documents and desktop folders mixed up

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    john7103 said:
    MisterEd, yes exactly like that and it goes straight to desktop


    This Is What I Get KeithM

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    Usually "Desktop" points to one location and "Documents" points to a different one.

    There is a problem when both "Desktop" & " Documents" points to the same target destination.

    The issue is how to make these folders point again to different target destinations.
    Yep, took another look at your .reg file.

    Not only are the Documents folders under This PC (Personal & {f42ee2d3-909f-4907-8871-4c22fc0bf756}) pointing to ...\OneDrive\Documents, but so is {754AC886-DF64-4CBA-86B5-F7FBF4FBCEF5}, which is hte Desktop folder under This PC and thus the source of files seen on your Desktop.

    So the SendTo shortcut is fine, it just the wrong folder is designated as your Desktop.

    Not sure if you turned off the desktop.ini files as I suggested. If not, vrify actual folder names in PowerShell or a Command Prompt.

    • If the correct Desktop folder is named "Desktop" & under your UserProfile folder, you can delete the value named {754AC886-DF64-4CBA-86B5-F7FBF4FBCEF5}. It doesn't exist on a clean install & isn't created until the Desktop is redirected.
    • If your desired Desktop folder is different from the default, edit path for the value {754AC886-DF64-4CBA-86B5-F7FBF4FBCEF5} to that of your desired Desktop.

    After a log off/log on, you should be good.
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    Thread Starter

    Hi KeithM, tryed running the commands you gave me to turn off desktop.ini but they didn't work for me as for verifying folder names in powershell how do I go about doing that thanks, john
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  3. Posts : 989
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    If the names were correct and you're using an English language version of windows, you wouldn't notice any difference, as icon caching prevents the icons from disappearing right away.

    Listing a driectory iin PowerShell is just like a Command Prompt. The actual Cmdlet is Get-ChildItem, but you can use any of the aliases:
    • gci
    • dir
    • ls

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    Thread Starter

    Hi KeithM, after deleting the value 754AC886-DF64-4CBA-86B5-F7FBF4FBCEF5 and logoff/on still the same I really don't understand what's going on, john
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    • Doube-check OneDrive settings to make susre it isn't set to "backup" Desktop.
    • Copy & psate each of the following into the Explorer Address bar and see what folder opens:
      • shell:ThisPCDesktopFolder
      • shell:Personal
      • shell:Local Documents
      • shell:::{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}

    • The first one should open your Desktop folder
    • The next two should open This PC > Documents ( which should be displaying the content of ...\OneDrive\Documents )
    • The last one should also show the contents of ...\OneDrive\Documents, but with the full path in the Address bar.
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