1.    11 Oct 2015 #1
    Join Date : Oct 2015
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10

    Accidentally deleted desktop folder

    I have accidentally deleted my desktop folder. It is now renamed "downloads" and appears twice in file explorer under "this PC". I messed it up when I tried to make all my downloads go to the desktop. I can see it and work with it, but I want the desktop name back. I feel really dumb. Is there a way to get it back?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2.    11 Oct 2015 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 15,711
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14955

    Hello Kitscho, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Using steps 3 and 5 in OPTION TWO of the tutorial below to restore the default locations of your Desktop and Downloads folder should be able to help.

    Users Personal Folders - Restore Default Location in Windows 10
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3.    11 Oct 2015 #3
    Join Date : Oct 2015
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10

    Thank you for your suggestion, but that still left me with 2 download folders and no desktop folder..... If I could just rename one of the download folders as "desktop" that would make me feel better...but... alas, that does not seem to be an option...
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4.    11 Oct 2015 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 15,711
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14955

    Sometimes it may take a couple of restarts.

    Set to show hidden files to see if you may have the "C:\Users\(user-name)\Desktop" folder, but it's just hidden.

    Hidden Files, Folders, and Drives - Show in Windows 10
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


Similar Threads
Thread Forum
Solved Accidentally Deleted Administrator Account
I'm unsure if this is the proper section of the forum, but here goes. I upgraded to Windows 10 when it first was released. I had no issues initially. Randomly, my computer chose to log me in to a temporary profile. I was unable to access my files or...
User Accounts and Family Safety
Can Windows (old) folder be deleted
Can the "Windows (old)" folder be deleted safely? I only have a 128g ssd for my operating system, and 25gig is being taken up by a folder called Windows (old) I would like to free up some space.
Performance & Maintenance
Should $Windows~BT Folder be deleted after Windows10 is installed?
My question is simple and in the Title itself. It is, "Should $Windows~BT Folder be deleted after Windows10 is installed?"
Installation and Setup
Deleted Microsoft.WindowsStore... folder from user appdata, how to fix
Long story short, while trying to fix Store (stuck on circles loading screen forever) I ended up deleting the entire Microsoft.WindowsStore.somethingrandomalphanumeric inside my user AppData folder, which stopped the perpetual hang - by making Store...
Software and Apps
Solved I have accidentally deleted my downloads folder
not sure how but I was dragging and dropping lots of things and then moving them to the recycle bin and now I cant access my downloads folder, it just says ; (screenshot) https://gyazo.com/7e2708c4a12ac1d35a226000a5e76e7d
General Support
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 14:43.
Find Us
Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 10 Forums