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User folders epic failure. Can't restore.

  1. #1


    Posts : 143
    Windows 8.1

    User folders epic failure. Can't restore.


    I have this issue for a while. At one time I set both the documents and the downloads to the same folder. But now in windows 8.1 (maybe in 8 too) it got totally screwed up. I have two documents folders, or two download folders. If I restore them to default both restore to %UserProfile%\Documents.

    I somehow got it to show downloads with the proper icon for the downloads folder (and the documents too, but I don't use that) previously, but it got messed up again after installind updates for 8.1.

    It's clearly a bug in windows. But how can I repair the folders manually? Any relevant registry keys?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Avada,

    You might see if using Option Two in the tutorial below to manually restore the user folders may be able to help.

    User Folders - Restore Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 143
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks I'll have a look. (Didn't see option two)
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    You'll just need to scroll down a bit until you see the Option Two section.
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User folders epic failure. Can't restore.
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