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    Public Folders - Restore

    Public Folders - Restore

    How to Restore Public Folders in Windows 7
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    How to Restore Public Folders in Windows 7

       Information
    This tutorial will show you how to restore any missing or moved Windows 7 Public folders located at C:\Users\Public.

    You will need to be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

       Note
    The hidden Favorites, Libraries, and nonhidden Public Recorded TV public folders are not included in this tutorial.


    EXAMPLE: Public folders
    Public Folders - Restore-public_folders.jpg


    Here's How:

       Warning
    If you have any duplicate public folders, or public folders that do not have a Location properties tab, then you will need to:
    • Backup only the folder's contents to another location to be safe.
    • Now proceed with the steps below



    1. To Restore Default Public Desktop Folder
    A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
    Restore_Default_Public_Desktop_Folder.reg
    2. To Restore Default Public Documents Folder
    A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
    Restore_Default_Public_Documents_Folder.reg
    3. To Restore Default Public Downloads Folder
    A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
    Restore_Default_Public_Downloads_Folder.reg
    4. To Restore Default Public Music Folder
    A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
    Restore_Default_Public_Music_Folder.reg
    5. To Restore Default Public Pictures Folder
    A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
    Restore_Default_Public_Pictures_Folder.reg
    6. To Restore Default Public Videos Folder
    A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
    Restore_Default_Public_Videos_Folder.reg
    7. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.

    8. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

    9. Click on Run, Yes, Yes, and OK when prompted.

    10. Open the C:\Users\Public folder. If a public folder is missing, then create a New Folder and rename it with the name below for each missing specific public folder.
    Public Folders Names


    NOTE: The names in red are hidden system folders.
    • Libraries
    • Desktop
    • Documents
    • Downloads
    • Music
    • Pictures
    • Recorded TV
    • Videos
    11. Open an elevated command prompt (Right click -> Run as administrator).

    12. In the elevated command prompt, Copy and Paste the command below for the public folder, and press Enter. This will restore the default attributes for the public folder. (see table below)

    Public Folder Command
    Libraries attrib +h +r -s %Public%\Libraries /S /D
    Desktop attrib +h +r -s %Public%\Desktop /S /D
    Documents attrib +r -s -h %Public%\Documents /S /D
    Downloads attrib +r -s -h %Public%\Downloads /S /D
    Music attrib +r -s -h %Public%\Music /S /D
    Pictures attrib +r -s -h %Public%\Pictures /S /D
    Videos attrib +r -s -h %Public%\Videos /S /D


    13. You may need to log off and log on, or restart the computer, to finish restoring the default public folder location.
    NOTE: Sometimes you may need to restart more than once for the changes to be applied.

    14. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file(s) on the desktop if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn Brink





  1. Posts : 22,814
    W 7 64-bit Ultimate
       #1

    Nice, good work Brink.
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  2. Posts : 70,219
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Thank you Ted. :)
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  3. Posts : 6
    windows 7
       #3

    restore public/desktop


    I lost my public desktop folder,Or I uninstalled. I read your post on how to restore it, and restared about 5 times and still i8cant get my folder bakc
    Is there anything else thatcould be done
    Thanks
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  4. Posts : 70,219
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Hello Wschw2, and welcome to Seven Forums.

    You can do a system restore using a restore point dated before it was deleted.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  5. Posts : 6
    windows 7
       #5

    I did a previous restore acct I had a program that i could delete, and the last date that I can restore to is 10 March 2010, i know the public desktop folder disappered long beforte that'

    Or is there a way to restore way before that.
    Thanks
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  6. Posts : 70,219
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Wschw,

    In that case you can do a repair install without losing anything.
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  7. Posts : 6
    windows 7
       #7

    how do I make a repair install?
    Thanks

    sorry about how to do it I just found the item, Thanks I'll let you know how it goes
    By the way you guys/girls are great Thanks
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  8. Posts : 6
    windows 7
       #8

    i tried a repair install and got the following message below: (I'M using a 64 bit)
    The following issues are preventing Windows from upgrading. Cancel the upgrade, complete each task, and then restart the upgrade to continue.

    • You can’t upgrade 64-bit Windows to a 32-bit version of Windows. To upgrade, obtain a 64-bit version of the installation disc, or go online to see how to install Windows 7 and keep your files and settings.
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  9. Posts : 70,219
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Do you have a "retail" 64-bit Windows 7 installed and using a 64-bit installation DVD?
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