I've accidentally replaced my User folder with my Pictures folder Solved

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  1.    #31

    When i search for C:\users\reece in the address bar it takes me to the folder that is my full name, not This PC > Windows (C:) > Users > reece.

    Which one are you referring to? I can't find one where I left my full name
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  2. Bree's Avatar
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       #32

    OK @RBS95, looks like you did forget to create a Pictures folder in C:\users\reece before moving pictures back to C:. And yes, it can be very confusing as to what you are actually looking at. I know - I've been struggling to make sense of my own PC after testing the effects of this self-inflicted 'error'

    What you have to remember is that there is really just the one folder, real name C:\Users\Reece, but two ways to look at it, a filter of sorts. The system makes extra things appear to be in it, or hides some, depending on whether it thinks you want to see it as a 'pictures' folder or as your 'profile' folder. The system determines this by how you approached the folder.

    When you start at the root of C: and go down through Users and then into what is actually Reese but shown as 'pictures' then you get the 'Profile' view, this is why you see Videos in it and a Pictures folder. That's your first screenshot. You get the same viewpoint if you click on Reece in the navigation pane on the left.

    If you click on the Pictures folder you find inside 'Reece', you are still looking at the same folder but you get the 'pictures' view - the Videos and Pictures folders do not appear, as in your second screenshot. You can also see it like this if you click on Pictures under This PC in the navigation pane. The list vs. rows look is easily sorted, just set each viewpoint to be 'details' and they'll both be lists.

    The good news is I've fixed my test PC and got it back to normal, the bad news is that I was playing around and trying various thing to do so. I'll need to re-image to a clean machine, break it again, then take the steps to fix it in what I think should be the correct order before I'll be able to give you the instructions.

    Bear with me, I'll try not to be too long. In the mean time, compare your two 'views' of the same folder with mine in post #20. You'll notice I kept the camera roll and other folders inside my pictures rather than leaving them on the other drive like you have. You can leave them on D: - they are not part of the fix.
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  3.    #33

    Thank you for all the help. I was just having a look through again, obviously after initially finding the mistake I tried to correct it by moving my pictures folder back to where it should have been, which is I'm assuming why I have a pictures folder inside the pictures folder where yours is missing. When I realised it wasn't an easy fix I then posted here, so apologies there are probably a few steps I took trying to resolve it that mean we have a few folders in some different places.

    Additionally, I also still have a pictures folder in my D: drive, which contains the same contents as the correct C: drive pictures folder, apart from the fact that it hasn't updated with my new screenshots folder because I'm assuming that isn't linked anymore so is no longer updating. That D:\pictures folder contains the camera roll and saved pictures folders which I'm assuming you're referring to as the ones that are still on my D: drive. When I check the location in the properties for these folders it shows as D:\pictures, but when I check the ones in the folder in C: they show correctly as C:\users\reece\pictures.

    Out of interest I took a picture on my webcam to see where it saves and it goes to the Camera Roll folder in the pictures folder on my D: drive. So it seems the Pictures folder as a whole on D: isn't linked anymore, but the Camera Roll and probably Saved Pictures folders inside it are still linked. How would I resolve that? Is that just a case of relocating the camera roll and saved pictures folders from D: over the top of the ones in C:, and then deleting the Pictures folder from D: completely?
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       #34

    I'll get back to you later, it's proving more difficult than I expected to retrace my steps...
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       #35

    Sorry that too longer than expected @RBS95,

    First here's how I broke my machine to recreate your problem. I created a a new local admin account named Reece to use for this test. I signed in and moved its Pictures folder location to my Data drive (E:) saying Yes to 'move all the files?'. Then I moved it back again, but to C:\Users\Reece (deliberately NOT making a Pictures folder as I should have done) again moving all the files with it. This merged the Pictures and the Profile folders, making them impossible to move or separate in the normal way.


    To repair the damage done, follow these steps in this order. I had to start over several times to get a sequence that would work, so do not try any short cuts.

    1. Open File Explorer, in the View ribbon tick 'File name extensions' and 'Hidden files'. On the View ribbon, click Options > change folder and search options. Click the View tab scroll down and untick 'Hide folder merge conflicts' and 'Hide protected system files'.

    2. in the navigation pane on the left, click on Reece (the one with a user icon to its left).

    3. In the Reece folder, create a new folder named Pictures. You will now see two Pictures folders, the original one with a pictures icon, the new one as a plain folder.

    4. find the desktop.ini file in C:\Users\Reece and move it into the new C:\Users\Reece\Pictures you just created.

    5. Move your live folders 'Camera Roll', 'Saved Pictures', 'Screenshots' (only exist after you've used WinKey+PrtScn) and any photos to the new C:\Users\Reece\Pictures you created.

    6.
    Open Regedit, go to the key...
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
    and edit both {0DDD015D-B06C-45D5-8C4C-F59713854639} and 'My Pictures' to point to %USERPROFILE%\Pictures

    7. You now have a functional pictures folder with all its standard sub-folders located in the C:\Users\Reece\Pictures folder. If you wish, you can now move it elsewhere.


    Note: initially the folder may just have a plain folder icon. After I had made the changes it took about 10 minutes of using the PC before the normal pictures folder icon returned. If it doesn't return, try a Restart or two. If it still doesn't come back try rebuilding the Icon Cache.


    my thanks go to @Barman58 for bringing desktop.ini to my attention, moving that was key to getting this to work.
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  6.    #36

    3. In the Reece folder, create a new folder named Pictures. You will now see two Pictures folders, the original one with a pictures icon, the new one as a plain folder.

    When I try to follow this step I get asked if I want to merge the folder

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    Do I select Yes?
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       #37

    In your case it looks like you already have taken steps to correct the situation and have an active Pictures folder physically located in C:\Users\Reece.

    No, don't merge them. We need to stop and assess you precise situation in order to determine if any further steps need to be taken.

    My instructions were specifically for the situation where 'pictures' had been move to D: the move back to C:\Users\Reece in error, rather than C:\Users\Reece\Pictures as it should have been. You appear to have taken steps that have already partially or fully corrected the error.

    What remaining confusing effects do you see? Does the C:\Users\Reece folder still get named as 'pictures' in some parts of Explorer? If you open that Pictures folder shown in your screenshot above, do you still see files like the hidden NTUSER.DAT that are actually physically held in C:\Users\Reece? If when you open Pictures you just see your photos files and the Camera Roll etc. folders, then it looks like you have managed to separate your pictures and profiles folders and that you need no further work.
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  8.    #38

    This is what the Reece (surname) folder in the left column looks like with the hidden files showing

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    This is what the Pictures folder (C:\users\pictures\pictures) looks like

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    The only obvious things I can see that are still wrong are a) the user folder is still called Pictures instead of reece, and shows with the Pictures icon instead of a normal folder icon

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    and b) my camera roll and saved pictures folders are still linked from the Pictures folder that I still have in my D: drive, even though the Pictures folder in D: as a whole is no longer linked so doesn't contain the Screenshots folder created earlier.

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    These are the only things that remain to be solved as far as I can tell, though I suspect I may have to make a new user account and delete my current one to do that
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       #39

    RBS95 said: View Post
    a) the user folder is still called Pictures instead of reece, and shows with the Pictures icon instead of a normal folder icon
    You still have a copy of the desktop.ini file in C:\Users\Reece. That's what determines how the folder appears in Explorer. Delete it, or if you want to be ultra cautious, just rename it to desktop.old for now, then delete it when your happy it's safe to do so.

    ...and b) my camera roll and saved pictures folders are still linked from the Pictures folder that I still have in my D: drive, even though the Pictures folder in D: as a whole is no longer linked so doesn't contain the Screenshots folder created earlier.
    Let's experiment and find out if the 'Camera Roll' and Saved Pictures' folders that appear in Pictures are actually the ones on D:

    Go into each by double-clicking on them in your Pictures folder. Create a new text file in each, then look on D: to see if that's where they have been created. If so, it should be possible to use Explorer to cut the two folders from D: and paste them into C:\Users\Reece\Pictures. That's effectively what I did in Step 5, except I was moving them from C:\Users\Reece. After moving, check...
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
    ...it should have kept track of the move you made, as it did for me.

    If it turns out the new text file doesn't get made in the D: folder, you need to look for where it actually ended up. It may be that new C:\Users\Reece\Pictures\Camera Roll (and Saved Pictures) folders have been created and are now active. In which case the copies on D: can be deleted, or their contents moved to the active ones if they have files that aren't already there.

    I think you can get away with not needing to make a new account.
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       #40

    Reece,

    You have done it again. In the first of your latest batch of diagrams, your surname is displayed in the File explorer search box. You had said that you did not want to post your surname.

    Denis
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