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My Images redirecting to Main User

  1. #1


    Belgium
    Posts : 5
    Windows 7 Professional 32-bit SP1

    My Images redirecting to Main User


    Good afternoon everyone

    On a MSI CR70 running on Windows 8.0, I wanted to change the location for "My Images" from "D:\Pictures" to "C:\Users\Main User*\Pictures". Because the folder didn't already exist, the bar where you could fill in the new location** kept setting it to "C:\Users\Main User". So now I have accidentally changed the location from My Images to "Main User". It's very weird this redirecting, as the "Main User"-folder looks disappeared in Win Explorer, but then "Contacts" is in "Main User\Contacts" and at the same time in "Main Use\Images\Contacts". It's frustrating that Windows doens't let me change the location of "Pictures" back to where it came from or back in the normal folder, and I don't like it.

    If somebody could help me, they would make my day!

    With kind regards...

    *I don't exactly know how to translate it
    **how is this actually called in English?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Breakboon, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You might see if restoring the affected user folders back to their default locations using OPTION TWO in the tutorial below may be able to help. Afterwards, you could move them to where you wanted instead.

    User Folders - Restore Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Belgium
    Posts : 5
    Windows 7 Professional 32-bit SP1


    Thank you very much, Shawn, and thank you for the welcome. There just this one issue: In step 25 they ask to enter

    attrib +r -s -h "%USERPROFILE%\Pictures" /S /D

    But then the command prompt returns

    File not found - C:\Users\(main-user)\Pictures

    I guess that's because the 'My Pictures'-folder is actually redirected to/replaced with the (main-user)-folder? :-/
    At least there exists something to correct stupid mistakes :-)

    C:\Users\(main-user) doesn't exist
    Desktop\(main-user)\Pictures exists
    This redirecting stuff, it's confusing!
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    So the main user profile folder "C:\Users\(user-name) for this account doesn't exist on C: ?

    Did you only move the user folders in the main profile folder, or the whole profile folder itself?

    It's sounding like you moved the whole profile folder. Do you have link to the steps you used?
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  5. #5


    Belgium
    Posts : 5
    Windows 7 Professional 32-bit SP1


    No, I only changed the location of the user folder. But somehow, the (user-name)-folder on C:\ has been replaced with "My Pictures".

    So C:\Users\My_Pictures does exist. And if you click on that folder, you get the other user folders like Contacts, Downloads...
    I certainly didn't move the whole profile folder.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    In that case, double check to make sure that all of your user folders are set correctly to the default location in the registry using the same tutorial above.

    Next, only double check to make sure that the path is correct for your user profile "C:\Users\(user-name)" in the registry using Method Two in OPTION ONE below.

    User Profile - Change Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  7. #7


    Belgium
    Posts : 5
    Windows 7 Professional 32-bit SP1


    Click image for larger version
    This is what regedit looked like when I entered the code in the command prompt. Hoofdgebruiker = main user

    Should I put the Pictures Location back to 'c:\Users\Pictures', where it came from before I changed it and then continue with the second tutorial you posted?
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  8. #8


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Before doing anything else, let's see what it shows for your main user profile folder location in the second tutorial.
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  9. #9


    Belgium
    Posts : 5
    Windows 7 Professional 32-bit SP1


    I'll work on it next week-end, as I am away in the week...
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  10. #10


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Ok. I'll be here when you get back. Have fun and be safe.
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