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Windows 8.1 seems to change the way 'My Documents' works

  1. #1


    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)

    Windows 8.1 seems to change the way 'My Documents' works


    Windows 8.1 seems to have changed the way user shell folders get accessed.


    In Windows 7 I 'Located' my documents folder to 'J:\My Documents' - a separate physical drive.
    I upgraded to Windows 8 with no problem, and I see references to files in the registry like this below:


    Windows 8


    "File4"="J:\\My Documents\\Native Instruments\\Reaktor5\\Library\\Ensembles\\My Ensembles\\Mash-ups\\jiTTer v2+Sonitarium+Ryuchi+TT02samp.ens"


    That was extracted from the last registry I saved in Windows 8.


    After the 8.1 upgrade (Windows 8 Pro with Media Center -> Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center) I see this:


    Windows 8.1


    "File5"="C:\\Users\\Jim\\Documents\\My Documents\\Native Instruments\\Reaktor5\\Library\\Ensembles\\My Ensembles\\Mash-ups\\jiTTer v2+Sonitarium+Ryuchi+TT02samp.ens"


    The problem is that I don't have a path 'C:\Users\Jim\Documents\My Documents'


    I had a heck of a time getting 8.1 to find my documents.


    I eventually fixed it by using 'Locate' to move it to 'J:\Documents'.


    Unfortunately that copied (duplicated) my 160 GB documents folder and took a long time. The Locate tab says this is a move, but it isn't, it's a copy.


    After that things seemed OK and I deleted the old stuff.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    I think this post may explain the problem cause. I have 6 SATA drives.

    I am still keeping my documents in c:\docs\ - Am I mad?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Windows 8.1 seems to change the way 'My Documents' works
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