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Windows 7: Deleted "My Pictures" folder

25 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Deleted "My Pictures" folder

Hi,

I have completely deleted the My Pictures folder (C:\Users\Me\Pictures), and I cannot restore this "special" user folder.

How can I?

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25 Oct 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Hatter the Mad, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If it's still in the Recycle Bin, then you can just restore it from the Recyle Bin. If not, then you can type shell:My Pictures in the Start Menu search box to restore it. You may need to restart the computer afterwards to full apply.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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25 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the reply! I have done that, but it is not renaming itself to "My Pictures" or restoring the icon
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25 Oct 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

What is it doing instead? Could you also post a screenshot of it as well?
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25 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7
 
 

It just looks like a regular folder, called "Pictures". However, it does act like the user shell folder (i.e. when you right-click you can set its location). It just doesnt have the correct icon, nor rename itself to "My Pictures"
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25 Oct 2009   #6

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hatter The Mad View Post
Hi,

I have completely deleted the My Pictures folder (C:\Users\Me\Pictures), and I cannot restore this "special" user folder.

How can I?

First dont install anything, or empty the trash. Google undelete apps.

Ken
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25 Oct 2009   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hatter The Mad View Post
It just looks like a regular folder, called "Pictures". However, it does act like the user shell folder (i.e. when you right-click you can set its location). It just doesnt have the correct icon, nor rename itself to "My Pictures"
Did you try to manually recreate the user folder by chance?

Try OPTION TWO for the Pictures folder in the tutorial below to restore it's default location, then restart the computer. You may need to restart a couple of times though.

User Folders - Restore Default Location

If this does not help, then please post a screenshot of this folder and it's location to help determine what may have happened.
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28 Apr 2011   #8

windows 7
 
 
thank you!!!

i am so glad i found this thread!!!
i have been missing my "my pictures" folder for a few days now, & kept trying to figure out how i lost it. i was browsing similar threads to the one i posted & found this one. i tried the suggestion given (shell:My Pictures in the start menu) & got it all back just like it was before!!!
thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
xoxo Lia
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28 Apr 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome LoveLee. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.
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27 Feb 2012   #10

7 Professional, 64-bit
 
 

An easy way to restore a shell folder like My Pictures is to copy an empty one of the same name from another user, even if you have to create then later delete that other user. In the local copy, go to Properties and make sure Location is what you want. Anyone see a problem with this solution?
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