Accessing Folders from Run Menu (Documents/Downloads/Pictures/Music)

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  1. Posts : 196
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       #1

    Accessing Folders from Run Menu (Documents/Downloads/Pictures/Music)


    Awhile ago, I relocated my folders from my C:\ Drive to my D:\ drive. The way I'd been accessing them now is through Windows Explorer. I'd recently discovered that when using the Run Menu to access these folders, it opens up a session of Windows Explorer to the old location. So say for instance, Music, I've put all on my D:\ drive, but when I try accessing Music from the Run menu, it will reference the old location.

    Is there a way to fix this or no...and HOW? Thanks.
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  2. Posts : 69,917
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #2

    Hello Josh,

    It seems something in the registry may be afoot. Possibly for the folders, or something for the Run history.

    Just to verify, did you move the individual folders or your profile folder including these folders?

    What method did you use to move them so we can back track with you to see if something may have gone wrong at some step.

    Next, what command did you use in Run to open the folders? I'll test on my system to see what it shows for me.

    For now, double check the two registry key locations below for each affected folder to see if they show the correct path for these folders.

    HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders

    HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
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  3. Posts : 196
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    I can't remember exactly which method I used when I initially moved my Music folder over but I seem to remember more recently for the other folders I went somewhere into C:\Users\<my profile name>, going into Properties, under the location tab and moving the said folder, for Picture, Downloads and Documents.
    As far as the Registry key locations, I checked both keys. All entries are pointing towards the correct locations, which in my case is now D:\(Documents, Downloads, Pictures or Music)\.

    It's weird, and I'll reiterate. If I go into Windows Explorer and click these folder names along the tree, they go to the correct spots. The only thing that is fouled up is when I use the Run menu to access these items.
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  4. Posts : 69,917
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #4

    What are you using in Run? I'll do some testing on my system using the same.
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  5. Posts : 196
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Brink said:
    What are you using in Run? I'll do some testing on my system using the same.
    Window key + R, type Pictures, Documents, Downloads, or Music

    That's essentially what I'm doing, and again, each goes to the old location.

    I did find a page that explains basically what I did, I also found your tutorial on it. Both are identical as far as I can see, but I just don't understand why the Run menu, when used, doesn't pick up on the new location.
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  6. Posts : 69,917
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #6

    For me, it opens the folder in "This PC". The folders in "This PC" are basically just a hard symbolic link like a shortcut.

    If you right click on the background in this open folder and click on Properties, does it show the correct location?
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  7. Posts : 196
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Brink said:
    For me, it opens the folder in "This PC". The folders in "This PC" are basically just a hard symbolic link like a shortcut.

    If you right click on the background in this open folder and click on Properties, does it show the correct location?
    Nope, it shows the old location.

    What would happen if I just delete these folders? Would Windows 10 just re-create them in the old location?
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  8. Posts : 69,917
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #8

    If they are still linked to the old location, it may get recreated.

    As a test, what does shell:my music open in the Run dialog?
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  9. Posts : 196
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Brink said:
    If they are still linked to the old location, it may get recreated.

    As a test, what does shell:my music open in the Run dialog?
    That opens up the correct "new" location.
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  10. Posts : 69,917
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #10

    That's good news. It means the folders are indeed correctly linked to the new location.

    As a test, clear the history for the Run dialog using option 2 below, and see if it still opens the wrong location using "Music" in Run.

    Clear File Explorer and Run Dialog Box History in Windows 10
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