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Windows 7: Can't Access "Downloads" Folder

04 Jul 2012   #21

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Are you still not able to open the Downloads folder?

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04 Jul 2012   #22

windows 7 32bit

no i did open the downloads folder but i cant access the documents i had on the that folder before it crashed. Do you get it? i guess some virus permanently deleted them
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04 Jul 2012   #23

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


Ok. If you like, go ahead and download and merge the folder and Directory options in the same tutorial below. Afterwards, see if you are able to open the folder without the error.

Default File Type Associations - Restore
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08 Jan 2016   #24

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Apologies for making my first post several years after the last update to this thread. I found it through a Google search - I have the exact same problem, but the solution that worked for the OP did not work for me, despite getting the "success" message after running the Libraries restoration program.

As with the OP, the downloads shortcut icon is a blank. A look at "properties" shortcut shows that the target and path information is missing. Of course, one cannot simple type the info into those fields.

However, using the "previous versions" option shows that all my downloads are still there and accessible.

Any alternative suggestions for bringing the icon back to life?

With thanks,

ps - and I regret to note that I have already violated a rule of forum decorum by appending my issue to someone else's thread. Again, my apologies!
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08 Jan 2016   #25

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello wtm, and welcome to Seven Forums. :)

You might see if restoring the default location of your Downloads folder using step 5 in OPTION TWO of the tutorial below may be able to help.

User Folders - Restore Default Location
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08 Jan 2016   #26

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Well, I'll be doggoned - worked!

The "downloads" shortcut was still 'blank' after I followed the steps and restarted, but I right-clicked to get to Properties>General>previous versions, selected the most recent version, and hit "restore."
Instantly fixed.

Muchas gracias, Brink - I had gone through many, many other recipes for a cure, but none availed. This worked like magic, and my elderly Win 7 is back without recourse to duct tape.
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08 Jan 2016   #27

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

That's great news wtm.
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10 Mar 2016   #28

Windows 7 Proffessional 64 bit
FIRST check recycle bin!!!

I had this problem and checked the recycle bin. I had somehow deleted my Downloads folder. Clicked restore, and it's back, including its contents.
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