Windows 10: Accidentally merged User and Documents folders

Discus and support Accidentally merged User and Documents folders in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; Hello, I was moving some files around on my hard drive and I accidentally merged my User folder with my Documents folder. So in my C:\User directory... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by Adalo_22, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. Adalo_22 Win User

    Accidentally merged User and Documents folders


    Hello,


    I was moving some files around on my hard drive and I accidentally merged my User folder with my Documents folder. So in my C:\User directory instead of seeing C:\Users\MyName I see C:\Users\Documents. Seen below:


    Accidentally merged User and Documents folders 915ae32b-3849-4b55-b9ff-d1b6369f0eed?upload=true.png


    I have looked through a few different forums on how to fix my mistake, but I am not 100% sure on how to fix it. I believe that I need to make a change in the registry because the data field for "Personal" is %USERPROFILE% and not %USERPROFILE%\Documents.


    Can anyone help me with some steps that I can follow so I can resolve my mistake? I don't want to mess up the registry and hurt my machine. Thanks in advance!

    :)
     
    Adalo_22, Dec 5, 2018
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  2. Nina411 Win User

    I accidentally merged the Downloads Folder and the Documents folder while redirecting location

    As the title says, I accidentally merged the Downloads folder with the Documents folder while redirecting the location of the folders from the C:/ to D:/ drives. I can't use File History to restore it. I can't move them back to previous locations or restore
    the folders to previous versions. It says they are not available.

    I also can't seem to find the Documents and Downloads folder in my User folder. It won't let me create new folders in my User folder either because it will just automatically merge with the existing one with a different path (D:/).

    I tried restoring the User file to a previous version and it didn't fix the issue...

    Help, please?

    I've looked at a lot of answers for Windows 7 and 8.1. I have Windows 10, not sure if it makes a huge difference.

    Here's a picture

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    Nina411, Dec 5, 2018
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  3. User Folder name shows incorrectly in Explorer after an accidental merge with Desktop folder. How to correct?

    While moving the location of my user profile folders (Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Pictures, etc) to a second drive to save space on my SSD boot drive, I accidentally merged the Pictures and Desktop folders together. This was repaired by using the "Restore
    Default" option under the Location tab in Properties. However, I then accidentally merged the Desktop folder with my User Profile folder when moving it back to the SSD boot drive (I thought Desktop could stay on that drive afterall). The situation at present
    is the following:

    My Desktop folder has been restored to the location

    C:\Users\USERNAME\Desktop

    All is functioning as normal, and the folder has been re-identified as a system folder (a lot of forum searching to make that happen).

    However, the issue that is still present is that my User Profile folder is incorrectly shown in File Exporer as

    C:\Users\Desktop

    even though in the registry and file structure (using cmd prompt etc) it is correctly listed as

    C:\Users\USERNAME

    for this folder and all sub-folders.

    I have been unable to rectify this issue and would appreciate any help. The computer is fully functional as is, with the only glitch seeming to show in File Explorer. If any clarification is necessary, please ask. Thanks-
     
    WindowsPictureTaker, Dec 5, 2018
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  4. Accidentally merged User and Documents folders

    Documents and Downloads folders merged

    After trying to fix the camera myself by moving the pictures back to the user folder, I noticed somehow all the other folders got relocated to folders that somehow got inside the folder. When all the stuff was fixed, I noticed I accidentally merged the two
    documents and downloads folders. Any idea on undoing this other than resetting the system or making a new user, instead using the registry editor? My apps depend on the folders, and if I can't restore them, I can't use the apps.

    A photo of the "My PC" location in File Explorer:


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    RobloxPro300090, Dec 5, 2018
    #4
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