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Windows 7: How to Restore deleted Public Folder

03 Jul 2017   #11
Southerner1959

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

This page seems to be the nearest for the Info I need:

Public Folders - Restore - Windows 7 Help Forums

But when I try Step 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."

When I type "attrib +h +r -s %Public%\Desktop /S /D" it says "Path not found - C:\Windows\system32\%Public% "


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03 Jul 2017   #12
Lance1

Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
 
 

Here's a good wright up by Brink----> Public Folders - Restore Hope this is what your looking for.
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03 Jul 2017   #13
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Have you checked to see if you have the following folders?
  • Libraries
  • Desktop
  • Documents
  • Downloads
  • Music
  • Pictures
  • Recorded TV
  • Videos
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03 Jul 2017   #14
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Here's a screen shot
Are you sure you created all four Public folders under your user name ?
How to Restore deleted Public Folder-restore-favorites-links.png

All I can say is if i right click the Public Documents folder and go to properties and the location section it shows C:\Users\Public\Documents


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04 Jul 2017   #15
Southerner1959

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Appreciate your help guys . . .

Quote:
Here's a good wright up by Brink----> Public Folders - Restore Hope this is what your looking for
If you read my post just before yours Lance1 - that's what I tried !

I think that's about the nearest to what I need . . . but Brink's advice I think only applies when someone has only deleted the Subfolders . . . not the whole Public folder itself (as I did). I think it restores the Registry files for the Subfolders . . . but NOT for the Public folder (and that's what I think I need to do !)

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Are you sure you created all four Public folders under your user name ?
I don't have a Username, as I'm the only user . . . it's just Owner ! But the Public Folder is just within Users . . . not any individual user folder, right?

HOWEVER . . . I notice in your Screenshot that the subfolders in Public all have the word Public in front of each (like "Public Desktop") . . . however . . . on my girlfriend's Win7 machine the folders in Public just say Desktop, Downloads, Documents, etc . . . so that is what I re-created.

I tried changing them all to "Public Desktop" etc . . . but it made no difference . . . the main problem is that the Public folder itself isn't recognised by Installation software (as I guess the Registry path isn't there)

I also just tried clicking the "Restore favorite links" . . . but it didn't seem to do anything.

However . . . I notice some of these folders have a hidden "desktop.ini" file in them . . . should I have one in my Public folder? (and is that the problem? does the ini file provide the path?)

By the way, I have a basic understanding of the issues, as I learnt a bit of computer programming at University 40 years ago . . . but obviously don't understand all the complexities of Windows!
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04 Jul 2017   #16
Southerner1959

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Just looked at my girlfriend's Win 7 Laptop again . . .

I see that, within Public, the folders Desktop, Favorites and Libraries all just say that, and are hidden . . . whereas the others all say "Public Documents" etc. So I have made them look the same, although I don't think that will make any difference !

The problem is the Public folder itself . . . (oh and there's no ini file in hers either, so that's not the problem)

But again comparing my Public folders (that I've re-created) with the ones on my girlfriend's computer . . .

When I right-click on any of mine, and open the Properties box, there is no Location tab. (although on the first page it says "Location: C:\Pubic\Desktop" etc

I guess this is confirming that the location is not in the Registry properly ?
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04 Jul 2017   #17
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

With tongue in cheek I ask if you backup your system on a regular basis as with Macrium Reflect or similar software?
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04 Jul 2017   #18
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

And throwing my 2 cents in

A repair install NO LOSS off personal data.

Further more you DO have more than one account on that machine

Roy
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04 Jul 2017   #19
Southerner1959

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote:
With tongue in cheek I ask if you backup your system on a regular basis as with Macrium Reflect or similar software?
No . . . to be honest I only back up all my important files, not the machine itself.

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A repair install NO LOSS off personal data
Yes but I don't have a Windows 7 disc with which to do that.

Anyway . . . I have finally got this sorted !

Somebody on my Ham Radio Forum I posted this problem on just came up with the solution . . .

All I had to do was open the System Properties box . . go to the Advanced tab . . .

Then click Environment Variables . . . and click on System Variables . . . then New . . . and insert that "Public" is "C:\Users\Public"

It was that simple !

All the different Software I had problems installing now recognises the Public folder I re-created . . .

So have successfully now installed Skype, my Epson scanner software, and my Fuji camera.

Hopefully this info will be useful for anyone else who deleted their Public folder !
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04 Jul 2017   #20
Southerner1959

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I can see why a lot of people delete this Public folder . . .

It's what earlier versions of Windows called All Users . . . which makes more sense ! So I think Microsoft were silly re-naming it !

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