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I need to have unique identifiers in Windows Explorer

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    I need to have unique identifiers in Windows Explorer


    My Windows 8 runs on VirtualBox which in turn is hosted on Ubuntu. In Ubuntu I have a folder called Documents, specifically it is at \home\userName\Documents. In Windows I have a folder called Documents, specifically it is at C:\Users\userName\Documents. I can see this from Windows Explorer when I right click "My Documents" and then the tab "Location". In the "Location" tab there is the path C:\Users\userName\Documents.

    This is risky since Windows Explorer identifies the folder as "My Documents" when in actual fact it is "Documents" as visible in the "Location" tab.

    I need to eliminate user errors caused by belief that the folder name is "My Documents".

    At this point an example of such an error may be appropriate, but I think it's so obvious that an example is a painfully boring distraction. One user error might be that if the user copies "My Documents" to E: (which points to \home\userName in Ubuntu) he would expect that "\home\userName\My Documents" will be created parallel to "\home\userName\Documents". In fact, what will happen is that the folder from Windows is actually named "Documents", contrary to the appearance in Windows Explorer, and the contents there will become intermingled with the documents that were already present in \home\userName\Documents. This is a disaster. In general identifying things non-uniquely creates risk. In general we need one-to-one identfiers to minimize error recovery effort.

    I need a permanent solution that is not manual. That is, I do not want to manually remove the prefix "My ". I did this before but somehow, perhaps in the upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8, the prefix reappeared.

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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    The only think I can think of would be to use this method of putting your User folder in a whole different location:

    User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

    I see what you mean though, from Within Windows the "My Documents" Folder always is listed as "My Documents" even though it is hamed "Documents" when you remove the breadcrumbed address. Even my 2nd drive, which has Windows 7 says "My Documents", but when going into the folder it's like this:

    D:\Users\ASUS\Documents

    But if you look in the Users folder while having system and hidden files shown, you will see a second "My Computer" folder that you can't get to, I think it is a dynamic link NAMED "My Documents" that points to your Documents folder (and renames it in the Explorer Shell). That's just a guess, I have always wondered why there needs to be a hidden My Docs folder (that can't be opened).

    But this is a System File, you can't really do much to it in terms of customizing it or renaming it. What you CAN do though, is create a whole different folder for holding Documents, and you can ADD it to your Library:

    Library - Add a Folder to in Windows 8

    I would try something like this, just don't use the Windows Doc folder at all, use another one and add it to the Library, that way it will be in the library, and it will also stand alone by itself. Make sure that every user on the system knows not to use the regular Documents folder. This way, people would know to copy the files from THAT folder and you wont have that Horror Scenario you mentioned

    I've tried all kinds of ways of renaming the Documents folder or even changing it's icon, which I hate. We are pretty much stuck with what it is, being a system folder, some programs depend on it being right where it is and named what it is, because they create folders in My Documents for Storing files related to and created by the programs. So, the My Documents folder has to be left unmolested for those programs to work.
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    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Just for grins you might see if you can turn libraries off and see what happens. There may be a tutorial how to disable the libraries feature. I tend to use self named folders so that I can make them the same across Windows releases. I've been using "C:\download" forever and I hate it when programs download into "Downloads"" under the user name. Just annoying.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    You can disable Libraries:

    How to Disable ?Libraries? Feature in Windows 7? - AskVG

    or

    How to Enable or Disable the Libraries Feature in Windows 7

    It may be an irreversible tweek.

    Actually, having the Download Folder as part of the Users folder has worked great for me, I can set a shortcut to the folder on my desktop. I used to keep stuff in C:\Downloads all the time too, but I guess I just got used to having it in the new place. Windows XP never accommodated us like that.
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    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    You can disable Libraries:

    How to Disable ?Libraries? Feature in Windows 7? - AskVG

    or

    How to Enable or Disable the Libraries Feature in Windows 7

    It may be an irreversible tweek.

    Actually, having the Download Folder as part of the Users folder has worked great for me, I can set a shortcut to the folder on my desktop. I used to keep stuff in C:\Downloads all the time too, but I guess I just got used to having it in the new place. Windows XP never accommodated us like that.
    I'd feel more accommodation if they'd leave something in the same spot for 3 releases in a row. The hunt is a time waster.
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    Adelaide
    Posts : 1,338
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)


    You can disable and re-enable the Libraries in W7 (in the Navigation pane).
    I've done it recently (re-enabled yesterday in fact).

    Tutorial
    Libraries Folder - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane - Windows 7 Help Forums

    That tutorial shows you how to hide them in the Navigation pane.
    It doesn't remove them from your system.

    On my PC, those operations disabled my custom logon screen wallpaper though (I have no idea why).
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    Can't you do all this in folder permissions - common folders could be shared while individual users have their own Documents - this seems to be what happens on Networked type drives anyway.

    Simpler solution - upgrade to Windows 8.1 -- Libraries are GONE !!!!!

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    This freebie makes it almost fun to change the items in the navpane.

    edit: it works in W7. I haven't tried it on W8 yet. But if someone is feeling adventurous...
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    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    This freebie makes it almost fun to change the items in the navpane.

    edit: it works in W7. I haven't tried it on W8 yet. But if someone is feeling adventurous...
    Oh, no, not moi! I have an external drive that I put all of "my" documents on, but I have to do it manually. I've been doing it so long it's second nature to me now. I don't use 'my documents' or 'documents' on any of my computers.

    As an aside, I haven't had the guts to put 8.1 on this new HP system. Win 8 is working OK for me, and since I've had it, I hardly ever go to the Win 7 machine any more.
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    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    I'm on W8 because I got a Laptop with it on. I'm happy that it was very ready to use compared to my previous desktop preinstalled machines. But it's my first Laptop. I'm not sure how much to attribute to W8 and how much to the fact it's a Laptop.
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