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Windows 7: User Folders - Restore Default Location

13 Jan 2012   #120
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by R0adking View Post
Hi Brink

Double checked and doing everything correct. In the end did a system restore and am back to the default locations now!

Cheers

John

That's great news John. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.


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27 Jan 2012   #121
Seveniste

Windows 7 Premium 32bit
 
 

Thank you so very much!

I've been searching for a week or two for a decent (correct and easy to follow) answer to this issue.

Seven.
(Not named after the system, I feel I must add.)
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27 Jan 2012   #122
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome Seven, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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11 Feb 2012   #123
woodbine

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I really need some help. I have only had my pc 2 days, am new to 7, and have lost the luckily empty My Pictures folder and icon from user name folder. I was experimenting to see if anything I save in My Pictures could save on the removable D HD, rather than the usual C.

I right clicked on My Pictures in user name folder > Properties > Location. Then I clicked on 'Move', and another window opened, and I clicked on DATA (D) from the list on second window. This entered (D) in the box on the first window instead of C:\Users\Ian\Pictures. In hindsight, I probably should have clicked on 'Find Target' to make any pictures saved to My Pictures store on D HD, instead of C??

Anyway, the My Pictures folder and icon completely changed. The Icon changed to an icon of a hard drive, and the wording underneath changed to DATA (D). I tried to use 'Restore Default', but it said there were no restore defaults. This may be because the pc has only been on 2 days, and doesn't have any restore points yet? It was impossible to get the My Pictures folder back to how it was, or even get it's location back to C:\Users\Ian\Pictures.

Anyway, I used option 2 on page one of this thread, and everything was perfect, until step 25. It says if the user file is missing, create a new one and name it 'Pictures'. Trouble is, if I try to create a new folder called Pictures in user name folder, a 'Confirm Folder Replace' box appears saying 'This destination already contains a folder named pictures........... Do you want to merge this folder (image of folder).......with this one (image of another folder)? Clicking Yes, makes the new folder disappear, clicking no just means the name stays as 'New Folder'.

I have used command prompts twice, restarted several times, but it doesn't work. Am I right that until I can get a folder in User Name folder named 'Pictures', then the link from registry won't be made, and I won't ever get My Pictures restored?

Two Points;
1) I have checked Regedit, and the line for My Pictures is exactly how it should be, ie. My Pictures REG_SZ C:\Users\Ian\Pictures

2) If I type 'Pictures' in the start menu search box, it comes up with a file called 'Pictures'. Clicking on this brings up a new window and in the address bar at the top it says - Computer>Acer(C)>Users>Default>Pictures. Under the details headings, it says 'This Folder Is Empty'.
If I type 'My Pictures' in start menu search, I get a 'My Pictures' file in the results, with the correct My pictures folder icon that I have lost, to the left of it. Clicking on it opens a new window, and address bar reads Libraries>Pictures Lib>My Pictures, and says below 'This Folder Is Empty'.
I wonder if these 2 files/folders that appear in search results are the reason why I am being told that there is already a folder called Pictures, when I try to rename a new folder in user name folder?

Apologies for the essay, but I would really appreciate help to get the My Pictures folder back as it was. Thanks in advance to Brink, who is probably the expert I need.
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11 Feb 2012   #124
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Woodbine,

Could you post a screenshot of your opened C:\Users\Ian folder with all hidden files set to show, and both registry locations (step 18 and in NOTE at top of OPTION TWO) to see if anything may stand out?
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11 Feb 2012   #125
woodbine

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi Brink

Here are the screen shots. I notice that in the shot of my user name file, with hidden files set to show, the 'Pictures' folder has miraculously appeared. Hope this is a good sign.

Ian


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11 Feb 2012   #126
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Ian,

Yep, that would be why you are getting the message that you already have a Pictures folder then. See if doing steps 22-24 again with the command below will unhide the Pictures folder. If so, then restart the computer afterwards to see if it will appear as the normal My Pictures folder with the correct icon afterwards.

attrib +r -s -h "%USERPROFILE%\Pictures" /S /D
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12 Feb 2012   #127
woodbine

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

OK. Done steps 22 - 24, and pasted the line in your post to the command prompt. Restarted pc twice, but no luck. Folder still not reappeared.
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12 Feb 2012   #128
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Is the "Pictures" folder unhidden now (not grayed out) ?
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12 Feb 2012   #129
woodbine

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

With all hidden files set to 'show', it looks like it's grayed/faded.

Ian


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