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Windows 7: User Folders - Restore Default Location

12 Feb 2012   #130
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Could you show a screenshot of this opened from the actual C:\Users\Ian folder location (manually navigate to) instead of the Favorites "Ian" link to it?


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12 Feb 2012   #131
woodbine

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Sorry Brink, I don't understand. How do I manually navigate to it? Whichever way I try, the favourites list shows on the left.

Also, I'm assuming you want 'show hidden files, folder and drives' selected/dotted?
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12 Feb 2012   #132
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Open Computer window (Windows Explorer), open the C: drive, open Users folder, etc.....

The tutorial has to be done from this exact folder location, and not from any shortcut or link to that location instead.
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12 Feb 2012   #133
woodbine

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

OK, think I got it. I opened Win Explorer from icon on bottom task bar. Then, using address bar at top left - Computer>Acer (C)>Users>Ian. Then I checked 'show hidden files, folders......' on Folder Options.

I notice that with hidden files showing, a grayed folder appears at the top with 'App Data'.

Has this whole restore gone wrong because I may have done it through a shortcut?

Really appreciate you sticking with it!


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12 Feb 2012   #134
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I would recommend to backup anything that you want to keep in the hidden Pictures grayed out folder from the Favorites shortcut to another location, delete that folder, then do the tutorial again at the actual C:\Users\Ian folder (above) instead to see if that may hopefully work for you now.
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12 Feb 2012   #135
woodbine

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

OK, done it all again without short cut.

Getting a bit closer. A pictures folder has appeared.

The 2 screen shots are the user folders, with hidden files/folders not shown. All that happens if I show hidden folders, is the grayed 'appdata' folder shows up. Restarted pc 3 times.


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12 Feb 2012   #136
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

When you right click on the C:\User\Ian\Pictures folder and click on Properties, does it have a Location tab?

Do the registry locations here still show the same thing?
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12 Feb 2012   #137
woodbine

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

When I right right-click on pictures folder, there is a location on the window when it first appears (General). When I click location tab tab on the window, the location is slightly different - see screen shots. Don't know if this is significant.

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The registry locations all appear the same. I have included a shot of the 'User Shell Folders', as the coding is slightly more complex.


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I'll sign off today - it's 11.15pm here - bed time! Tomorrow's another day. Thanks again Brink


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12 Feb 2012   #138
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Woodbine,

Everything looks like it's all set properly now.

Give Method Two in OPTION TWO a try in the tutorial below to try and restore the default icon.
User Folders - Restore Default Icon
Afterward, you might restart the computer a few times and wait a day or two to see if the Pictures folder restores back to the default "My Pictures" folder. I've noticed that in bad cases like this one, it sometimes takes a day or two before it's just mysteriously restored back to default again.
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13 Feb 2012   #139
woodbine

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Brink.

Just done method two of option two, as suggested. Restarted pc twice. No joy yet. Do I need to do step 16 in method two yet (16. In Folder Options, set protected operating system files to be hidden again.), or leave it until 'My Pictures' reappears? I suppose my pc will be a mess until I do?

Also noticed that the 'Pictures' file in Ian (User Name) has an ini file in it marked 'Desktop', right-clicking it, and viewing Properties it says - 'type of file - Configuration Settings (ini).' Hope this is OK?


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