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Windows 7: User Folders - Restore Default Location

15 Aug 2010   #60
Caspid

Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Caspid,

Moving them to another location (ex: another partition or drive) instead will then have them not show up in the C:\Users\(user-name) folder location. They will now show up to where you moved them.

https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/18629-user-folders-change-default-location.html
Even after moving it using the instructions found there (and clicking "yes" to moving the files), a shortcut to the new location remains in my user folder. For example, I tried to move Searches to my E: drive and got this odd result:




The shortcut only shows up in shell:UsersFilesFolder though, not in C:\Users\(user-name).




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15 Aug 2010   #61
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You will not be able to remove it from the shell location since it is a mlink. It will only be like a shortcut to the real location that you moved it to though.
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15 Aug 2010   #62
rkidd

win 7 pro x64
 
 

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

In addition to the download, did you also do steps 18-21 to change the location at the other registry entry?

yup.. after merging the file reg and going into regedit, the shell folders default location was already set for My Music
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15 Aug 2010   #63
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

rkidd,

You might try copying and pasting the command instead to see if it may have just been a typo or spacing issue. Be sure that you are using a elevated (run as administrator) command prompt.

attrib +r -s -h %USERPROFILE%\Desktop /S /D
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16 Aug 2010   #64
rkidd

win 7 pro x64
 
 

thank you for the advice.. *all solved now* i worked out what i had done wrong. i had moved "my music" and then lost the location tab to move it again, so i deleted it thinking it would return to default. using your tutorial the reason why regedit had the correct location and the shell folders showed nothing is because i just found "my music" in the recycle bin with the correct c:\users\...\music location so i just restored item and i'm back to normal again.

thanking you for the tutorial, lovin the site and still working my way through reading all the in depth tutorials
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16 Aug 2010   #65
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome. I'm just happy to hear that you were able to get it restored.
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25 Aug 2010   #66
southieguy

windows 7 home premium - 32 bit
 
 

Sean:
My question is - what do you think of my idea to follow the tutorial to go back.
Here's my thinking on why I should, and I would surely welcome your comments/critique of this "plan":
When I ran XP and had 1 drive, I always partioned the drive and separated my data from the OS.
When I first migrated to W7, and still had only 1 drive, I did the same; and also used your helpful tutorial to move my user files to my data partition.
A few months ago I got a 2nd hard-drive and also a LaCie plug-in drive, and moved all my data and user files to the 2nd drive.
I use Acronis to back up my C:\ drive, and a 2nd Acronis backup to do the same for my data drive.
I also take Windows images periodically, and that's what got me thinking of moving my user files back to C:\
I just realized that the windows image is of both the C:\ and data drive; and that if I ever had to use the image to restore it would take 2 working disks to do so.
I think moving things back and having all my W7 stuff and programs on the C;\ drive would make imaging simpler, and recovery simpler.

I would appreciate your thoughts on this idea of going back.
Thanks,
Dick
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25 Aug 2010   #67
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Dick,

I agree, unless you included both the Windows 7 C: drive and the drive that you moved your user profile to in the image backup, then it would be much easier to image with everything located on the Windows 7 C: drive.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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25 Aug 2010   #68
southieguy

windows 7 home premium - 32 bit
 
 

Thank you Sean. Seeing as how there are 7 pages to this tutorial, I hope when I do this that all goes smoothly (because of previous commitments I wont be doing this 'till tomorrow). I dont want to have to add another page here.

Thanks again,
Dick
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25 Aug 2010   #69
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I hope it goes smoothly for you as well. To be extra safe, back up anything that you do not want to lose in your user folders to another location.
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