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Files get saved in the wrong library when dual booting

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    Files get saved in the wrong library when dual booting


    So I have both Windows 7 and 8 on my machine and am currently primarily using 8. I save all of my work and files to my 8 partition C: whenever I choose the location, but for applications/programs that automatically save to a library and where I can't choose the location, those programs always save it to my Windows 7 partition E:.

    For example, using Windows key + PrtSc takes a screenshot of your screen and saves it to your pictures library. However, the picture gets saved to E:\Users\[username]\Pictures instead of C:\Users\[username]\Pictures. I guess it thinks my main library is still on the 7 partition instead of the 8 partition. The same things happens with games that I play where the save files are automatically saved in the My Games folder in My Documents. The save files are saved in the E: partition documents library instead of C: partition documents library.

    Basically, I don't know where I'd go or what setting I'd change to fix this behavior. My default OS is set to Windows 8 in msconfig and all of my games are installed on my C drive, so I don't know why they would save to my E drive. Since the screenshot command uses the same behavior, I'm guessing there's a setting somewhere that's making my Windows 7 library the default. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Hello The Visitor,

    You could use the tutorials below to help double check to see what folders you have added (included) in the libraries, and to see what folder you have set to be the default (for you) and public "save" location for a library.

    Library - Add a Folder to in Windows 8

    Library - Set Default & Public Save Locations in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Hello Brink,

    Thank you for the response. I looked at both tutorials and found that the included folders in my libraries are the default ones listed in the first tutorial (i.e., My Documents and Public Documents on C drive, My Pictures and Public Pictures on C drive, etc.). I then followed the second tutorial and set default and and public save locations, but that did not work. I'm not sure about the video game saves as I have not tested those yet, but the Windows key + PrtSc command still saves my screenshots on my E drive.
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    Did you move your user folders from Windows 8 to the E: drive?
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    No, I just left my old user folders as they were when I stopped using 7 and saved all of my new stuff to the new user folders when I switched to 8.
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    If it helps, when I click on restore defaults on an individual library's properties window, it restores the save locations to the E drive path.
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    What location (E or C) does the included folders in the libraries have?

    Double check using OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to make sure that your user folders are set to the default C: location.

    User Folders - Restore Default Location - Windows 7 Forums
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    Thank you for the very quick replies Brink. It is much appreciated ^^.

    Anyways, it is currently 2:30AM where I am so I will try that option in the morning, but in the meantime I tried option 1 just out of curiosity and found 2 folders of each type (i.e., 2 My Music folders, 2 My Documents folders, etc., one each on my C drive and one on my E drive) in the resulting windows that popped up after the run command. The ones located on my C drive don't have a location tab on them to restore default location to, and the ones on my E drive have their default location set to the E drive folder. When I click on restore default, it changes it back to C drive.

    When I do this tomorrow, should I try that change first or should I just go ahead with the registry stuff in option 2? Thank you again!
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    You're welcome.

    If you're user folders are actually on the C: drive, then I'd check the libraries first to make sure the included folders are the ones from the C drive.

    Otherwise, it wouldn't hurt anything to use the tutorial as a guide to double check to make sure the registry entries and such are the same as in the tutorial.
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