Why Windows insists of having 2 folders with the same name in the same location? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,
             Using Windows Explorer and clicling on Properties>Location tab I relocated the
    C:\Users\%user%\Downloads folder to the new location:
    Z:\My Documents\Downloads
    After finishing it Explorer created the second folder called 'Downloads', so now under
    Desktop>%user% there are shown 2 folders named 'Downloads'.
    The first one points to:
    Z:\My Documents\Downloads
    and the second one points to:

    Why it is so?
    Both folders have identical icons and it is hard to distinquish which one is which.
    Is it done on purpose to confuse the user or there is some sense into it?

    Friday, November 19, 2010 10:13 PM


  • Hi,

    I have moved my Downloads folder to another location, but I did not encounter the issue like yours.

    I suspect there are another process use the files in that folder at the same time during redirecting the download folders.

    You may kindly restore your Downloads folder, and make sure you Boot in Clean Boot Mode to turn off all background programs.  Then try to move it again.

    In fact, the system only have a redirect-able Downloads. So if the files in the previous Downloads folder is repeating, you may delete them.

    • Marked as answer by Arthur Xie Friday, December 3, 2010 3:53 AM
    Wednesday, November 24, 2010 9:10 AM