Change or Restore Default Location of Camera Roll Folder in Windows 10  

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  1. Brink's Avatar
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    Maxine said:
    Hi,

    I've also got a problem with my Camera Roll folder and have been searching to find a solution.

    Sometime ago I moved the location of my Pictures folder to a new larger HDD E: , as my SSD C: drive was getting very full via the save where new content is saved option under storage. This worked fine (saving photos from my iPhone in the Camera Roll folder in
    Pictures) until somehow the files started saving back to my Pictures folder on the C: drive again but in a folder called Camera Roll - Copy! I also have a folder in there called Camera Roll - Copy(2). I managed to delete them but they keep reappearing and my photos are still being saved there.

    When I look at the storage screen and via shell:Camera Roll it still shows the path as on the HDD E: but photos are not saving there.

    I looked at process explorer and ApplePhotoStreams.exe and iCloudPhotos.exe are listed along side the Camera Roll - Copy(2) in the C: drive folder, if this is any help!

    Please can someone help me to get my phone photos back to saving in the correct folder and get rid of the Camera Roll Copy folders?
    Hello Maxine, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Just to verify, did you try option 2 or 3 to restore the default location of your Camera Roll folder?

    If successful, you should be able to delete the incorrect copy to no longer have it.

    Afterwards, you can move the Camera Roll folder to where you want it if needed.
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       #11

    Hi, thank you for your reply.

    Yes, I did use your .bat file and did delete the two copies but they reappeared and the photos are still saving on the C: folder.

    I also then moved the folder back to the E: drive, as I have very little space on my C: drive.
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    Maxine said:
    Hi, thank you for your reply.

    Yes, I did use your .bat file and did delete the two copies but they reappeared and the photos are still saving on the C: folder.
    Check the settings of the app you are saving photos from to see if it may have its own save location specified.
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  4. Posts : 18
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       #13

    Sorry but I'm not sure which app is saving the photos! Is it the ones in my original post and how do I check the settings of the save location?

    They just appear and are filling up my C: drive again. I don't mind them appearing if they save to my E: drive!
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    Maxine said:
    Sorry but I'm not sure which app is saving the photos! Is it the ones in my original post and how do I check the settings of the save location?

    They just appear and are filling up my C: drive again. I don't mind them appearing if they save to my E: drive!
    It's most likely the Photos app then, but it uses the Camera Roll folder.

    Did you also restore the default location of your Pictures folder?

    Restore Default Location of Personal Folders in Windows 10

    Go ahead and export the two registry keys below as REG files, and upload them here. I'll be happy to take a look to see if they show the correct default location of the Camera Roll folder.

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    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
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  6. Posts : 18
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       #15

    Thanks, yes I did restore the default location of my Pictures folder - using your .bat file.

    Here are the REG files...

    regshellfolders291121.reg
    regusershellfolders291121.reg
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    Maxine said:
    Thanks, yes I did restore the default location of my Pictures folder - using your .bat file.

    Here are the REG files...

    regshellfolders291121.reg
    regusershellfolders291121.reg
    The REG files show your Pictures folder to be located at "E:\Maxine\Pictures".

    When you restore the default Camera Roll folder location, it will use the "C:\Users\Maxine\Pictures\Camera Roll" location.

    If you want everything on "E", you will now need to move the Camera Roll folder into the "E:\Maxine\Pictures" folder.

    If you want everything back to the default "C" drive, you will need to restore your Pictures folder back to "C:\Users\Maxine\Pictures".
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  8. Posts : 18
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       #17

    Sorry, I haven’t been very clear.

    Yes, I want it on E: as I didn’t have enough space on C:.

    I restored it to C: to try and get it reset ( as was suggested in the thread above ) and then moved it (Pictures and the associated Camera Roll folder) back to E:.
    But then the copy folders appeared again on C: and the photos still go to C: not E:.
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    Maxine said:
    Sorry, I havenít been very clear.

    Yes, I want it on E: as I didnít have enough space on C:.

    I restored it to C: to try and get it reset ( as was suggested in the thread above ) and then moved it (Pictures and the associated Camera Roll folder) back to E:.
    But then the copy folders appeared again on C: and the photos still go to C: not E:.
    Just to verify, use option 1 to make sure the current path of your Camera Roll folder is "E:\Maxine\Pictures\Camera Roll". If not, move it to "E:\Maxine\Pictures" so it will be.
    Last edited by Brink; 29 Nov 2021 at 11:40.
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  10. Posts : 18
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       #19

    When I tried to use option 1 before I couldn’t as I got a message something like not enough disc space to move all the files. That’s why I then used your .bat file as it didn’t move the files but retained them. Can I use option 1 and not copy the files but still keep them on the E: drive ?
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