User Name and Music Library Directory Fused Together (Awkwardly)

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  1. Posts : 17
    Windows 10 Home 10.0.18362
       #1

    User Name and Music Library Directory Fused Together (Awkwardly)


    I was messing with my user directory a long time ago, trying to reassign libraries to my second hard drive D:/. I don't remember if I used the command line or some library customization program (which I can't find anymore when I search for one). I'd moved some libraries from C: to D: and back, and might have messed with the User directory some how too. Current situation is that the User Account labels its directory Music, but deeper in the system it shows the correct Two Word user name as the directory it is using (at least its using the correct User Name directory for some things, and the Music library name for most display instances).

    My user name directory has Two Words. It can not be seen in File explorer.
    File explorer shows the Music library as the user name.

    The Music library directory displays user specific files such as all the other libraries and App Data, so; the Music library is pointing to the wrong directory.

    Properties of my music library folder show both directories:
    User Name and Music Library Directory Fused Together (Awkwardly)-2.jpg
    User Name and Music Library Directory Fused Together (Awkwardly)-3.jpg

    When I try to change the music library location it gives this error:
    User Name and Music Library Directory Fused Together (Awkwardly)-error.jpg
    "Can't move the folder because there is a folder in the same location that can't be redirected. Access is denied".

    Another view:
    User Name and Music Library Directory Fused Together (Awkwardly)-directory-fix-.jpg

    Can it be fixed?
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  2. Posts : 23,141
    Win 10 Home ♦♦♦19045.4291 (x64) [22H2]
       #2

    Hello @Earthlost and welcome to Ten Forums.


    Unless there's some overriding reason not to... I would just reinstall Windows 10.
    It will be much easier and faster than trying to untangle all that.
    And then if you want to move Libraries around, check the tutorials on Ten Forums which will show you how to do it correctly.

    Most importantly of all... when you get Win 10 reinstalled, start using 3rd party backup software.
    Then, if an experiment goes awry, you can just restore in a few minutes.
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  3. Posts : 1,222
    W10-Pro 22H2
       #3

    Before re-installing Windows, try adding another user account and copy the files you want from the current one to the new. You will lose personalisations (various settings), but that would also be the case with a re-install. Once the new account is working, you can delete the messed-up one.
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  4. Posts : 17
    Windows 10 Home 10.0.18362
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Thank you for your suggestion, unfortunately; I do in deed want to untangle this issue without reinstalling windows.

    I've made a great effort to customize my install and believe that "fixed" versions of windows itself, would only restore and solidify the intrusive obtrusions which I've spent a couple years eliminating. I do not know what I would have to do to get back to this happy stasis, but; it wouldn't be the cat's meow.

    I was hoping for a registry edit or whatever. Thank you though.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Eventually I might resort to a fresh account, but... again, it's really just a single folder that has two different names. We may not know how to find and edit it yet, but once we do, it can't be that difficult to fix can it? There's got to be a list, a name and directory matching list... some sort of... registry?

    Or, maybe it's two different folders, using the same directory?

    - - - Updated - - -

    Maybe I can turn off the error that checked if it was allowed to "move" the folder target location? If I could turn off the error, then I could move the Music library with no error, and rename the user folder with no error. As it is, if I try to make the Two Word user name folder which we can't see but it still lists as in use (a new folder under C:/Users with the Two Word user name) then it mysteriously vanishes the new Two Word folder. It's as if the folder is there but is being masked with the Music name, thus you can only create folders that have different names, similar to what you were saying about a new account. New User name folder? no problem, just don't give it the same Two Word name that Music is locked on to.
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  5. Posts : 1,222
    W10-Pro 22H2
       #5

    Thinking I had an idea how you got into this mess, I created a new user 'xxx;, and deliberately tried to relocate the music folder to the top level "C:\users\xxx" folder (the profile folder), but was met with resistance: first, a warning:
    User Name and Music Library Directory Fused Together (Awkwardly)-music-move-warning.png
    and when I persisted, a 'no can do':
    User Name and Music Library Directory Fused Together (Awkwardly)-music-move-cannot.png
    So Windows really want to protect me from myself! I relocated the music folder somewhere harmless, then look in the registry for thet harmless location, which I found referred to in two places (not recorded) - I deliberately changed the two reg entries to the 'xxx' profile folder, and logged out and in: this had the effect of changing the name of my music folder under the profile to 'xxx', but otherwise broke nothing. Not surprisingly, Windows won't let me change the name of the profile folder.

    So I don't know how you got yourself into such a pickle, and thus know of no way out. Sorry! Good luck - Martin
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  7. Posts : 31,568
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #7

    Earthlost said:
    ....File explorer shows the Music library as the user name....
    .....Can it be fixed?
    This can happen it you don't follow the correct procedures for moving these special folders, such as Music or Pictures.

    According to Microsoft, no it can't be fixed.....



    ...at least, not by any options Microsoft provides. It can be done though with some careful registry editing. See this tutorial.

    Windows is correct in saying that you cannot undo the redirection with the normal tools Windows provides. But it is possible to manually separate the Pictures and Profile functions of the merged folder. To repair the damage done, follow these steps. It's important to perform all the steps in this order, so do not try any shortcuts.
    Undo: Merged your Pictures folder with your User folder
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  8. Posts : 17
    Windows 10 Home 10.0.18362
    Thread Starter
       #8

    I'm trying to follow the instructions in @Bree's final link. We are on right track that's clear.
    User Name and Music Library Directory Fused Together (Awkwardly)-re.jpg
    My question is about step 7
    7. You can now edit both {0DDD015D-B06C-45D5-8C4C-F59713854639} and My Pictures to point to %USERPROFILE%\Pictures
    Which, in my case, would be My Music which I should change to %USERPROFILE%\Music, and; what? Which is the second one? Is there another one in that list to change?
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  9. Posts : 31,568
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #9

    Earthlost said:
    I'm trying to follow the instructions in @Bree's final link. We are on right track that's clear.
    My question is about step 7

    Which, in my case, would be My Music which I should change to %USERPROFILE%\Music, and; what? Which is the second one? Is there another one in that list to change?
    In your case it is {A0C69A99-21C8-4671-8703-7934162FCF1D} that needs to be changed to %USERPROFILE%\Music.
    None of the {nnnnnnnnnnnnnn} entries in this key should be pointing to just %USERPROFILE%.

    User Name and Music Library Directory Fused Together (Awkwardly)-image.png
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  10. Posts : 17
    Windows 10 Home 10.0.18362
    Thread Starter
       #10

    Okay! Done and done. That worked great!
    Changing those two registry entries and a restart got my Two Word user name folder to reappear in the Users folder. ✓
    The Music folder is back to thinking it's Music and not pretending it's a user folder. ✓
    X - Some of my program icons have vanished! Snipping tool, WordPad, and my browser. The browser had a custom icon which came back when I opened the browser, but; the Windows programs did not restore their icons when I opened them.
    X - The Music folder which I created new from scratch doesn't have the usual library icons, but I can set that manually (I won't have to as you'll see).

    Did I misplace the desktop.ini file?

    I had put the desktop.ini into the Music folder. I have now moved it out of Music and into the Two Word user name folder. Restarted it for a second time.

    Now, I see the Music folder has automatically reset its icons; and now looks like the standard library icons you'd expect. By all user indications I assume it is now functioning fully -- as it was before all this began.

    So what happened to Windows' programs WordPad and Snipping Tool, both of which continue to show blank paper icons in the Start Menu. Icons in the left scrolling-menu list (Alphabetical Start menu) do show, and WordPad .txt files do show the word pad icon. I tried to unpin them from Start, and repin them from the list that has working icons. It didn't work. Start menu pins are blank icons.

    Right click > More> Open file location I see a folder full of shortcuts which all have working icons. So Start Menu pins for some Windows programs are broken by this fix. Stymied.

    Other than that; we're peachy keen over here.
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