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  • Why does Windows 7 RTM have "My Documents, My Pictures etc...?" What happened to just "Documents?" Is this just happening to me, or is this happening for everybody?
    Sunday, October 18, 2009 8:56 PM

Answers

  • This is true for everyone, and they become visible when 'Show hidden files and folders' is enabled.


    They are NOT actual folders!  the entries you refer to areinstead 'junctions' which are included for compatibility purposes.  If software programs reference the folders present under previous Windows versions and no longer present in windows 7, those junctions' will redirect the call to the relevent folder.


    For example, if a program is hard coded to use 'My Documents' in the 'Documents and Settings' folder used for Windows XP, then Windows 7 will redirect such calls to the relevent 'Documents' folder located under 'Users' in Windows 7.



    Don't delete them or worry about them.  They're not really folders, and removing them can impact on your installed software programs.
    • Proposed as answer by Techwrighter Monday, October 19, 2009 2:52 AM
    • Edited by Techwrighter Monday, October 19, 2009 3:59 AM correction of detail
    • Marked as answer by Carey FrischMVP Monday, October 19, 2009 4:40 AM
    Sunday, October 18, 2009 11:47 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    No it isn't just happening to you. Once you click on the arrow next to the Documents the directory expands to show My Documents. The same applies with Pictures etc. I can't give you a reason why, but maybe someone simply forgot to remove the My out of the coding.
    John Barnett MVP: Windows XP Associate Expert: Windows Desktop Experience: Web: http://www.winuser.co.uk; Web: http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org; Web: http://vistasupport.mvps.org;
    Sunday, October 18, 2009 9:21 PM
    Answerer
  • Is this going to be like this in the retail copy that can be bought at a store?
    Sunday, October 18, 2009 9:22 PM
  • You can rename them to just Documents, etc.
    Sunday, October 18, 2009 9:38 PM
  • Hi ethanpilot,

    The RTM 'is' the retail copy, so yes 'it is going to be like this.' However, as Lead3 has pointed out you can rename the folders to Documents, Pictures, Videos etc, if you so desire.
    John Barnett MVP: Windows XP Associate Expert: Windows Desktop Experience: Web: http://www.winuser.co.uk; Web: http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org; Web: http://vistasupport.mvps.org;
    Sunday, October 18, 2009 11:45 PM
    Answerer
  • This is true for everyone, and they become visible when 'Show hidden files and folders' is enabled.


    They are NOT actual folders!  the entries you refer to areinstead 'junctions' which are included for compatibility purposes.  If software programs reference the folders present under previous Windows versions and no longer present in windows 7, those junctions' will redirect the call to the relevent folder.


    For example, if a program is hard coded to use 'My Documents' in the 'Documents and Settings' folder used for Windows XP, then Windows 7 will redirect such calls to the relevent 'Documents' folder located under 'Users' in Windows 7.



    Don't delete them or worry about them.  They're not really folders, and removing them can impact on your installed software programs.
    • Proposed as answer by Techwrighter Monday, October 19, 2009 2:52 AM
    • Edited by Techwrighter Monday, October 19, 2009 3:59 AM correction of detail
    • Marked as answer by Carey FrischMVP Monday, October 19, 2009 4:40 AM
    Sunday, October 18, 2009 11:47 PM
  • oops.  Corrected as per necessity :)

    Thanks.
    Monday, October 19, 2009 3:59 AM
  • She won't... hehe.. he's an MVP... only your post are being deleted... must have a crush on you or something...

    also voted for John's answer...
    Tuesday, October 27, 2009 2:11 AM