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Windows 7: How to delete default folders in User folder?

22 Aug 2015   #1
mc510

Win7 x64
 
 
How to delete default folders in User folder?

I want to delete the folder "c:\users\me\Videos" so that I can create a symbolic link called "Videos" that points to my secondary data drive. But when I open cmd as administrator and type "rmdir Videos" I get "Access is denied." What do I need to do?


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23 Aug 2015   #2
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

You might try these steps:
User Folders - Change Default Location
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24 Aug 2015   #3
mc510

Win7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
You might try these steps:
User Folders - Change Default Location
I've tried that, but I don't like the results. Particularly that after asking Windows to move default folders, when I navigate to, say, c:\users\me\Videos, it jumps me to D:\Videos, rather than continuing to act as if I'm in c:\users\me\Videos while transparently acting on D:\Videos. If I replace c:\users\me\Videos with a symbolic link, I think I'll get the behavior that I want, but I'm having trouble doing it.
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24 Aug 2015   #4
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Did you try these steps?
MKLINK Create and Use Links in Windows
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24 Aug 2015   #5
mc510

Win7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Not yet, because I haven't been able to delete the existing folder (C:\Users\Me\Videos, for example) that I envision replacing with a symbolic link. Windows responds "Access is denied," even when operating in an elevated command prompt.
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24 Aug 2015   #6
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

It does not take anything special for me to delete that folder using Windows (file) Explorer. I was able to right-click and select Delete from Explorer's context menu.

If need be, use Unlocker.
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25 Aug 2015   #7
mc510

Win7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
It does not take anything special for me to delete that folder using Windows (file) Explorer. I was able to right-click and select Delete from Explorer's context menu.

If need be, use Unlocker.
Thanks, good to know that I *should* be able to delete that folder; I'll keep working on that.

BTW, after I manage to delete the Video folder, and create a symbolic link (MKLINK /D C:\Users\mc510\Videos D:\Videos) am I done? Or would there be additional steps to get this working properly?
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25 Aug 2015   #8
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

After creating the link - you are done.
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25 Aug 2015   #9
mc510

Win7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
After creating the link - you are done.
Thanks for your help on this. I tried again today and was able to delete the Videos folder and create the symbolic link. Seems to be working as intended, so I'll proceed to do this with the other User default folders. To me, at least, this seems like the most transparent way to move data folders to a separate drive; I don't know why Windows doesn't do it this way when you use the built-in "change location" feature.
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26 Aug 2015   #10
boyer90

windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

if you are using windows 7, just make a videos folder on the drive that you want, then in the videos library, right click, go to properties, and remove the location to the c: drive folder, then add new location and select the folder you made on your other drive. after that, you can put all your videos on that drive, and when you click the videos library, you will see all the videos that are in the folder that you mapped there. thats what i did with mine, since i partitioned my drive, i have c: for os, and D: for vids, docs, etc and i just remapped my librarys to the folder i created for each on my D:
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