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Windows 7: Directories renamed


11 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Directories renamed

I always keep my data on a separate disk to the OS, so i can restore / upgrade without impacting my data.
The issue i am seeing is
i have a number of users who all have their data on the d:\ drive in directories called
d:\user1s Documents
d:\user2s Documents
d:\user3s Documents

In the cmd prompt this still looks right, however in explorer all i now see is 3 sets of "My Documents" folders in the d:\ drive
The same applies to photos and music.
Where can i turn off this annoying behaviour with in windows 7 so i see the real locations? This behaviour appears to be a recent change
Thanks
Andrew


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11 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AndrewW View Post
I always keep my data on a separate disk to the OS, so i can restore / upgrade without impacting my data.
The issue i am seeing is
i have a number of users who all have their data on the d:\ drive in directories called
d:\user1s Documents
d:\user2s Documents
d:\user3s Documents

In the cmd prompt this still looks right, however in explorer all i now see is 3 sets of "My Documents" folders in the d:\ drive
The same applies to photos and music.
Where can i turn off this annoying behaviour with in windows 7 so i see the real locations? This behaviour appears to be a recent change
Thanks
Andrew
I'm not too sure of how to turn the behaviour off, because this is condired to be a "feature" of the whole virtual folder solution. For example, I redirected "My Documents" to point to "F:\Documents", but when I go to F:, I see "My Documents".

The folder name hasn't changed, it's just displayed that way.

One solution that you can try is to create 3 folders:
  • D:\User 1
  • D:\User 2
  • D:\User 3
And then in each, create a "Documents" folder (or "Pictures", "Videos", etc...):
  • D:\User 1\Documents
  • D:\User 2\Documents
  • D:\User 3\Documents
And then redirect the "My Documents" folder for each user into the relevant location.

I'd also recommend creating each "User X" folder from within the relevant user profile, so that permissions from that profile will be applied.
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11 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Why do the directories only rename them selves slowly ? if there some sort of scheduled job
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11 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AndrewW View Post
Why do the directories only rename them selves slowly ? if there some sort of scheduled job
No. file/folder renames happen instantly.

If you are having trouble, then perhaps if you run a disk check?
  1. Click the Start Orb
  2. Click "Computer"
  3. Right-Click the drive you want to check, and select "Properties"
  4. Under "Tools", "Error Checking", click "Check Now"
  5. Turn on "Automatically fix file system errors"
  6. Click "Start"
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11 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Dzomlija
at the os level this is correct, but these aliases take weeks to happen, not sure what triggers its,
I rename them back, and there fine for a bit then suddenly all renamed again.

Where is this alias name stored, a file or registery, and can i modify it
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11 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Why bother with redirecting them in the first place? I keep all of my important files on my second physical drive (D in folders, but I don't ever change the redirection. This way, my folders aren't bungled up by permissions issues. If I had multiple users, I'd just put security on the folders.
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11 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AndrewW View Post
Dzomlija
at the os level this is correct, but these aliases take weeks to happen, not sure what triggers its,
I rename them back, and there fine for a bit then suddenly all renamed again.

Where is this alias name stored, a file or registery, and can i modify it
Try this:
  1. Close all open Windows Explorer views
  2. Press <WINDOWS_LOGO_KEY>+<R>
  3. Type "RUN" (without quotes) and press <ENTER>
  4. In the command prompt window, type "D:" and press <ENTER>
  5. type "CD \Documents" and press <ENTER>. (Substitute Documents forthat actual folder name of "My Documents". If the name contains spaces, enclose it in quotes
  6. type "ATTRIB -S -R -H DESKTOP.INI" and press <ENTER>
  7. type "NOTEPAD DESKTOP.INI" and press <ENTER>
  8. Press <CTRL>+<P> and print a copy of the DESKTOP.INI file for reference, in case you want to change the display name back to the default "My Documents"
  9. Change the value of "LocalizedResourceName=" to whatever you want. In the screenshots below, I used "These are MY Documents!"
  10. Close Notepad, and save changes
  11. Go back to the Command Prompt
  12. type "ATTRIB +S +R +H DESKTOP.INI" and press <ENTER>
  13. Repeat steps 5 to 12 for the other user's "My Documents" folders
  14. type "EXIT" and press <ENTER>
  15. Open Window Explorer, navigate to you D:, and presto, a custom display name for "My Documents", as shown in the following screenshots:
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12 Aug 2010   #8

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks Dzomlija, thats the file i was looking for
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12 Aug 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AndrewW View Post
Thanks Dzomlija, thats the file i was looking for
Glad it worked for you, Andrew.

In fact, it has prompted me to write a tutorial on how to do this, so that other users who have the same problem will be able to fix it too...
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12 Aug 2010   #10

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Can you provide a link to the tutorial please? There are so many it's sometimes hard to find one.
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