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

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  1. Posts : 18
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    I've accidentally replaced my User folder with my Pictures folder


    I have a laptop with an SSD and a HDD, so I decided I would move the Videos and Pictures folders to my HDD to save some room on the SSD. So, C:\Users\reece\Videos changed to D:\Videos as intended. I tried the same with Pictures and Documents but then changed my mind so tried to move it back into the C:\Users\reece folder, but accidentally replaced the reece folder, so now my C:\Users folder looks like this Imgur: The magic of the Internet (evang is another profile, Pictures should obviously say reece and be a normal folder). This is what it looks like inside the C:\Users\Pictures folder Imgur: The magic of the Internet, it's exactly as it should be and all of the folders work correctly apart from the fact it says Pictures and not reece. After doing some research I've seen regedit User Shell Folders might be used to solve it so here a screenshot of that incase it helps Imgur: The magic of the Internet. I've also ran through option 2 on this link Restore Default Location of Personal Folders in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials to restore the Pictures folder to where it should be, but my user folder still remains as "Pictures" instead of just my name. Is there a way to get it set back to normal? I don't have a system restore point and whenever I try to create a reece folder in C:\Users it just disappears
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
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    I have a laptop with an SSD and a HDD, so I decided I would move the Videos and Pictures folders to my HDD to save some room on the SSD. So, C:\Users\reece\Videos changed to D:\Videos as intended.

    I tried the same with Pictures and Documents but then changed my mind so tried to move it back into the C:\Users\reece folder, but accidentally replaced the reece folder, so now my C:\Users folder looks like this

    Imgur: The magic of the Internet (evang is another profile, Pictures should obviously say reece and be a normal folder).

    This is what it looks like inside the C:\Users\Pictures folder
    Imgur: The magic of the Internet
    ,
    it's exactly as it should be and all of the folders work correctly apart from the fact it says Pictures and not reece.

    After doing some research I've seen regedit User Shell Folders might be used to solve it so here a screenshot of that in case it helps Imgur: The magic of the Internet.

    I've also ran through option 2 on this link
    Restore Default Location of Personal Folders in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials

    to restore the Pictures folder to where it should be, but my user folder still remains as "Pictures" instead of just my name.

    Is there a way to get it set back to normal? I don't have a system restore point and whenever I try to create a reece folder in C:\Users it just disappears
    Hi, you've made a good attempt to sort this out and provided useful info.

    Have a look at properties of C:\Users\Pictures
    I've accidentally replaced my User folder with my Pictures folder-untitled.png

    That's the properties of my C:\Users\<my name> folder
    - it's set to General.
    I guess yours is set to Pictures.

    You might try setting yours to that as a start.
    (I understand from your description that the content of C:\Users\Pictures is correct but should be C:\Users\reece - please confirm).

    Note: screenshots are best posted here using the Image Icon above your post. Thanks.

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  3. Posts : 18
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
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    Hi, just checked the properties and it's the same as yours, set as General Items

    I've accidentally replaced my User folder with my Pictures folder-4.png

    If this also helps, when I look at the location of one of my user folders i.e. Music, it tells me that it is still located in C:\Users\reece. Also, when I view the users folder from my girlfriend's profile my folder correctly shows as "reece" - no sign of the incorrect pictures folder I can see from my profile.
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  4. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 31,773
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #4

    Where does
    shell:my pictures
    in explorer's address bar take you?

    And where does
    shell:UsersFilesFolder
    in explorer's address bar take you?

    Some of your icons don't look right.. have you modified them?
    I've accidentally replaced my User folder with my Pictures folder-1.jpg

    yours:
    I've accidentally replaced my User folder with my Pictures folder-untitled.png
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  5. Posts : 18
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    shell:my pictures takes me to This PC > Pictures. shell:UsersFilesFolder takes me to the folder in this picture with my name on where i've covered my surname

    I've accidentally replaced my User folder with my Pictures folder-untitled.png

    None of the icons have been modified, they have looked like that since I got the laptop brand new. This is a screen shot of my This PC page, where my icons are the same as yours, and also the icons on my desktop are the same as yours
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  6. Try3's Avatar
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    You can check & alter the individual user folder paths in the Registry at
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
    1 Note that "Personal" means your Documents foder path
    2 Check that the path exists before using the Registry to set a path.

    Denis
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  7. Posts : 18
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Here is a screenshot of that page in regedit, what would I need to change? All of the paths are correct as far as I can tell, it's the actual user folder that is the issue

    I've accidentally replaced my User folder with my Pictures folder-3.png
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  8. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 31,773
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
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    Good the shell variables do the right thing.

    Now from a command prompt please check
    echo %userprofile%
    gives you what you expect. I think it will.

    If that's ok, now try
    %userprofile%
    in file explorer's address bar.

    What path do you see in the address bar?

    In the registry, see if you can find
    C:\users\pictures
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  9. Posts : 18
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Command prompt gives me this

    I've accidentally replaced my User folder with my Pictures folder-6.png

    %userprofile% in file explorer's address bar takes me to that same folder that is my full name, so that's all that shows in the address bar.

    Just had a look through the registry and also ran a search and came up with nothing for C:\users\pictures
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  10. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 31,773
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
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    Ok, all sounds good. My guess is there's just something extraneous in C:\Users.
    You clearly have a folder Reece there, but not displayed. The commands below should demonstrate that.
    I'm guessing there's something like a hardlink or junction to Pictures.

    Try this: boot to a command prompt (i.e. outside Windows) - e.g. via SHIFT + left click Restart, and follow prompts), then identify the drive letter which is your Windows partition (it won't be C:). Call it x

    Try
    DIR x:\USERS > x:dir.txt

    DIR x:\USERS \ADH > x:\diradh.txt

    DIR x:\USERS \AH > x:\dirah.txt

    Reboot to Windows and post those.

    When we have that I'll ask someone else to take a look.
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