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Windows 7: Windows Explorer 7 Favorites


20 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Windows Explorer 7 Favorites

Hello! New to WE 7 and laptops/touchpads, I initially created havoc in WE libraries copying files etc unintentionally. I gradually sorted out the Libraries but find that I do not have the WE Favourites 3 default file folders (Desktop etc.) showing. Favourites will not expand. If I look under my User Account I can see the folders; I cannot seem to copy or move them into WE Favourites! Can any more experienced WE user help me - without having to do a Restore?
Cheers
Windsorian

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20 Apr 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

try this:
check this location: C:\Users\*Your user name*\Links
if the folder "Links" doesn't exist anymore, create a new one, then right-click on “Favorites” in Windows Explorer and choose "reset favoritelinks", close explorer, and open it again

and also take a look at this link: User Folders - Restore Default Location
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20 Apr 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Windsorian, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might check to see if this is your issue.

Favorites Empty in Navigation Pane - Fix

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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21 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Huge thanks Maranello And Brink for your suggestions!

I am a real novice so please bear with me here in Edinburgh. When I look in the user folders, Links and Recent Places are absent, presumably deleted by me: this presumably is my main problem. Contacts absent too. Therefore I cannot check the default locations. Do the Favorites' default files usually have a location of Users/User Name/Links/xxxx?

How do I restore/recreate these missing files? Is it by running the REG File Download or manual fix listed in the (Brink)tutorial - or do these procs need files to pre-exist?

Thanks in advance
Windsorian
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21 Apr 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Windsorian,

You can use OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to restore any missing user folder instead. The "Links" folder is for "Favorites" in the Navigation Pane.

User Folders - Restore Default Location
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22 Apr 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Brink - thanks again!
I have followed the tutorial and noted a message saying that the registry locations have been successfully updated. However, when I entered shell:Contacts into the "search programs & files" and clicked on the file returned, it did not open anything I could see. Having restarted several times I cannot see any new Contacts user folder. Still keen to recreate my missing user folders: any ideas?
Cheers
Brendan
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22 Apr 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Brendan,

What path do you have for the {56784854-C6CB-462B-8169-88E350ACB882} string value at this other registry location below? It should be C:\Users\User-Name\Contacts by default.

Code:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
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23 Apr 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Missing User Folders

Brink - good morning from Scotland! (I had a Texas holiday in 2005 - thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly Big Bend.)

I have checked the Registry location you cited in your reply yesterday. The path for the string value is indeed C:\Users\User-Name (Brendan)\Contacts.

Does this mean the update definitely worked? If so, then how do I get the folder to show in the user folders? I feel so close but yet....

By the way, I did sort out the Favourites issues. Just missing proper My Music, My Pictures user folders, i.e. ones with a locations tab, and a couple of others like Contacts.

Looking forward to your thoughts...
Cheers
Brendan
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23 Apr 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Brendan,

For the duplicates or improper user folders without the "Location" properties tab, you will need to backup their contents up to another location, then delete all of them. Afterwards, make sure that those user folders are set to have the default location using "OPTION TWO" in the tutorial instead.
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25 Apr 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Missing Contacts Folder

Shawn/Brink

Thanks for the extra advice on backing up content and deleting the "false" user folders before using the tutorial option two. Will do!

But back to my last reply: having corrected the default file location for Contacts using the tutorial and restarted several times, why can't I see a "new" Contacts folder in my user folders?

Cheers
Brendan
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