1.    11 Feb 2017 #1

    Download/Desktop folders BUG


    Basically at some point I set my Windows 10 desktop as the place I'd like downloads to go to. Probably from FIREFOX. This has worked on other PCs but a bug emerged on this one.

    The bug is that the desktop folder renames itself as DOWNLOADS. It retains the desktop icon but behaves as a downloads folder. The other downloads folder still exists with the proper icon. Like so --

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    Advice offered here didn't work. I say as much in the last comment.

    Windows 10 desktop renamed "downloads" - Microsoft Community

    One of the comments said an MS Tech (?) simply readjusted the name and fixed it. Do you know how I could do that? I followed the advice and it didn't work.

    :-(
    Last edited by The Pool Man; 11 Feb 2017 at 18:31.
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  2.    11 Feb 2017 #2
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    I've never liked the default of Desktop with Windows and downloads [goes back a ways], gets too crowded. I created a new Folder on the desktop name Desktop and so far no change after saving data to it. Firefox does have a setting that can be changed as to where downloads are saved, great for newer computers with small-capacity C:/OS drives.
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  3.    11 Feb 2017 #3
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    I have always made d:\downloads and c:\downloads as the default downloads, program by program, browser by browser, etc. Ever since learning that a major Windows update or upgrade or certain re-installs can accidentally lead to the deletion of all EXEs, ZIPs, user-created shortcuts in the Desktop folder -- I have steered away from having anything download to the Windows Desktop. That's just me
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  4.    11 Feb 2017 #4

    Quote Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
    I have always made d:\downloads and c:\downloads as the default downloads, program by program, browser by browser, etc. Ever since learning that a major Windows update or upgrade or certain re-installs can accidentally lead to the deletion of all EXEs, ZIPs, user-created shortcuts in the Desktop folder -- I have steered away from having anything download to the Windows Desktop. That's just me
    I hear you. The first thing I do on a PC is remove the Recycle Bin. I keep it in the Start Menu, out of the aesthetic way. After that I only use the desktop as a temporary place for files. I N-E-V-E-R put shortcuts on the desktop -- with the handy taskbar and Start Menu serving me as critical apps and secondary apps.

    All this said -- any ideas on how to rename the desktop folder back to itself? Said area is news to this Apple switcher.
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  5.    11 Feb 2017 #5
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    We will have to await others in the know, I have no answer
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  6.    11 Feb 2017 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Pool Man View Post
    All this said -- any ideas on how to rename the desktop folder back to itself? Said area is news to this Apple switcher.
    Use a Live Linux Distro (my standard fallback for whenever Windows tries to thwart me).
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  7.    11 Feb 2017 #7
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    My MacBook Pro is now running the latest, macOS Sierra 10.12.1 [note the rename by Apple from Mac OS X]. Shortcuts on it are called an Alias.

    For Windows it could be because the Desktop is the first item under This PC. Inside Desktop are all or most of the files and Folders showing on the Desktop, mine is showing the new Desktop Folder I created as a subFolder of Desktop.
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  8.    11 Feb 2017 #8

    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    For Windows it could be because the Desktop is the first item under This PC. Inside Desktop are all or most of the files and Folders showing on the Desktop, mine is showing the new Desktop Folder I created as a subFolder of Desktop.
    Thanks for your reply Berton. A few thoughts --

    1. The situation here is that there is no Desktop folder. I mean, there is -- but the system renamed it 'Downloads'.

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    See the one I circled? That's actually the desktop folder.

    2. Or am I looking in the wrong place?

    3. Seeing how delicate/confused this system already is the idea of adding a folder called Desktop sounds like a bad idea.
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  9.    13 Feb 2017 #9
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    Have you checked the "desktop.ini" file (assuming W10 still uses them) in the "Documents" folder?

    Maybe something overwrote the original one.
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