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Windows 7: Public Documents hidden files

26 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
Public Documents hidden files

I have a 64GB SSD drive and wanted to change the location of Public Documents, Public Music, etc in the Library to my storage drive rather than using the smaller C drive. I already did this with My Documents, My Music, My Pictures. The redirect was successful (going to the folder properties, then location and move) but then I decided it wasn't necessary and restored the default location (C:\Users\Public\Documents).

Which leads to my question. After restoration, everything seems fine except I noticed the Public Documents folder in the Library no longer contains the padlocked inaccessible files named "My Music", "My Pictures" and "My Videos". Also, under C:\Users\(name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries\Documents.library-ms, I no longer see the files with the blue arrow icons (Also named My Music, My Pictures and My Videos) or the padlocked files of the same names.

Will this potentially cause problems in the future? I've been trying to educate myself on Windows 7 over the past couple of years but the phantom files and shortcuts always confuse me :) I already restored the Public Documents folder to an earlier version but the missing files didn't reappear. I only have the desktop.ini and Thumbs.db files.

Thanks for any help.

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27 Feb 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1

Just wanted to give this another shot to see if anyone can explain what those links/files were and if they're necessary in the long haul. Seems like such a trivial thing to ask in the scheme of things but I'm curious and since W7 came with them, I figure they're needed somehow. Thanks.
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