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Windows 7: Restoring user folders after mess-up

04 Feb 2010   #1

winxp pro, Vista home pro x64, win7 pro x86 & x64
Restoring user folders after mess-up

Hi folks

I wanted to change my user folders to a second drive, to have all documents/pics etc there.

I made the mistake of pointing all folders to the root path of "My documents" resulting in a user tree like the attached pic.

I need to know how to point each one to the correct location, that is My Documents to My documents, My Pictures to My Documents\My Pictures etc.

Can you please help me?



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04 Feb 2010   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello DM,

This may be able to help you out.
  • Backup anything that you do not want to lose in these folders to a different location.
  • Delete the user folders that do not have a "Location" tab in the properties page.
  • Restore the default locations of these user folders using OPTION TWO in the tutorial below.
User Folders - Restore Default Location

Hope this helps,
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04 Feb 2010   #3

winxp pro, Vista home pro x64, win7 pro x86 & x64


Using Registry hack resolved it. The first option (Through User Folder Properties / restore default) didn't help because when I tried it every other link got the same change (they DID point to the same path so Win got confused...).

Now I have them where they should, on the second drive, and with correct names...

Thanks again


Do you have any idea what's happening here:
Windows explorer changing/taking focus +more
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04 Feb 2010   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome DM.

I'm not sure about the other issue, but I'll post something to check over there though.
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