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Windows 7: Desktop Bug? Creating Duplicate Instances Of Same File

29 Sep 2012   #11
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Unfortunately no

Do the entries in this key look right?
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders


Try running a Registry cleaner (e.g. CCleaner or other), but don't clean the Registry.
Check the report and see if you notice anything unusual (like a key pointing to the old Desktop location).

It might be worth trying this with several cleaners, as I have noticed that they all seem to detect different things.


You could also try running "Process Monitor" and checking the Registry calls when you save something to the Desktop.
Process Monitor


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29 Sep 2012   #12
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Did you delete the old User file (Method 1, Step 15)?
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30 Sep 2012   #13
Hashim

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
Do the entries in this key look right?
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
Try running a Registry cleaner (e.g. CCleaner or other), but don't clean the Registry.
Check the report and see if you notice anything unusual (like a key pointing to the old Desktop location).

It might be worth trying this with several cleaners, as I have noticed that they all seem to detect different things.

You could also try running "Process Monitor" and checking the Registry calls when you save something to the Desktop.
Process Monitor
I've just checked the Shell Folders, everything is looking as it should.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Did you delete the old User file (Method 1, Step 15)?
Yes, I deleted the old User file in the C drive right after I copied it to my second drive.

An update on this, ladies and gents: I've managed to fix this problem.

Although I'm not 100% sure on what exactly was causing it, I know that it was something to do with the second User Account on the system, which was the User Account I especially created to make the registry changes to my original User Account. The account must have been corrupt or something. Either way, when I deleted it the problem disappeared and my desktop was back to normal.

And, just as a test to ensure it wasn't a case of there being a bug preventing me from creating more than one user account without them sharing the same desktop, I then created another User Account and, surely enough, both desktops were working as they should be, independently of each other - reinforcing the idea that the other User Account must have been somehow corrupted.

Thanks again for all of your time and advice, everyone, been much appreciated. I'm glad I've finally got this sorted.

I bid you all adieu... until the next time I manage to muck up my shiny new Windows 7. :P
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30 Sep 2012   #14
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Mysterious. Good to hear you found a solution Hashim.
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05 Oct 2012   #15
S1mp10

32 bit
 
 

Any progress on solving your problem? I have a similar issue with my PC.
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