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Cannot browse entire hard drive to change user account pic

  1. #1

    Cannot browse entire hard drive to change user account pic


    Very frustrated as I already found an answer to this once but did not record the procedure. Now I need to do it on another computer. Argh!

    Using Win8.1. Logged in with admin level account. Trying to change user account picture by browsing to custom folder located on under C:\Windows. Windows does not show all folders. Even shortcut to folder on my desktop cannot be seen when browsing desktop.

    I believe fix previously found was a REGEDIT hack, but no matter how I google, I cannot find it again.

    Thanks for any help.

    Cheers

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    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Frustrated, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you like, add that folder to your Pictures library. It should then be available to browse to and select.

    Library - Add a Folder to in Windows 8

    User Account Picture - Change in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Frustrated, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you like, add that folder to your Pictures library. It should then be available to browse to and select.

    Library - Add a Folder to in Windows 8

    User Account Picture - Change in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Thanks, but I have a reason for having the target folder in its current location.

    Cheers
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Frustrated1 View Post
    Very frustrated as I already found an answer to this once but did not record the procedure. Now I need to do it on another computer. Argh!

    Using Win8.1. Logged in with admin level account. Trying to change user account picture by browsing to custom folder located on under C:\Windows. Windows does not show all folders. Even shortcut to folder on my desktop cannot be seen when browsing desktop.

    I believe fix previously found was a REGEDIT hack, but no matter how I google, I cannot find it again.

    Thanks for any help.

    Cheers
    Maybe:

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  5. #5


    Thanks David, but I've already done that.

    Cheers
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Frustrated1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Frustrated, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you like, add that folder to your Pictures library. It should then be available to browse to and select.

    Library - Add a Folder to in Windows 8

    User Account Picture - Change in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Thanks, but I have a reason for having the target folder in its current location.

    Cheers
    The target folder will still be at the C:\Windows location.

    When you add a folder to a library, it's basically like a shortcut that can be browsed to and viewed in the library as well.

    If you like, give it a try to see what you think. You can always remove the folder from the library if it doesn't work the way you want.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Cannot browse entire hard drive to change user account pic
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