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Windows 7: Confused about folder structure (winamp related)

18 Apr 2010   #1
ToastMaster

Windows 7
 
 
Confused about folder structure (winamp related)

Hello. Hope someone can help.

Why does Windows 7 list your files in two different structures? I.e.

C:\Users\Jody\Music\albums

C:\Documents and Settings\Jody\My Documents\My Music\albums

It's EXACTLY the same content in each structure (any change I make to one folder, is mirrored in the other). This appears to be causing my Winamp to add all my music twice - I put one of the above locations as the 'watch folder' (winamp monitors this file for additions / changes) but it pulls in every mp3 twice: one will be located in the first folder above, the other in the second, even though it's exactly the same file.

Is there a setting to change change the way windows works, to prevent duplicate winamp files?

I'm using a new PC btw - this isn't an upgrade from XP.

Many thanks


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18 Apr 2010   #2
dnorris

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM
 
 

In Vista (and in Windows 7), "Documents and Settings" is not a folder.
Vista/Win7 uses a different file structure than XP does/did. Those familiar
folder names you may be used to, like "My Documents", "Documents &
Settings", etc. are not folders in Vista/Win7. They are junction points,
and are used for legacy programs which were written to utilize the XP file
structure.
They will redirect the programs to use the equivalent Vista/Win7 folders.
If you keep the protected operating system files hidden, you won't see them.

In Vista/Win7......
Documents & Settings -> \Users
My Documents -> \Users\youraccount\Documents
My Music -> \Users\youraccount\Music
Application Data -> \Users\youraccount\AppData
etc.
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18 Apr 2010   #3
ToastMaster

Windows 7
 
 

Hi dnorris,

Thanks for the explanation.

I've changed my options to hide "protected operating system files" but winamp still sees those two folder structures, so still adds tracks twice. Any further ideas, please?

I can also still navigate to (by pasting it)

C:\Documents and Settings\Jody\My Documents\My Music\albums

I've also posted this on a winamp forum btw, but after nearly a week, still no reply.

Thanks

Jody
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18 Apr 2010   #4
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Unless I totally misunderstand, those files are not in two places physically. They are in one folder. Libraries reports them in two locations because you have two ways to access them. The C:\Documents and Settings\Jody\My Documents\My Music\albums merely points you to the actual physical location which is in \Users\youraccount\AppData. Your files are physically located in a folder under users.
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20 Apr 2010   #5
ToastMaster

Windows 7
 
 

Hi CarlTR6. That's how I understand it too, but winamp doesn't seem to think that way.

Taking an example, I have the following song appearing in winamp twice:

Jeepers Creepers
Jeepers Creepers

I right click the top song and request file location and get:
C:\Users\Jody\Music\albums\Frank Sinatra\Songs for Young Lovers-Swing Easy!\Jeepers Creepers Frank Sinatra.mp3

I right click the bottom song and request file location and get:
C:\Documents and Settings\Jody\My Documents\My Music\albums\Frank Sinatra\Songs for Young Lovers-Swing Easy!\Jeepers Creepers Frank Sinatra.mp3

This is what is happening for every song I own. Winamp is placing two files in the directory, thinking they are two seperate files in two seperate places.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated. Thanks
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20 Apr 2010   #6
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Clearly Winamp is broken on 7

I'd file a bug report with them directly. They should not be using the old folder structure at all on 7.
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20 Apr 2010   #7
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
Clearly Winamp is broken on 7

I'd file a bug report with them directly. They should not be using the old folder structure at all on 7.
Quote:
I right click the bottom song and request file location and get:
C:\Documents and Settings\Jody\My Documents\My Music\albums\Frank Sinatra\Songs for Young Lovers-Swing Easy!\Jeepers Creepers Frank Sinatra.mp3
C:\documents and setting is not a physical location. The Documents and settings folder is a junction, a pointer that points to the real physical location.

Are you sure you have two copies of the file? If you delete one does the other disappear also? I am thinking these are the same location. One is the actual physical location and the other is pointing to that location using the XP method. I have no idea why Winamp is doing this.

Now I'm confused!
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20 Apr 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would download XP mode and run Winamp there. It was apparently not properly adapted to Windows7.
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20 Apr 2010   #9
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
Clearly Winamp is broken on 7
No it isn't, at least not for me it isn't. I have all my music on a separate hard drive and linked in the Music library, and it only lists everything once.

This almost sounds like it was an upgrade install of Windows 7 from XP, and the C:\Documents and Settings folder from the windows.old folder got copied over to the new install.
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20 Apr 2010   #10
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
Clearly Winamp is broken on 7
No it isn't, at least not for me it isn't. I have all my music on a separate hard drive and linked in the Music library, and it only lists everything once.

This almost sounds like it was an upgrade install of Windows 7 from XP, and the C:\Documents and Settings folder from the windows.old folder got copied over to the new install.
That is a possibility. If that is the case, he can delete a file in one and it will remain in the other.
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