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    Missing "My Documents"

    Following a need to rest my Laptop(3 months old) to a factory reset after advice from Dell, My Documents "is missing" when opeining the icon nothing is present after viewing properties. Does anyone have any ideas on how to resolve.? Bill H.

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    Re: Missing "My Documents"

    This should be in the General Discussion area.

    And are you sure the Documents map wasn't linked to another map?

    Right click on 'My Documents' -> Properties -> Location and is the location C:\Users\(your username)\My Documents?

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    Re: Missing "My Documents"

    Hi Bill and welcome to the forums,

    I do not fully understand what the problem is. Is the "Documents" folder missing (C:\Users\YourName\Documents), or is the folder itself empty?

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    Re: Missing "My Documents"

    I think, when he tries to open it, a window comes up that My Documents is missing, e.g. like a shortcut that leads nowhere.

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    Re: Missing "My Documents"

    Hello Bill, and welcome to Vista Forums.

    Using Option Two in this tutorial, double check to make sure that your Documents (named Personal in registry) folder has the default location %USERPROFILE%\Documents set for it.

    Personal User Folder - Restore Missing Folder

    Hope this helps,
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    Re: Missing "My Documents"

    Quote Originally Posted by Axon View Post
    This should be in the General Discussion area.

    And are you sure the Documents map wasn't linked to another map?

    Right click on 'My Documents' -> Properties -> Location and is the location C:\Users\(your username)\My Documents?
    Thanks for yor thoghts. However when following your idea on opening Prperties this leads to "General Tab" with no information against Location other than showing Zero Bytes

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    Re: Missing "My Documents"

    When you said factory reset do you mean the hard drive was formatted before the restore was put back on? Check your pictures and music files to see if they are missing as well.

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    Re: Missing "My Documents"

    Hello Roy69.
    Thanks for your response. Following advice from Dell all my info (Docs, Pictures etc)was backed up to a free standing hard drive.The reset then took place. The problem now comes in transferring back again as there is a "Dcuments" tab on the start up menu. However as when you normally right click you would then see open with other options, I do not; all there is, is copy rename and properties. To access my info I open the free standing hard drive to see all my info listed.A long winded process to say the least.I am not aware that any reformatting took place. My Pictures was in a totally separate file and trd back and opens without any difficulty.
    Bill H.

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    Re: Missing "My Documents"

    You can manually copy the files back or keep them where they are.
    If you copy them back then you will have a permanent backup which is not a bad thing.
    If you leave them where they are and decide to use the backup drive for your documents then that is not bad either as the drive will be ok if you reformat. That is if it is an external HD.
    If it is not an external HD I would backup all your documents to CD, DVD. If you need to make any changed to the documents stored on DVD you can copy them back to your documents and you will have an archive of the older version on your DVD. It depends on how much space you have and how often you change the documents.

    Another option is to redirect vista to it thinks your personal folders are in the Backup Drive. Look here on how to do it
    Personal User Shell Folders - Move Location

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    Re: Missing "My Documents"

    'ello again roy69.
    Your sound thoughts are appreciated. My intention and ideal preference is to have the back up on the free standing Toshiba hard drive and also to be able to acess my documents having opened the file on my computer. However when right clicking on the Documents tab in the start up menu there is no option for Open, only copy rename and properties. When opening properties no information as location file size etc is available. If I do go for the option to Transfer back to the folder how.

    1.Do I open the folder bearing in mind what I have said earlier?
    2.Havinging opened the Toshiba drive where do I send the various folders.
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