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Windows 7: In Windows Explorer, Libraries folder is duplicated under Desktop

10 Dec 2018   #1
Allen Beard

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
In Windows Explorer, Libraries folder is duplicated under Desktop

Has anyone encountered this problem?
Can anyone help?

In Windows Explorer, Libraries folder is duplicated under Desktop



I accidentally enabled HomeGroup, which messed up my folder permissions, resulting in padlock icons under Libraries sub-folders.

I immediately disabled HomeGroup, invoked "Restore default libraries", and reapplied inherited folder permissions.

After this, whenever I click on a Libraries sub-folder, it opens up a new Windows Explorer, and spawns a second Libraries folder Under Desktop, just like in the above picture after I clicked on the Music sub-folder.

I have tried every suggestion related to repairing Libraries, such as:
"Tools\Folder options\" and toggle "Browse folders"
Import clean/default Libraries registry
System Restore
Re-register "actxprxy.dll" and "ieproxy.dll"

Nothing seems to fix it.

This strange behaviour happens only on this user account; Libraries on a different user account is normal.


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14 Dec 2018   #2
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi Allen Beard,

Welcome to SevenForums!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Allen Beard View Post
In Windows Explorer, Libraries folder is duplicated under Desktop


This strange behaviour happens only on this user account; Libraries on a different user account is normal.
Have you changed the location of your Music folder from C:\?

I hope this helps!
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14 Dec 2018   #3
Allen Beard

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hi Paul Black,

No, all Libraries sub-folders are set to defaults.

The problem happens with all Libraries sub-folders.
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14 Dec 2018   #4
wither 2

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
 
 

I think one of the options in this thread will help you resolve this-

Duplicate folders on desktop, move where?
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14 Dec 2018   #5
Allen Beard

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I looked at that thread.
My problem is different.
My problem occurs in Windows Explorer, not Desktop.
First, there is one Libraries, but when I unfold Libraries and click on any Libraries sub-folder, a new Windows Explorer opens and a second Libraries folder is generated, below the Recycle Bin, as is shown in the image.
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15 Dec 2018   #6
wither 2

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
 
 

I misunderstood. My apologies. I find it strange that WE displays the Libraries under Desktop. Based on your screen shot, I was thinking that the Libraries were in your C:\Users\"your user name"\Desktop folder thus the link I provided.

Paul may be on to something. I'm wondering if, when you opened the Home Group, it somehow has you sharing files with another user and when you try to access your Libraries, it thinks you're another user and is creating the new Libraries. Each user in a HomeGroup controls his own Libraries. Perhaps something to do with Network sharing? Does that make any sense? This is beyond my knowledge of how that works.
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15 Dec 2018   #7
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Allen. Click on the Start button, open Computer, then click on Local Disc C:, then select Users, then open the Folder with your User name.

This should show a list the various items that are in Windows Explorer. Check for any duplicates & delete them & they should go to the Recycle Bin, so you can recover them if necessary. If you Right Click on any item listed you should see "Include In Library" & the menu to the right will list some options.
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17 Dec 2018   #8
Allen Beard

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Ranger4, I found no duplicates.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wither 2 View Post
it thinks you're another user and is creating the new Libraries. Each user in a HomeGroup controls his own Libraries. Perhaps something to do with Network sharing? Does that make any sense?
That makes sense.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wither 2 View Post
This is beyond my knowledge of how that works.
Me too.

These things (homegroup / network sharing) should be easily reversible, but instead, I fear that I may be forced to do the one thing I have been resisting... start again with a new user account, just to solve one irritating bug.
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17 Dec 2018   #9
wither 2

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
 
 

I need to think about this some more.

I wonder what would happen if you turned off file and media sharing in the Network options. I'll check it on my system later.

Also, why do you have a guest user?
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17 Dec 2018   #10
Allen Beard

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wither 2 View Post
why do you have a guest user?
It's windows default.
It's been disabled from the start, and I've never use it.

By the way, what led you to think that I have a guest user?
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