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Windows 7: Can't name a folder in my document "My Pictures"???!

08 Nov 2010   #11

Win 7 Ultimate x64

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But the label "My Pictures" has been in use by MS for years.
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That pic was not taken from within "My Documents".

The "My Documents" folder in my computer is empty. And to be clear, I am speaking of the "My Documents" as is accessed by way of Start > My Documents.

I don't know if I deleted the "My Pictures" folder from "My Documents" during the install, but at the moment the "My Documents" folder is EMPTY.

And when I try to put a folder named "My Pictures" into the "My Documents" folder, it says there is already a folder in there named "My Pictures", when in fact the folder is EMPTY.
I'm aware of that, my point is that you are trying to nane a file to a name reserved for MS use.
I'm currently on my XP drive.

In XP, I can delete the My Pictures folder, and recreate it without a single issue.

Now, do you have a reasonable explanation why that shouldn't work in 7?

For that matter, is there a reasonable explanation why any deleted folder from documents, on any operating system ever coded, cannot be deleted and recreated?

We're not talking about a system folder in the root directory here.


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08 Nov 2010   #12

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

The folder"my pictures" is a reserved folder name in win7 as this was used as a subdirectory in old Microsoft operating systems such as XP.

In order to facilitate older badly written applications that expect there always to be a my pictures within the my documents folder win7 uses junction point to redirect these applications to the correct folder Username\pictures.

This is a system that creates a virtual folder structure using junction points which fools older programs into thinking that they are working on XP

due to the way that this virtualisation works the system sees a virtual "My Documents" present in the actual my documents folder which prevents the user from recreating it
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08 Nov 2010   #13

Win 7 Ultimate x64

So then that's it? You delete it, your screwed?

I can just see the microsoft guys sitting around having a big old chuckle on this one. "Hahhahahaaaaa, this will teach those tweakers to mess with us! If they want that folder back, they can just do a reinstall!"
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08 Nov 2010   #14

Windows 10 Pro X64

I wonder if this has something to do with the various desktop.ini files scattered everywhere?

In My Documents, desktop.ini looks like this for me: (note first line is blank)


In the My Pictures folder, desktop.ini looks like this: (note first line is blank)


This is aa SWAG, but I'm wondering if some other folder under My Documents has the data I have for My Pictures and is thus thought to be a My Pictures folder by Win 7?
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09 Nov 2010   #15

Windows 7 Pro/32 Academic. Build 7600

I ran a backup once and got the error message, "Windows backup could not locate C:\documents\my pictures, some files may not have been backed up" I simply recreated the folder, no issues.
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 Can't name a folder in my document "My Pictures"???!

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