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Windows 7: Public Folders - Restore


Public Folders - Restore

How to Restore Public Folders in Windows 7
Published by Brink
08 Mar 2010
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How to Restore Public Folders in Windows 7

information   Information
This tutorial will show you how to restore any missing or moved Windows 7 Public folders located at C:\Users\Public.

You will need to be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

Note   Note
The hidden Favorites, Libraries, and nonhidden Public Recorded TV public folders are not included in this tutorial.


EXAMPLE: Public folders
-public_folders.jpg
Here's How:



warning   Warning
If you have any duplicate public folders, or public folders that do not have a Location properties tab, then you will need to:
  • Backup only the folder's contents to another location to be safe.
  • Now proceed with the steps below


1. To Restore Default Public Desktop Folder
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Restore_Default_Public_Desktop_Folder.reg
download
2. To Restore Default Public Documents Folder
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Restore_Default_Public_Documents_Folder.reg
download
3. To Restore Default Public Downloads Folder
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Restore_Default_Public_Downloads_Folder.reg
download
4. To Restore Default Public Music Folder
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Restore_Default_Public_Music_Folder.reg
download
5. To Restore Default Public Pictures Folder
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Restore_Default_Public_Pictures_Folder.reg
download
6. To Restore Default Public Videos Folder
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Restore_Default_Public_Videos_Folder.reg
download
7. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.

8. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

9. Click on Run, Yes, Yes, and OK when prompted.

10. Open the C:\Users\Public folder. If a public folder is missing, then create a New Folder and rename it with the name below for each missing specific public folder.
Public Folders Names


NOTE: The names in red are hidden system folders.
  • Libraries
  • Desktop
  • Documents
  • Downloads
  • Music
  • Pictures
  • Recorded TV
  • Videos
11. Open an elevated command prompt (Right click -> Run as administrator).

12. In the elevated command prompt, Copy and Paste the command below for the public folder, and press Enter. This will restore the default attributes for the public folder. (see table below)
Public Folder Command
Libraries attrib +h +r -s %Public%\Libraries /S /D
Desktop attrib +h +r -s %Public%\Desktop /S /D
Documents attrib +r -s -h %Public%\Documents /S /D
Downloads attrib +r -s -h %Public%\Downloads /S /D
Music attrib +r -s -h %Public%\Music /S /D
Pictures attrib +r -s -h %Public%\Pictures /S /D
Videos attrib +r -s -h %Public%\Videos /S /D
13. You may need to log off and log on, or restart the computer, to finish restoring the default public folder location.
NOTE: Sometimes you may need to restart more than once for the changes to be applied.

14. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file(s) on the desktop if you like.



That's it,
Shawn





08 Mar 2010   #1
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Nice, good work Brink.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Mar 2010   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Thank you Ted.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Mar 2010   #3
wschw2

windows 7
 
 
restore public/desktop

I lost my public desktop folder,Or I uninstalled. I read your post on how to restore it, and restared about 5 times and still i8cant get my folder bakc
Is there anything else thatcould be done
Thanks
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

15 Mar 2010   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Wschw2, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You can do a system restore using a restore point dated before it was deleted.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Mar 2010   #5
wschw2

windows 7
 
 

I did a previous restore acct I had a program that i could delete, and the last date that I can restore to is 10 March 2010, i know the public desktop folder disappered long beforte that'

Or is there a way to restore way before that.
Thanks
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Mar 2010   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Wschw,

In that case you can do a repair install without losing anything.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Mar 2010   #7
wschw2

windows 7
 
 

how do I make a repair install?
Thanks

sorry about how to do it I just found the item, Thanks I'll let you know how it goes
By the way you guys/girls are great Thanks
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Mar 2010   #8
wschw2

windows 7
 
 

i tried a repair install and got the following message below: (I'M using a 64 bit)
The following issues are preventing Windows from upgrading. Cancel the upgrade, complete each task, and then restart the upgrade to continue.
  • You can’t upgrade 64-bit Windows to a 32-bit version of Windows. To upgrade, obtain a 64-bit version of the installation disc, or go online to see how to install Windows 7 and keep your files and settings.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Mar 2010   #9
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Do you have a "retail" 64-bit Windows 7 installed and using a 64-bit installation DVD?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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