Windows 10: Where/How do I save in my new Win10 laptop backed-up files & from Win7 Solved


  1. Posts : 49
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       03 Feb 2016 #1

    Where/How do I save in my new Win10 laptop backed-up files & from Win7


    I'm secretary of a local sports club and I've always saved my files using layers of sub-folders, something that XP and Win7 allowed me to do. Not so Win 10 - when I saved and then copied into Win10, most of the folders were either lost, screwed up or dumped all over the place.

    Here's how I did it in Win7: (Obviously there are more folders at the top level and many more sub-folders underneath.)


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    My solution is to rename every sub-folder that only had a date so that eg under Agendas are now "Agenda 2015" & "Agenda 2016". This should work but the other problem I had is that some of what I saved went into This PC and others were 'taken over' by OneDrive, and I've no idea how/why.

    I posted in the Microsoft Community as that seemed the sensible thing to do. One helpful insider suggested that I'd booted into the Start Screen [which doesn't allow folder hierarchies] instead of into the desktop and asked if I'd activated tablet mode (which I hadn't). But I want to end up with Folders in Documents. Another thought I'd not got used to W10's File Explore (which I haven't) and a third was a grumpy goat, picking holes. Horrid man.

    At the moment I'm having to save everything to my desktop - that goes against everything I've been taught and I'm running out of space.

    Would someone please treat me as a complete idiot (which I'm beginning to think I am) and tell me precisely what I should do next? Insert memory stick, open 'This PC', then what please?

    PS Someone suggested creating a network for the two PCs and simply drag the stuff across.
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  2. Barman58's Avatar
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       03 Feb 2016 #2

    The way that folders work is essentially the same in windows 7 and Windows 10. It's only the start menu that is changed

    How you perform your transfer depends basically on how much data is involved

    Will all your data fit onto a USB stick that you have access to ?

    If so ...

    • insert the USB stick into the system containing the windows 7 data
    • Open Two windows one for the windows 7 data and one for the USB
    • arrange/size the windows so you can see the Win7 data and at least a part of the USB
    • drag the Secretary folder from the Win7 Data to The USB


    The system will copy the complete folder structure to the USB stick

    Once that operation is completed ...


    • move the USB stick to the Win10 system and open a window (if not automatically done)
    • Open a window to your documents folder
    • arrange/size the windows so you can see the USB stick at and least a part of the Documents folder
    • drag the Secretary folder from the USB to the documents folder


    The system will copy the complete folder structure to the Documents folder

    Note   Note

    • I suggest you use the Documents folder as the root for your data as this is the automatic starting point for applications such as Word and Excel and is automatically added to the quick list in Win 10
    • If your data will not all fit onto the USB stick you will need to open the Documents folder on Win 10 system and manually create the folder structure to a level that you can use - e.g. split into two at the Committee / Membership level or even lower down. Follow the same procedure as above by replace the documents folder with the created folders, (e.g. Committee ) and drag the folder structure that applies
    • If you already have all your data in folders on your desktop ...
      • Locate the Secretary folder - drag the Committee & Membership folders into it
      • Open the Secretary folder and drag the next level of desktop folders into the relevant Committee / Membership folders.
      • Continue to do this through the folder structure until it meets your requirements.
      • Once you have a complete structure on your desktop open a window to the documents folder and size arrange it so you can see this and the Secretary folder.
      • Drag the Secretary folder into the Documents folder
      • Tidy up any unwanted mess on the desktop after you are fully happy that the data is where it should be



    If you have enough space on your OneDrive to hold all your club data, if you use the local One drive folder rather than the documents folder, the system will automatically create a synchronised on-line backup of all the data and allow access to it from any system with an internet link, (something to think about ).

    Hope this explains things to your needs any questions post back and I'll try to help
    Last edited by Barman58; 05 Feb 2016 at 03:49.
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  3. Posts : 49
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       05 Feb 2016 #3

    fantastic. Thanks ever so much. Easy-peasy so I'll now add it to my MS Community thread so that others will know how easy it is. Naturally I ID my source - it's just a pity that I can't paste your cool chimp!!! Much appreciated.


    David, ex-Cardiff now in Yorkshire.
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  4. Posts : 49
    Win10 Home v.1607 Build 14393.693
       05 Feb 2016 #4

    An afterthought SOS


    Is there a way to have a shortcut to my Documents folder on my desktop? There has to be as it's really crazy having to type Documents in Search every time!
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  5. dencal's Avatar
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       05 Feb 2016 #5

    Taffy078 said: View Post
    Is there a way to have a shortcut to my Documents folder on my desktop? There has to be as it's really crazy having to type Documents in Search every time!
    You can add Documents to the Start Menu by right clicking on Documents.
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       06 Feb 2016 #6

    dencal said: View Post
    You can add Documents to the Start Menu by right clicking on Documents.
    Hello dencal. I tried that and all I got was 'Open File Location:

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  7. Cliff S's Avatar
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       06 Feb 2016 #7

    Taffy078 said: View Post
    Hello dencal. I tried that and all I got was 'Open File Location:

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    I think he meant this:
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  8. Posts : 49
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       06 Feb 2016 #8

    Thanks Cliff S, It worked. Thanks dencal.

    And also thank to Brink - when I was searching around for a solution I found the answer to another problem, that despite everything I did, OneDrive was grabbing my documents. I followed his advice in his thread below and that's another problem solved. Good start to the day!

    Documents & Pictures - Auto Save to OneDrive or This PC in Windows 10
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  9. Cliff S's Avatar
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       06 Feb 2016 #9

    You can also do it in the settings app if you don't want to use a tile. Go to Settings app>>Personalization>>Start>>Choose which folders appear on start(very bottom)
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  10. Posts : 49
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       06 Feb 2016 #10

    Thank you cliif s


    PS. Lots have asked in the Microsoft Community about the OneDrive issue. Not resolved there so I've created this thread:

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...=1454745956372

    To be fair to them, I've done this with several of the solutions that you guys/gals have provided and they've not removed my threads.

    But it does show that this should be the 'go-to' forum, doesn't it.

    PPS Thanks Cliff S for your follow-up
    Last edited by Taffy078; 06 Feb 2016 at 03:12. Reason: another reply appeared at the same time
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