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Windows 7: User Folders - Restore Default Location

13 Sep 2010   #80
JimWin7

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 
Lost Location Tabs

I'm missing a Location tab in Properties for the My Documents, My Music and My Pictures folders. The My Videos folder does have a Location tab. Therefore I used Option 2, copied the problem folders to "C:\Jim Copy" and deleted the folders in "C:\Users\Jim". I then did steps 3, 7, and 12 through 20. In step 20 I didn't have to do anything because the default paths were already there. I then did step 23 for Documents, Music and Pictures. When I did step 25, the shell:My Music and shell:My Pictures went to a dead end. I tried shell:My Videos and it took me to the My Videos folder as it should. When I did step 25 for shell:Personal search it took me to a Documents folder instead of My Documents. This Documents folder does have a Location tab. I tried renaming Documents to My Documents but then the folder didn't have a Location tab so I changed it back to Documents. Below are the Users Jim folders before trying to correct it and the Regedit Shell list.
What am I doing wrong?




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13 Sep 2010   #81
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Jim,

Have you already restarted the computer a few times? Sometimes it may take a bit and a few restarts for the default folder to return.
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14 Sep 2010   #82
JimWin7

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 

Hi Brink,
I restarted several times but no change.
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14 Sep 2010   #83
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Ok. Time for plan B.

If you like, you can create a new administrator account, then copy all of the contents of the old user account's C:\Users\(user-name) folders (including hidden AppData folder) into the corresponding new account's C:\Users\(user-name) folder. After everything checks out ok, you can delete the old user account while logged in the new user account.
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20 Sep 2010   #84
JimWin7

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 
Success

Hurray, It worked. I now have Location tabs. Now I have to clean up Windows Virtual XP. I looks like I'll have to install the programs again in the one that's attached to the new User.
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20 Sep 2010   #85
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That's great news Jim.
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24 Sep 2010   #86
JimWin7

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 
Plan B Care

I did discover after some house cleaning and careful examination that the new My Pictures folder was missing the Location tab. I did plan B over and discovered that it's important to only copy the CONTENTS of the old user folders and NOT the folders themselves. Copying folders without a Location tab seems to make another folder without a Location tab but a copy of just the contents avoids the problem.

Thank you Brink, I learned a lot with your help.
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24 Sep 2010   #87
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted Jim. Thank you for posting back with your results.
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03 Oct 2010   #88
hallycat

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

I just want to thank you. Now I will tell you why

I was running Windows 7 on an older machine and it wasn't very stable, so I got a nice fast new box. I'd been waiting for SSD's to come down in price but couldn't wait any longer so got a 64 GB one thinking I would put My Documents, Music, Pics and most of the programs on the terabyte SATA I took out of the old box. Only I ended up losing My Music folder. Here's how:

I made a folder called Barbara on the E drive (that's the user name on the C drive) and moved the My Documents folder to it. That went fine. Then I moved the My Music folder to the Barbara folder. And *poof* I couldn't see it anymore. Mind you this folder was empty, I had yet to copy my backup to it. And also note that yes, I have a good backup, actually two. One on an external drive and one online. Note to people reading this, there are two kinds of users, those who have lost data and those who will lose data.


So I followed your instructions in this tutorial to restore it. Rebooted several times and it still didn't show. I'm thinking to myself I could see having to reboot but your statement that sometimes it takes a few reboots for fix didn't really hit me as something that would work. I had to leave for the day so I shut down. Note that walking away from a frustrating problem is often a good idea. So once away I thought to myself, if I don't find a way to fix it I will just create a new profile and ditch this one. The machine was all of a day old and hardly had anything installed that couldn't be easily moved to a different user. No big deal and lesson learned.
While looking for a fix I found someone who did the exact same thing, (naming the folder the same as the user name on c:\user) the answer he was given was not what I was looking for however so apparently it's NOT a good idea to do what I did heh.

Anyway, I get home last night and turn on machine and lo and behold there is the My Music folder back in my user folder on the C drive. I was quite amazed.
I was able to move the My Documents back where it started using location/restore default and the Barbara folder was not showing on E which was weird so I formatted the drive which was empty anyway and started over.

I've now moved everything over the proper way and all is fine.
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04 Oct 2010   #89
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Halleycat, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I'm happy to hear that you got everything sorted. Thank you for posting back with your findings.
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