Seeing two "Music" folders in This PC menu, "Pictures" missing


  1. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    Seeing two "Music" folders in This PC menu, "Pictures" missing


    I was trying to move my Pictures/Music/Documents/Desktop off my SSD onto my 3TB, but I messed something up.

    Somehow I changed the name of the Pictures folder to Music, and changed the link to point to music, but it still has the Pictures icon. I restored them all to the default location now, and have restarted several times, but hasn't been fixed. You can see in my screenshots that I do still have a Pictures folder in Users\ericc, but it's not being picked up by the This PC menu.

    Is there a registry setting somewhere I can fix this with?

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    Showing the Pictures folder IS there
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    Showing current registry settings in: Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
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  2. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Figured it out! Replying so hopefully someone else can get to the answer faster than I did.

    There are some registers in the same path that got screwed up somehow. I had two unnamed fields set to "%USERPROFILE%\Music". I just changed the top one to "%USERPROFILE%\Pictures", logged out then in, and it was fixed.



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    Seeing two "Music" folders in This PC menu, "Pictures" missing-image.png

    Ohh Windows!

    Not sure if this is a software bug in windows, but seems like it. I suspect the thing that caused it was me trying to play with the quick access menu entries while still in the middle of moving the directories from C:\ to G:\
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  3. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    I think what caused it was probably me selecting "G:" as the folder, but forgetting to type "Pictures" so my Music and Pictures folders got merged somehow.
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  4. essenbe's Avatar
    Posts : 12,234
    Windows 10 Pro 1903
       #4

    If all of your folders are correct now, you can move them anywhere you would like to. Just create a folder of the same name where you want to move them, then go to your user profile, right click select properties and the Location tab, move the Pictures folder to the pictures folder you just created. The same for Music, Videos and Documents. This will tell you how to move Pictures. Any of the folders with a location tab can also be moved the exact same way. Just once moved, click apply and be sure to click yes to do you want to move the contents.
    Move Location of Pictures Folder in Windows 10 Windows 10 Customization Tutorials
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  5. Posts : 7
    Win 10 Pro
       #5

    ercousin said:
    Figured it out! Replying so hopefully someone else can get to the answer faster than I did.

    There are some registers in the same path that got screwed up somehow. I had two unnamed fields set to "%USERPROFILE%\Music". I just changed the top one to "%USERPROFILE%\Pictures", logged out then in, and it was fixed.
    \
    Hey @ercousin
    I know the post is over two years old, but still like to thank you. I have an issue with having 2 x Music folders targeted to the same director and no Pictures folder. I would change the target location for one of them to Pictures, with the result of both folders now being linked to the directory where I store my Pictures. I would then change the target location of my Music folder and both would change to Music.

    Essentially, I could have one of the first two options below, but not option 3.

    1 = 2 x Music and no Pictures folder;
    2 = 2 x pictures folders and no Music folder;
    3 = one of each

    Your advice fixed the issue

    Cheers
    Mick
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  6. Posts : 461
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home
       #6

    Hi MIck,

    DId you redirect the folders?

    You need to edit the paths found in the registry under:"

    Code:
    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
    Look for the following enties:
    • My Music
    • My PIctures
    • {a0c69a99-21c8-4671-8703-7934162fcf1d}
    • {0ddd015d-b06c-45d5-8c4c-f59713854639}


    For the GUID-named entries,
    • {a0c6...1d} path should match My Music
    • {0ddd...39} path should match My Pictures


    Edit those to refelect the correcdt paths. Sigh out & sign back in or restart Explorer.

    If the folders now open to the correct loction, but one or both is displaying the wrong name, <Shift>+right-click in the background of the folder displaying the wrong name, select Open PowerShell window here, and execute the following:

    Code:
    ri desktop.ini -force
    and that will delete the file responsible for the errant display name.
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  7. Posts : 7
    Win 10 Pro
       #7

    Hi Keith,
    Thanks for the info. Don't know how the problem started but all fixed now.

    Cheers
    Mick


    KeithM said:
    Hi MIck,

    DId you redirect the folders?

    You need to edit the paths found in the registry under:"

    Code:
    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
    Look for the following enties:
    • My Music
    • My PIctures
    • {a0c69a99-21c8-4671-8703-7934162fcf1d}
    • {0ddd015d-b06c-45d5-8c4c-f59713854639}


    For the GUID-named entries,
    • {a0c6...1d} path should match My Music
    • {0ddd...39} path should match My Pictures


    Edit those to refelect the correcdt paths. Sigh out & sign back in or restart Explorer.

    If the folders now open to the correct loction, but one or both is displaying the wrong name, <Shift>+right-click in the background of the folder displaying the wrong name, select Open PowerShell window here, and execute the following:

    Code:
    ri desktop.ini -force
    and that will delete the file responsible for the errant display name.
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