Windows 10: File and directories "disappear" when added to a known library

  1.    25 Sep 2016 #1

    File and directories "disappear" when added to a known library


    I realize the title isn't very clear...hopefully I can elaborate.

    I'm in the process of configuring my new win10 install the way I like things like I did with win7. Win 10 seems to make that a bit more difficult but I'm about where I want to be. I have several drives in my system one of which is where all of my data and media is stored. I pointed the win10 "known folders" music, pictures, video, and documents to the appropriate folders
    on that drive so that all of the items appear when I open one of those folders.

    My problem is that now those folders have now become "invisible" when I browse the drive with file explorer. Is this by design...I can't imagine it was done on purpose but if it was, is there any setting or registry hack that will allow the folders and files to be visible in "both places".

    Or, am I just looking at this the wrong way...any help getting me to look at it the right way will be appreciated.
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  2.    26 Sep 2016 #2

    Hi, you shouldn't need to do anything with the registry to view folders.
    I pointed the win10 "known folders" music, pictures, video, and documents to the appropriate folders
    Could you confirm this means you did this?
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    If you can provide a couple of screenshots, that might help to understand what you've done and what you're seeing.

    Coming from Win 7, especially if you upgraded rather than clean installed, you may find using the Classic Shell (free) start menu. This really works, whereas Win 10's doesn't if you have folders and subfolders in your start menu.
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  3.    26 Sep 2016 #3

    Did you include the Folders on D:\ Drive in the Library , with the Add to Library option or have you moved the Libraries OFF C:\ to D:\ ?

    Both work for me no problem.... and I frequently access the Folders directly in File Explorer too.

    (assuming D:\ (above) is the other drive you mention? could be e:>z: of course too)
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  4.    26 Sep 2016 #4

    Kbird said: View Post
    Did you include the Folders on D:\ Drive in the Library , with the Add to Library option or have you moved the Libraries OFF C:\ to D:\ ?

    Both work for me no problem.... and I frequently access the Folders directly in File Explorer too.

    (assuming D:\ (above) is the other drive you mention? could be e:>z: of course too)
    The libraries were always on drive F. I used the "change location" function to point the the library on the F drive. The folders in the library immediately popped up in the File Explorer quick access area which was fine. BUT, when I browsed to the F drive with file explorer, the library folder had disappeared.

    I did some additional troubleshooting and found out what happened - actually, it was so simple I'm kinda embarrassed about it having stared at the directory a LOT. Win10, in it's infinite wisdom and "I know what's best for you attitude" changed the name of the main folder from Library Folders to Camera Roll (I think that's what it was) and I was so fixated on finding out what happened to the Library Folders I never even thought to check for a name change.

    I think it's pretty darn presumptuous for Microsoft to unilaterally arbitrarily change the names of folders that aren't even located on the system drive!

    I would never have considered changing from Win 7 who always left me alone to Win10 who seems determined to do it it's way if it hadn't been for the fact that Microsoft appears to be unable to fix it's ridiculous update problem which causes Win7 updates to take hours/days if at all to update Win 7 systems.

    Anyhow, thanks for the help...I'll not be taking anything Win 10 for granted from here on out.
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  5.    26 Sep 2016 #5

    I have most of mine on F: too but each library has it's own Folder ie Pictures,Music,Video etc .

    I have Camera Roll too , it is inside Pictures though , all the Pics from my Phone, but maybe I changed something?

    I will have to check my other computer and see what is on that one.....

    In earlier Win10 editions I found it was making it own Libraries too but not in AU , that I noticed.
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