I somehow renamed my downloads folder to desktop and now my desktop and downloads folder are linked.

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  1. BlockBlazerMC

    BlockBlazerMC Well-Known Member

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    I have no idea how i did this, but while I was trying to change my downloads folder location, I managed to make my desktop the downloads folder. then when I tried to move it back, I somehow linked two folders... Here's a screenshot of my directory folder:
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    If someone knows how to fix this, PLEASE help! I don't want my file system all f***ed up.
     
  2. kemical

    kemical Windows Forum Admin
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    Have you considered using system restore?
     
  3. jcgriff2

    jcgriff2 Honorable Member
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    Definitely try Windows System Restore first.

    If no-go, let's get a look at your user shell folders.

    http://www.sysnative.com/apps/shell_folders_jcgriff2.bat

    Run that batch script. It takes a few seconds; a Notepad will open.

    Paste the results into your next post.

    Regards. . .

    jcgriff2
     
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  4. BlockBlazerMC

    BlockBlazerMC Well-Known Member

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    No, because I don't want my files to be deleted.
    ok, so when I ran system restore, it got rid of some important programs, which was exactly why I didn't want to run it in the first place, furthermore, system restore did not fix my file directories. Here is the log from your batch file:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
    Desktop REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\Desktop
    Local AppData REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local
    Startup REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    Cookies REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCookies
    SendTo REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo
    Personal REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\Documents
    Recent REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent
    Favorites REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\Favorites
    My Pictures REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\Pictures
    Start Menu REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
    NetHood REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Network Shortcuts
    My Music REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\Music
    My Video REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\Videos
    Cache REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache
    Programs REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    History REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History
    {374DE290-123F-4565-9164-39C4925E467B} REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\Desktop
    Templates REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates
    AppData REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming
    PrintHood REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Printer Shortcuts
     
  5. jcgriff2

    jcgriff2 Honorable Member
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    Hi. . .

    Thank you for the user shell folder listing.

    Somehow, your Downloads shell folder got changed to Desktop.

    Your system:
    {374DE290-123F-4565-9164-39C4925E467B} REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\Desktop

    Should be:
    {374DE290-123F-4565-9164-39C4925E467B} REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\Downloads

    Create a system restore point.
    Go into Regedit - go to -

    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

    Scroll down/locate {374DE290-123F-4565-9164-39C4925E467B}

    Double-click on the icon next to it; paste in %USERPROFILE%\Downloads

    As for your lost programs, before doing the above, revert the restore point. Go into System Restore - there s/b a selection to un-do the restore.

    Search | type rstrui | select restore point

    Regards. . .

    jcgriff2
     
  6. BlockBlazerMC

    BlockBlazerMC Well-Known Member

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    Alright, It seemed to work, thank you. However, the old "desktop" downloads folder is still there. I can see that regedit has made a shortcut to my downloads folder that is named "Downloads", but the original "desktop" is still there. If its not to much to ask for, is there a way to rename this correctly?
     

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