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Windows 7: User Shell Folder keeps getting deleted from registry

08 Apr 2015   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
User Shell Folder keeps getting deleted from registry

Hello. My computer has a weird problem and keeps deleting at random (it could be after 1,2,3,etc restarts), the registry folder HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders and it reverts back to its default paths. The folders are missing from the default path, C:/Users/"UserName". Only Contacts, Desktop and Favorites are there and when I right click at them, the Location tab is missing. Also, if I click Start and go to Documents for example and try and paste something in there I get this error: Unable to create the file xxxx, File System Error (512).

It also resets the registry part that keeps stuff like, view settings (list, icons, etc) and the taskbar (for example show Downloads, Videos, Run command)

I have attached 3 images with the problem.

Thank you.

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08 Apr 2015   #2

Windows 10, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, OS X El Capitan

My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Apr 2015   #3

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello ShadowJump,

In addition, you might see if using OPTION TWO in the tutorial below for any of your user folders affected by this may be able to help. :)

User Folders - Restore Default Location
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