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Windows 7: Location of My Pictures

10 Apr 2010   #1
jeh

 
 
Location of My Pictures

I used Easy Transfer to move from an XP Box to a new Win 7 PC. Everything transferred OK, with most stuff going to C:/users/John where I'd expect it. However the old "My Pictures" fetched up in the Pictures Library. Its Location tab under Properties tells me that the actual location is "C:\Users\John\Local Settings\Pictures".
The trap is that I can't find any such location. Unhiding hidden files & folders reveals that "C:\Users\John\Local Settings" exists only as as a shortcut (I assume a Junction Point) to which I'm denied access even though I'm using an administrator account.
Any ideas on how I might be able to have my Pictures appear in my main folder? Is it safe just to Move them (right click) from the Library or must one be more careful?
TIA John


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10 Apr 2010   #2
Product FRED

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

My Pictures in Windows 7 for you is C:\Users\John\Pictures.

And a Library isn't really a location. It just puts together many locations into one category. For example if you have music on two hard drives and you add them both to the "Music" library, you can browse them both at the same time by entering the "Music" library.
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10 Apr 2010   #3
jeh

 
 

Thanks Fred. I agree that C:\Users\John\Pictures is where I expected to find the files; however no such folder exists. I can still see the image files via Library but I can't access them (including backup) from C:\Users\John. Any ideas? John
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10 Apr 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

2 questions
1. do you actually have a C:\Users\John\Pictures folder
2. can you access your pictures at all
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10 Apr 2010   #5
Product FRED

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Did you upgrade from Vista or did you buy/build this machine with 7 pre-installed?
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10 Apr 2010   #6
jeh

 
 

WHS:
1. No, I don't have a folder C:\Users\John\Pictures (or ....\My Pictures)
2. I can access my pictures via the Library. I can also see them in Desktop/John, but not anywhere in C:/users/John

Fred:
It's a new machine, bought with Win 7 Pro pre-installed.

Does this help? John
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10 Apr 2010   #7
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jeh View Post
WHS:
1. No, I don't have a folder C:\Users\John\Pictures (or ....\My Pictures)
2. I can access my pictures via the Library. I can also see them in Desktop/John, but not anywhere in C:/users/John

Fred:
It's a new machine, bought with Win 7 Pro pre-installed.

Does this help? John
Hello John !!

Try the following Microsoft KB You receive an "Error 1606" error message when you try to install or remove a Microsoft program and run Microsoft Fixit I know the KB might sound strange but when you use the East transfer to PC Mover those software sometime mess up the User Shell folders but this will restore to orignial Windows 7 settings. That should resolve your issue with Pictures Location.

Hope this helps,
Captain
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11 Apr 2010   #8
jeh

 
 

Captain:

Thanks. Ran FixIt. That got rid of the entries in Library and Desktop\John but didn't create a folder in C:\users\John. The only way I can find my pictures now is by using Start > Search Programs and Files and use a file name in the search. This tells me that the pictures are in C:\Users\John\Local Settings|My Pictures. 'd like to be able to just move these to a new folder in C:\Users\John but can't do so because, asI said at the start of the thread C:\Users\John\Local Settings only shows as a shortcut which refuses me access, and is only visible if I've set "Show Hidden files and folders".

I have a backup of the pictures. I'm beginning to think that the best way may be to restore those to a Pictures I create for myself in C:\users\John. However I'm reluctant to do this because it will further confuse the Search routine

John
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11 Apr 2010   #9
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Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Well, what I think you should do is copy the windows.old folder somewhere off the computer or to another hard drive/partition and just reinstall Windows/restore to factory settings.
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11 Apr 2010   #10
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jeh View Post
Captain:

Thanks. Ran FixIt. That got rid of the entries in Library and Desktop\John but didn't create a folder in C:\users\John. The only way I can find my pictures now is by using Start > Search Programs and Files and use a file name in the search. This tells me that the pictures are in C:\Users\John\Local Settings|My Pictures. 'd like to be able to just move these to a new folder in C:\Users\John but can't do so because, asI said at the start of the thread C:\Users\John\Local Settings only shows as a shortcut which refuses me access, and is only visible if I've set "Show Hidden files and folders".

I have a backup of the pictures. I'm beginning to think that the best way may be to restore those to a Pictures I create for myself in C:\users\John. However I'm reluctant to do this because it will further confuse the Search routine

John
John,

So if I understand you correctly you don't have Pictures under Libraries ??
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