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Windows 7: Win 7 won't let me rename a folder to 'My Music'

10 Jun 2013   #11
haggis999

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (desktop); Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (laptop)
 
 

I've just rechecked the Option 2 instructions more carefully. Since the declared purpose was to "Restore the Default Location of User Folders", when I saw Step 8 entitled "To Restore the Default My Music Folder Location" I assumed that executing the file downloaded in Step 8 was the end of the process. I therefore never read Steps 16-28 until now!

That just proves you should never make assumptions...

I have rebooted the machine and C:\Users\David\Music does indeed have a 'Location' tab in its properties. However, I will now have a go at running Steps 16-28.

David


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10 Jun 2013   #12
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You'll need to start over with OPTION TWO for it to work, but yeah it needs to be done completely.
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10 Jun 2013   #13
haggis999

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (desktop); Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (laptop)
 
 

I've now re-run Option 2 properly. The My Music system folder setting in the registry had been pointing at my Documents folder rather than my David folder and that explains some of my previous problems.

Once again, I attempted to rename the C:\Users\David\My Documents\Music folder to My Music and once again I was told that My Music already existed and was offered an opportunity, as before, to merge the folders. This time it let the merge proceed. The end result was that the contents of C:\Users\David\My Documents\Music was moved to C:\Users\David\Music.

That's still not what I was aiming for but I think the quirky behaviour has now gone away. A second look at the setup on my desktop PC shows that I have been using a library called Music to reference a folder called C:\Users\David\My Documents\My Music (which is NOT a system folder). There is a system folder called C:\Users\David\My Music but that is not in active use.

This raises an entirely new question. Am I missing some useful benefits on my desktop PC by not using a system folder for storing music files?

David
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10 Jun 2013   #14
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You will not be able to physically rename the folder. Doing so will mess it up, so don't.

In your Music library's properties, check to make sure that you only have a C:\Users\David\Music (your My Music folder) and C:\Users\Public\Music folder included in it. Remove any others for your Music folder.
Library - Include a Folder

Library - Remove a Included Folder
Does it work properly now, and do you have a "My Music" folder in your C:\Users\David folder now?

If not, then now that you got the merge situated with your "My Music" folder no longer located in your "My Documents" folder, try going through all of OPTION TWO again.
User Folders - Restore Default Location
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10 Jun 2013   #15
haggis999

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (desktop); Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (laptop)
 
 

I now have a conventional My Music system folder on my laptop that is working fine in the David folder. However, as explained in my last post, this does not match the configuration on my desktop, where no system folder is in active use for music storage.

I want to be able to use file synch software to ensure that all my personal files (incl music files) on the laptop are a clone of those on my desktop PC. This process would be made much simpler if the folder structures were identical, which currently they are not.

This means that I am faced with the decision to stop using a system folder for music on my laptop or start using a system folder on my desktop. That is why I asked my question about the benefits of using system folders.

David
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10 Jun 2013   #16
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

If you wanted to know why you cannot rename the folder to "My Music' is because there is a hidden folder with the documents folder already called "My Music" it is a junction point to the new "Music" location for old software. Bust instead of renaming the Music folder, throw in the desktop.ini files that was in the previous Music folder that way you will get your "My Music" label without conflicting results.
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10 Jun 2013   #17
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

David,

If you mean for your "Music" library or a shortcut of it on your desktop, then you could sync it to have all the included folders in the library synced as well.

Do you have the correct folders included in the library?

I'm not sure of what you mean by "However, as explained in my last post, this does not match the configuration on my desktop, where no system folder is in active use for music storage.". Could you explain this more with some screenshots?
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10 Jun 2013   #18
haggis999

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (desktop); Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (laptop)
 
 

I don't have any issues with library folders. It is the use of the special 'system folders' we have been discussing in this thread that is the key difference between how I store music files on my desktop PC vs my laptop.

David
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10 Jun 2013   #19
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

David,

If you like, you could create a homegroup on the desktop and join the homegroup from the laptop. This way you will be able easily share files in your user folders and libraries between them.

Another option, depending on how much music you have, is to save the music on SkyDrive to be able to use on any PC that you have the SkyDrive desktop app installed on and signed in to. You get 7 GB of storage free on SkyDrive. You can have more storage space available, but it wouldn't be free.
SkyDrive Desktop App - Install or Uninstall in Windows

SkyDrive Desktop App - Start or Close in Windows
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