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Windows 7: Windows Explorer Library Refuses to include My Documents

22 Sep 2016   #1
ARYLIOA

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Windows Explorer Library Refuses to include My Documents

I have 4 computers all running W7 Home Premium, all set up identically. One has recently lost track of My Documents in the Windows Explorer Library and doesn't offer a solution to restoring it.

The actual content of My Documents is on a DNS-323 network drive. In years of experience, nothing like this has been a problem, so nothing to see there.

The Library shows Documents with the "expansion arrow". If I try to expand that, the arrow goes away but nothing happens. If I click on Documents, I get the messages "Documents is Empty" "No folders have been include in the library". If I click on the Include a folder button, navigate to the folder on the network drive and try to add it, I get a message "This network location can't be included because it is not indexed". The other three computers are pretty sure it is, or at least that it doesn't matter.

I have searched through the Registry for a clue, but there are so many references to My Documents that I have no idea what to look for there.

I would appreciate any ideas other than reloading Windows. Is there a way to just reload Windows Explorer, or perhaps copy it from another of the working computers? (I suspect it is a Registry problem, so a simple copy is probably off the table.)

Some additional notes:
System Restore is not promising since I have no idea when it may have occurred and only two "critical updates". are listed as restore points for some reason. I know there have been others since I created several myself. But the space allocated for restore points is only at 2.5gB out of 10gB allocated so I don't understand that unless a Windows update deleted all previous restore points. Besides that, I am sure I have been chasing a solution since before the dates on those.

To make it worse, this is the computer my wife uses. She is an experienced user, but not a "computer-type". It is always possible that she did something to cause the problem, but I expect it is the result of a glitch of some sort, not a keyboard error. I want My Documents to appear as a library so she doesn't have to expand the view of the network drive with the risk that she might move or delete something there by accident.


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24 Sep 2016   #2
ARYLIOA

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Solution: Right-click on Documents > Properties > Restore defaults.

Like they say, "If it had been a snake itada bit ya!". I had overlooked that possibility since I was so intent on adding and being told the library could not be added because it was not indexed. That message is still a mystery, as is why it was gone in the first place, but I'll take what I can get and be happy.
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