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Windows 7: Lost my Downloads folder.........

27 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64 bit
 
 
Lost my Downloads folder.........

Help. I installed 7, and put Windows on a partition on one disk, and am putting all data on a second internal drive. Anyway, when setting the new default location for the Downloads folder, I just made it the drive letter D:, not a folder in D:. And now, it's gone. I reset default locations for the other Library folders to folders on D:, and they are fine. But, when I search for Downloads in the Start/Oval button search box, Windows finds it, but all I can do is click on the name Downloads in the search results. It brings up the properties box for Downloads, and yep says it's location is D:. But I can't reset the location, there is not tab for it. Any ideas?

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27 Feb 2010   #2

W7, Xp Pro
 
 

Hi. is this the properties tab you refer to. ?


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27 Feb 2010   #3
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Kat,

Go ahead and restore the default location of the C:\Users\(user-name)\Downloads folder using OPTION TWO in the tutorial below, then restart the computer (may take a couple of times) until it restores itself. Afterwards, try moving it again.

User Folders - Restore Default Location

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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28 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64 bit
 
 

Hubris: No, no box like that. No locations tab available on it.

Tried downloading and installing the registry fix for the Downloads folder, restarted mulitple times, still no folder. Redownloaded and reinstalled, restarted again a couple times, no folder still. Now, when searching, the folder doesn't even com up. Every other download folder on the computer is found, but not the library one, not even as being located just in D: anymore. Any other ideas? Thanks.

Hubris: I mean, yes, that's the locations box I'm talking about, but the Downloads folder that has that option when you bring up properties is gone, or the only place I could see it was when I did a search of the computer, but properties would not show a tab like that.
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28 Feb 2010   #5

W7, Xp Pro
 
 

How much data is in the "downloads" and/ or on your computer. ?

fresh install an option ??
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28 Feb 2010   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hubris View Post
How much data is in the "downloads" and/ or on your computer. ?

fresh install an option ??

Sigh, I really don't want to. Just got everything about reinstalled, spent the last 6 hours redownloading Dragon Age. Although I guess now I could run Easy Transfer first (Believe it or don't, I intentionally didn't do that when upgrading from old Vista, so I would only reinstall what I REALLY used, and use less space).

Is a missing Downloads folder going to be a big problem? I guess I can just put a substitute one on the data drive with the same name, although it won't be the system defined library Downloads folder, just another folder called downloads.....
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28 Feb 2010   #7

W7, Xp Pro
 
 

make a folder Downloads on D: and see if you can point from right click\ Downloads on start menu\
folders properties\ location ?
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28 Feb 2010   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64 bit
 
 

Hubris, you are a genius! I went to the start menu, then on the right part of it where it has your user picture at top then "user" folder link, "Documents" link etc. I went down past all links to the grey area, and right clicked and I got "properties" for an option. Clicking that, it brought up a properties box, which included options to display the various library folders or not. I clicked the radio button to show Downloads as a link. Apply, and now it's showing as a link, but I couldn't right click it to do anything. So, I just clicked it and it brought up the Downloads window. Then, going back to my user folder, voila!, it's there. Happy, happy, joy, joy. And then I changed it's location to a FOLDER this time on drive D:. Thanks to both you and Brink for your help.
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