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Windows 7: Cannot rename a folder "My Documents"

09 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home (64bit)
 
 
Cannot rename a folder "My Documents"

I kept deleting my My Documents folder, because I was playing around with modifications on it. Well after I deleted it, I cannot rename it My Documents. Look at my pic, in order to get a new Documents folder I had to name it My Documents_what. When I try to name it My Documents, it says that a folder with this name already exists. Please some help.



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09 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

It appears that you are creating a Library, and not dealing with the actual folders.
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09 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home (64bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
It appears that you are creating a Library, and not dealing with the actual folders.

Not sure how to read that information. Please, treat me like I'm slow. I got no idea what you said, or how it helps.
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09 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

What Deacon means is, that you are dealing with what is known as a "Library". A Library isn't really a folder, it is a pointer to many different folders. In essence... it's like a giant Dewey Decimal system, but on your computer.

The numbers in the Dewey Decimal system mean nothing, but they show you where to look. Likewise a Library on your computer shows Windows where to look.

Could you please navigate to C:\Users\<Your Username> and post a screenshot?

Thanks,
Martin.
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09 Aug 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home (64bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
Could you please navigate to C:\Users\<Your Username> and post a screenshot?

Thanks Martin, here is the screen shot. A different message is no appearing for some reason.


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09 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Ah right, I see your problem. You are confusing Windows.

Rename your folder to Documents. Not My Documents, just Documents.

Then right click My Documents_what and click Properties. Go to the Location Tab and change the path to C:\Users\James\Documents when it asks you if you want to move/merge them click Yes. Then make sure everything has moved and delete My Documents_what Refresh the Window and it SHOULD rename it to My Documents
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09 Aug 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home (64bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
Ah right, I see your problem. You are confusing Windows.

Rename your folder to Documents. Not My Documents, just Documents.

Then right click My Documents_what and click Properties. Go to the Location Tab and change the path to C:\Users\James\Documents when it asks you if you want to move/merge them click Yes. Then make sure everything has moved and delete My Documents_what Refresh the Window and it SHOULD rename it to My Documents

Here is the message I was getting before, now I am getting that message again. It will not let my name this folder Documents like you suggest.


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09 Aug 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Weird... what happens if you name it something random, like I don't know... shoe?
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09 Aug 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Dude,

Backup the contents of your My Documents_what folder to another location, delete it, then see if doing Option Two in the tutorial below to restore the default location of your My Documents folder. Once restored, you can copy the backed up contents into the restored My Documents folder.

User Folders - Restore Default Location

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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09 Aug 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home (64bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
Weird... what happens if you name it something random, like I don't know... shoe?
Lol, if you look at my posts you will see I did rename it, I can rename it everything except My Documents.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Dude,

Backup the contents of your My Documents_what folder to another location, delete it, then see if doing Option Two in the tutorial below to restore the default location of your My Documents folder. Once restored, you can copy the backed up contents into the restored My Documents folder.

User Folders - Restore Default Location

Hope this helps,
Shawn


Muhahahaahh, thank you sir. This worked.
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