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Windows 7: User Folders - Restore Default Location

09 Apr 2014   #240
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Shellcool, and welcome to Seven Forums.

That's ok. You can just start over with OPTION TWO to fix your Desktop folder. Be sure that all the folder names, and paths in the registry are correct.


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10 Apr 2014   #241
Shellcool

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Shellcool, and welcome to Seven Forums.

That's ok. You can just start over with OPTION TWO to fix your Desktop folder. Be sure that all the folder names, and paths in the registry are correct.
I had already fixed it by the time I posted that, It works fully now you are amazing :P
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10 Apr 2014   #242
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Great news.
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16 Apr 2014   #243
Carloton

8.1 Enterprise x64
 
 

My thanks in advance for any assistance, I know what a pain trying to troubleshoot this way can be! My apologies for the lengthy post, I just wanted to make sure that any pertinent details were included.

In any case, we are experiencing a similar issue to others in this thread on a number of workstations at our company. We are running a mix of Windows 8.1 x64 Enterprise and 7 x64 Enterprise workstations and so far the issue has affected all the 8.1 x64 machines in the same way.

We have folder redirection enabled for documents/videos/pictures/music. We are in the process of removing the folder redirection GPO and forcing all files back locally (the GPO is set to do this when it is no longer applied to a user account). This process SHOULD work easily/smoothly but if you have any experience with Folder Redirection it generally does not.

So, we have been moving these directories back locally by right-clicking on them from explorer -> properties -> Location tab -> 'Restore Default' and then selecting the option to move the content back locally from the server. This works perfectly for Documents/Music/Videos.

However, for the 'Pictures' directory we HAVE the 'Location' tab but we there are no buttons beneath the listed path (you cannot change/edit the path here) for 'Restore Default' or 'Move' or 'Find Target'. We have tried having the user take ownership of the directory on the file server and force down their permissions onto it but it made no difference; still no 'Restore Default' button.

I got around this for my own user account using the reg fix listed above which was fine for me in an isolated instance. Unfortunately while that DID accomplish allowing me to have a 'local' pictures directory it still did not restore the buttons on the location tab (it's just set to a C: path you can't change instead of a network share).

In any case, this isn't a sustainable solution for ALL of our users as it requires making the reg key changes and then MANUALLY copying the appropriate files back down to the local directory from the server.

Is there any reason why that folder doesn't have the 'restore default' button? What controls if that appears or not? I have heard of the location tab not being present but not the button options on the location tab not being there.
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16 Apr 2014   #244
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Carloton, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Usually when the buttons are missing in the Location tab, there's a group policy like below set to not allow users to move their user folder.

User Folders - Allow or Prevent Moving Location

Group Policy Editor - Quickly View Enabled Policies in Windows

Hope this helps for now,
Shawn
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16 Apr 2014   #245
Carloton

8.1 Enterprise x64
 
 

Hi Shawn,

Thanks for the reply!

I looked at the applicable GPO's on my user account and confirmed that the 'Prohibit User from manually redirecting Profile Folders' is set to 'not configured'. I also confirmed that the reg keys don't exist in HKLM or HKCU to prevent my user account from changing the Profile Folders.

It wouldn't make too much sense even if it was enabled given that it did allow me to move the Documents/Music/Videos folder; just not Pictures.

However, it is interesting that the issue's behavior is exactly as if that was set.
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16 Apr 2014   #246
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

It is odd. OPTION TWO to manually move the Pictures folder may be worth trying.
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17 Apr 2014   #247
Carloton

8.1 Enterprise x64
 
 

Hi Shawn,

I actually did use 'option 2' (essentially) to force my system to stop redirecting the pictures folder to a network location by changing the appropriate DWORD values to %USERPROFILE%\Pictures in the following areas:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders

So, that 'worked' in that my pictures directory is now local. However, it didn't A) Move anything for me automatically from pictures to the local dir and B) Still does not have the move, restore default etc. buttons so you would have to edit the registry again to get it to go elsewhere.
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17 Apr 2014   #248
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I was afraid of that since the folder was not local.
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14 Aug 2014   #249
jero

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Restore default location for present AND future users' folders?

Hi!

A while ago, I followed the amazing "sysprepping" tutorial to relocate the user folders in my new Windows 8 Notebook PC from the default location in partition "C" to a different hard disk partition ("D").

I was very happy, knowing that my "sysprepped" Notebook would also automatically create User Folders for all future new user accounts in the non-default location ("D").

But... What happens? Some day Windows Update just starts refusing to install updates in my machine, citing "users folders having been relocated" as a probable cause.

So i give up the idea of having the User Folders in a non-default location, and now my two goals are...
(1) ...to relocate my present User Folders to the default location, AND
(2) ...to have the PC set in a way that it will also automatically create all future new users' folders in the default location.

My question is:

Will the first procedure (the one described at the beginning this article, i.e. manually relocating the present User Folders one by one) suffice to attain both goals... or should i go with a different procedure?

Thank you very much
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