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Windows 7: Can't Move User Folders

11 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
Can't Move User Folders

I'm new to the forum and Windows 7, so please bear with me.

I have a main folder named after the user acct (I believe it's called the User Folder???), which by default contains 13 other folders, such as My Documents, My Pictures, etc. (There are a bunch of hidden folders in there as well)

I'm using some file backup software that has a plug-in to backup the entire My Documents folder.

In XP, I simply moved any desired folders into My Documents for backup.

What I've found in Windows 7, is these "user" folders seem to be locked in this main folder, and when moved into My Documents, the original folder magically reappears in the main user folder. So I end up with 2 identical folders. One inside My Documents, and one in the main user folder. (eg: My Music)

My backup software doesn't like this at all.

Is there any way to make these folders behave like regular folders that can just be moved around?

I hope my question made sense.


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11 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1

Yeah, click Start, search for Libraries. Hit enter when you find it.
This folder contains 4 sections: Documents, Music, Pictures, Video.
Take them one at a time and:
Right click, select properties, select the items from the Library locations and remove them.
This will unlink your My Document folder from the Documents Library. Then you can move your folders and do what you want with them.
Repeat for all 4.

Be careful tho. Don't make rash decisions and don't delete anything before backing up.

P.S. After finishing your moving/copying operations you should link them back.

BTW, why don't you use a "fancier" backup application?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1

Thank you. I never would have figured this out.

As far as my backup app, I've been using it for years and it's simple and fast. Also makes backup files that are readable, which I like. There are probably better apps out there, but so far I haven't had the need. BTW, I use FBackup (Free backup software - Backup files with FBackup). The F stands for Free :)

Do you have any recommendations for a good lightweight backup program (preferably freeware)?

Thanks again...
My System SpecsSystem Spec

11 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1

Ah, I see. No, sorry, I don't really have a good recommendation...
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