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Windows 7: Windows Explorer left pane folders (OS-generated)

07 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601)
Windows Explorer left pane folders (OS-generated)

I've lost some of the Windows-generated folders ("My Documents," etc.) How can I get them back?

The cause? I'm moving all data files to their own partition to simplify backups and minimize damage if Windows should decide to take a hike on me and, in the process, made 'em disappear, I guess.

Can I simply rename a shortcut and aim it in the right direction? For example, change properties of "My Documents (C:\Users\RJ)" to: "Data (D:\)"

For the shortcuts that have a 2nd location (in the C:\Users\Public directory), can I simply delete that reference from the shortcut? And, for these changed directory shortcuts, can I delete the actual directory on the C:\ drive?

(A side thought here: If it's possible to do this kind of deletion and have Windows sit still for it, then bingo! Problem solved.)

On the other hand, I guess all this will be for naught if these changes are too much for Windows to handle without getting into some heavy duty registry work. And I'll be stuck with a permanent irritation.


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