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Windows 7: Downloads link under Favorites error

24 Aug 2011   #1
braedibug

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Downloads link under Favorites error

Thank you for this tutorial! I'm either not doing something right or this isn't the right solution to my problem..

Earlier today my husband wanted to sync his old ipod to our new computer. I also have my ipod synced to the same computer. When I was trying to figure out how to move songs from the ipod to the computer, I came across SharePod. I ran it on my computer and copied the files from the ipod to my computer just as the program had intended me to do. When I went back to itunes all my previous songs had (!) next to them and they couldn't be played because they could not be found.

I went to try to open the folder all my music was in (Downloads, under Favorites) but this is what I see:



..and so begins my Googling how to fix this problem, which eventually led me here.

I thought I needed to run the LNK fix but it didn't change anything, so now I have no clue what I did, what I'm doing, or what I need to do to get this back to normal so I can access my Downloads folder.

Thanks SO much in advance for any help you may be able to offer.


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24 Aug 2011   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Braedibug, and welcome to Seven Forums.

See if using the folder and directory downloads instead may be able to fix this.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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24 Aug 2011   #3
braedibug

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Braedibug, and welcome to Seven Forums.

See if using the folder and directory downloads instead may be able to fix this.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Thank you for the quick reply, Shawn! Unfortunately, neither of those fixed my problem. I've now tried the lnk, exe, folder and directory fixes. I've been able to merge them all and it tells me it was done successfully, just not successfully enough I guess..lol. Not sure what else to try.

Thanks again!
Brenon
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24 Aug 2011   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Brenon,

You could also do a system restore (at boot if needed) using a restore point dated before SharePod was installed and this issue started to see if it may be able to undo it.
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24 Aug 2011   #5
braedibug

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Brenon,

You could also do a system restore (at boot if needed) using a restore point dated before SharePod was installed and this issue started to see if it may be able to undo it.
I did actually do a system restore last night and restored it to August 20th. It said my files and folders won't be affected, so I guess I wasn't too surprised when it didn't work.
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24 Aug 2011   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Just to be sure, what specifically are you clicking on when it gives you this error?
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24 Aug 2011   #7
braedibug

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Just to be sure, what specifically are you clicking on when it gives you this error?
I'm clicking on the "downloads" folder under "favorites" on the left-hand side. I click on the folder and that error pops up.

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24 Aug 2011   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Ok, good we're on the same page then.

Are you able to open your C:\Users\(user-name)\Downloads folder directly in Windows Explorer?

If so, then delete the broken Downloads link under Favorites, then create a new link for your C:\Users\(user-name)\Downloads folder or use this tutorial to restore Downloads under Favorites.


If not, then double check using OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to make sure that your C:\Users\(user-name)\Downloads folder is set to it's default location.
User Folders - Restore Default Location
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24 Aug 2011   #9
braedibug

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote:
Are you able to open your C:\Users\(user-name)\Downloads folder directly in Windows Explorer?
I went and looked to see if I can open it and there is no downloads folder in that location..weird.

Quote:
If so, then delete the broken Downloads link under Favorites, then create a new link for your C:\Users\(user-name)\Downloads folder or use this tutorial to restore Downloads under Favorites.
I guess I can't since there's no Downloads folder there..lol!


Quote:
If not, then double check using OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to make sure that your C:\Users\(user-name)\Downloads folder is set to it's default location.
User Folders - Restore Default Location
So I thought since I technically can't open something that's not there, I would try Option 2, but it's not listed in the shell folders there either. What the heck did I do to my poor computer?

Thanks again for all your help!

EDIT: wait! I found downloads in the shell folders..I'll let you know if I figure this out.
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24 Aug 2011   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Go ahead and do all of OPTION TWO in the tutorial below then to see if it will be able to restore your C:\Users\(user-name)\Downloads folder afterwards. Once restored, the Downloads under Favorites should work again as well.

User Folders - Restore Default Location
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