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    Users Personal Folders - Restore Default Location in Windows 10

    Users Personal Folders - Restore Default Location in Windows 10

    How to Restore Default Location of Your Personal Folders in Windows 10
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    How to Restore Default Location of Your Personal Folders in Windows 10

    information   Information
    You can change the location of the folders in your personal folder (such as Documents and Pictures) by redirecting them. For example, if you have a large number of files in your My Documents folder, you might want to store the files on a different hard drive or on a network to free up space on your primary hard drive.

    When you redirect a folder to a new location, you change where the folder, as well as the files in the folder, are stored. However, you'll still be able to access the folder the same way you did before you redirected it.

    This tutorial will show you how to restore your personal folders back to the default location in your C:\Users\(user-name) profile folder in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    This does not include the OneDrive folder that cannot be redirected.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Restore Default Location of Your Personal Folders in Properties
    • Option Two: To Restore Default Location of Your Personal Folders using a BAT file



    EXAMPLE: Your Personal Folders
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    Users Personal Folders - Restore Default Location in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Users Personal Folders - Restore Default Location in Windows 10
    To Restore Default Location of Your Personal Folders in Properties

    Open File Explorer, copy and paste shell:UsersFilesFolder into the address bar, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

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    2. Right click or press and hold on the personal folder (ex: Pictures) you want to restore the default location for. (see screenshot above)

    3. Click/tap on the Location tab, and click/tap on the Restore Default button. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    5. If prompted to create a folder at the default location, click/tap on Yes. (see screenshot below)

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    6. When prompted to move all files from the old location to the new default location, click/tap on Yes. (see screenshot below)

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    7. After a few moments the folder's properties will automatically close when successfully moved. (see screenshot below step 4)






    Users Personal Folders - Restore Default Location in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Users Personal Folders - Restore Default Location in Windows 10
    To Restore Default Location of Your Personal Folders using a BAT file

    1. Do step 2 (Contacts), step 3 (Desktop), step 4 (Documents), step 5 (Downloads), step 6 (Favorites), step 7 (Links), step 8 (Music), step 9 (Pictures), step 10 (Saved Games), step 11 (Searches), or step 12 (Videos) below for what personal folder your need to restore the default location of.


     2. To Restore Your Contacts Personal Folder Default Location

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 13 below.

    Restore_Contacts_Default_Location.bat

    download


     3. To Restore Your Desktop Personal Folder Default Location

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 13 below.

    Restore_Desktop_Default_Location.bat

    download


     4. To Restore Your Documents Personal Folder Default Location

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 13 below.

    Restore_Documents_Default_Location.bat

    download


     5. To Restore Your Downloads Personal Folder Default Location

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 13 below.

    Restore_Downloads_Default_Location.bat

    download


     6. To Restore Your Favorites Personal Folder Default Location

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 13 below.

    Restore_Favorites_Default_Location.bat

    download


     7. To Restore Your Links Personal Folder Default Location

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 13 below.

    Restore_Links_Default_Location.bat

    download


     8. To Restore Your Music Personal Folder Default Location

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 13 below.

    Restore_Music_Default_Location.bat

    download


     9. To Restore Your Pictures Personal Folder Default Location

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 13 below.

    Restore_Pictures_Default_Location.bat

    download


     10. To Restore Your Saved Games Personal Folder Default Location

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 13 below.

    Restore_Saved_Games_Default_Location.bat

    download


     11. To Restore Your Searches Personal Folder Default Location

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 13 below.

    Restore_Searches_Default_Location.bat

    download


     12. To Restore Your Videos Personal Folder Default Location

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 13 below.

    Restore_Videos_Default_Location.bat

    download


    13. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

    14. Unblock the .bat file, and run the .bat file.

    15. You will now notice your screen temporarily go black as a command prompt opens and closes as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes. (see screenshot below)

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    16. Copy any files you wanted from the old folder location into the restored default folder location.

    17. If you like, you can delete the old folder.

    18. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .bat file(s) if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Jul 2016
    Posts : 5
    win 10
       2016-08-26 #1

    Hi Shawn
    Thank you very much for this. Do you think you could provide a set of bat files to actually set these folders from the default to a new location. At present I do it manually from the Location Tab but it would be great to have a bat file – is one of the 1st jobs that I do on a new install.
    The same set of folders that you have written bat files for in this post – I can edit the bat file so even if you sent me the script for say "Documents" I could then cobble together bat files for the rest of the folders. I could move out all the files and subfolders that would make the operation quicker basically if I ran these bat files on a Windows install, or just after it, they would essentially be empty.
    I'm in windows 10. I haven't done a new install yet for this particular version – I'm waiting until all the hassles from the anniversary update et cetera are sorted out and we get a very stable release.
    I don't want to move all of the Users folders from the system drive (C just my personal & public data files which are huge. I like the setting because I got used to not worrying about where files are going to be saved or where they're stored.
    Unfortunately there are still a few programs like my video editor that don't seem to take any notice of the internal links and will keep storing, particularly public, data files in the default system data folders during the program installation.
    While I now have a larger SSD drive I find that having just my system and not my data on my system drive allows me to make faster restores from system image backups.
    I would appreciate any help in this matter
    Cheers for now
    Dan
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,384
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2016-08-26 #2

    Hello Dan, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    You might see if a method in the tutorial below may work for you for moving your user folders.

    Users Folder - Move Location in Windows 10
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  3. Joined : Jul 2016
    Posts : 5
    win 10
       2016-08-26 #3

    yes I looked at that but it's a bit complex for me I only want my data folders not any hidden or system ones - I used to do folder by folder with the Location Tb but was hoping for a BAT file - I/e the reverse of this thread
    cheers Dan
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  4. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,384
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2016-08-27 #4

    You might take a look at storage save locations to see if that may help make it easier for this for you. It's a lot less steps.

    Storage Save Locations - Change in Windows 10
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  5. Joined : Jul 2016
    Posts : 5
    win 10
       2016-08-27 #5

    thank for quick reply - I’m used to right click properties Location method - that way all my data is on D; drive and system is on C: drive - I will have to think about some more I use the format D:\Users|d***\Documents I want to get of the system drive so my ghost images backup & restore faster cheers dan
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  6. Joined : Jul 2016
    Posts : 5
    win 10
       2016-08-27 #6

    QUESTION
    your code
    @echo off
    :: Created by: Shawn Brink
    :: https://www.tenforums.com
    :: Tutorial: Users Personal Folders - Restore Default Location in Windows 10

    taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
    timeout /t 2 /nobreak >nul
    if not exist "%UserProfile%\Contacts" mkdir "%UserProfile%\Contacts"
    reg add "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders" /v "{56784854-C6CB-462B-8169-88E350ACB882}" /t REG_SZ /d "C:\Users\%USERNAME%\Contacts" /f
    reg add "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders" /v "{56784854-C6CB-462B-8169-88E350ACB882}" /t REG_EXPAND_SZ /d %%USERPROFILE%%"\Contacts" /f
    attrib +r -s -h "%USERPROFILE%\Contacts" /S /D
    timeout /t 1 /nobreak >nul
    start explorer.exe

    ===============================================

    OK - If I just changed

    if not exist "%UserProfile%\Contacts" mkdir "%UserProfile%\Contacts"
    to
    if not exist "D:\Users\%USERNAME%\Contacts" mkdir "D:\Users\%USERNAME%\Contacts"

    AND

    reg add "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders" /v "{56784854-C6CB-462B-8169-88E350ACB882}" /t REG_SZ /d "C:\Users\%USERNAME%\Contacts" /f

    TO
    reg add "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders" /v "{56784854-C6CB-462B-8169-88E350ACB882}" /t REG_SZ /d "D:\Users\%USERNAME%\Contacts" /f

    WOULD THAT WORK?

    if it is too complex please just say so
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  7. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,384
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2016-08-27 #7

    Yeah, it would be more complex than just doing that to move them. If you like, you should try the storage location method on one folder to see what you think. If it doesn't meet your needs, then you could set it back to the default "This PC".
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  8. Joined : Jul 2016
    Posts : 5
    win 10
       2016-08-27 #8

    thanks for your help
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  9. Joined : Oct 2016
    Posts : 2
    Win 10 PRO 64 bits
       2016-10-30 #9

    Hello every one, I'm new here, trying to get some help and to help others. I tried to move my "Downloads" folder from C:/ to a different volume, but when I did it, I didn't select a new folder location, I chose the root E:/ by mistake and now my "Downloads" folder is E:/ and I cannot roll it back, every time I try it, I get a message saying I cannot change a volume location

    Any advice?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


 
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