try to change it back to "Comics", it would simply revert after hitting enter. I even tried changing the name through the "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders" registry key, but that didn't work either.


I'm certain it has something to do with the Service Pack 1 update. I assume during the update, as the Documents library was named "Comics", it sort of amalgamated that name with "Documents", expecting that to be the title, and now it can't tell a difference. I should point out though, when I do change it to "Comics", it does show up as Comics.library-ms under the registry key I mentioned.


Any suggestions?
Hello FrozenInferno,

You might see if you may be able to rename the library after doing this:

Library - Cannot Rename Fix

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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