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My Documents folder missing in My Computer
By  Super Admin  | Published  02/23/2005 | User Interface Page 2 | Rating:
My Documents folder missing in My Computer

When you open the My Computer screen and your Documents folder is missing but all the other users folders are there try this tweak.

STEP 1:

START >  RUN > REGEDIT >

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / Software / Microsoft / Windows / Current Version / Explorer / DocFolderPaths

Once you click the DocFolderPaths folder you should see all the user's folders. 

STEP 2:

Add a new string value

Value Name: your user name

Value Data:  the path to your docs folder ( ex. C:\Documents and Settings\your docs folder )

Exit Registry editor and open my computer, your docs folder should now be visable.

I hope this helps those of you stranded with this problem!

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  • Comment #1 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I worked like a charm
     
  • Comment #2 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks I thought I would never get it back..
     
  • Comment #3 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Worked!
     
  • Comment #4 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It helped me, thanks.
     
  • Comment #5 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    quick and to the point. I would have liked to seen an explaination of the problem.
     
  • Comment #6 (Posted by Rudolf Luytens (Belgium))
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    Thank you very much!I was lost and wanted to repair XP with the cd,but found & read just in time your excellent solution. Too bad i don't know why it disappeared.
     
  • Comment #7 (Posted by Bhanu)
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    It worked... thnqs
     
  • Comment #8 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Perfect, is working. What I wanting to know is how is My Documents disapear in first place
     
  • Comment #9 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Great! It worked!
     
  • Comment #10 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Exact solution to my problem. Thanks!!!
     
  • Comment #11 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    The user name and file path were already there.
     
  • Comment #12 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Nice clear instructions.... Worked!
     
  • Comment #13 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    The user name and file path were already there.
     
  • Comment #14 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    value is already there, so this does not help
     
  • Comment #15 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It worked!
     
  • Comment #16 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It works
     
  • Comment #17 (Posted by grey)
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    thanx! u`ve been helpful! thanx again :) regards from moldova.
     
  • Comment #18 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Excellent - clear simple instructions for solving and infuriating problem - well done
     
  • Comment #19 (Posted by joey)
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    thank you!!
     
  • Comment #20 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you!!!
     
  • Comment #21 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Normally the exact path is C:Documents and SettingsUser nameDocuments. It happened after a disk error, which chekdisk fixed. Well done!
     
  • Comment #22 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Excellent, it worked. I can't understand how it wasn't in there in the first place.
     
  • Comment #23 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks for ur help! from malaysia boy
     
  • Comment #24 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks a lot, worked fine :)
     
  • Comment #25 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks this was so helpful
     
  • Comment #26 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Perfectly awesome
     
  • Comment #27 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Great
     
  • Comment #28 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    the path is C:Documents and SettingsOwnerMy Documents
     
  • Comment #29 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thaaaaaksss to you yar dil khush kitaaaaaaaaaaaaaiiiii
     
  • Comment #30 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I'd actually didn't have the "DocFolderPaths" value within the regedit, so I go ahead to create it first and resume the steps as instructed. Works like a charm.
     
  • Comment #31 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Solved my problem immediatly.
     
  • Comment #32 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    didn't change anything,still nothing
     
  • Comment #33 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Did not work for me....
     
  • Comment #34 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    this did not help
     
  • Comment #35 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    simple and it works like a charm, thnx
     
  • Comment #36 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    A thoroughly simple & clear procedure that worked exactly as expected. Thank you.
     
  • Comment #37 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks, that worked. Still would like to know how it disapeared. Suspect Windows live, it hapenned after I've uninstalled, and am sure I did not delete it accidentally. Had few glitches with profiles after, trying to load correct profile, but with default setting etc. A mess, basically, but corrected itself after restart. Just the usual MSN .... to my belief. Anyway, thanks for the advice.
     
  • Comment #38 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I followed your instructions. However, My Documents still does not sppear in My Computer.
     
  • Comment #39 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks a million; you made my day!
     
  • Comment #40 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    worked good
     
  • Comment #41 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This was a pretty good tip... didn't work for me though. I can get to the contents in My Documents by following START > MY DOCUMENTS but my user profile folder is not listed under C:Documents and Settings. All other users are listed.
     
  • Comment #42 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks a lot
     
  • Comment #43 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    solved the problem perfectly
     
  • Comment #44 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks worked perfectly
     
  • Comment #45 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thank you, you are really awesome...thank 4 this post..thank you very much..
     
  • Comment #46 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This advice assumes that I understand computer lingo. Step 1 was easy enough to follow but in Step 2.... What the #$@% is a new string value and how do you add it?
     
  • Comment #47 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!
     
  • Comment #48 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks alot
     
  • Comment #49 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Excellent - just what I wanted to restore my documents - thanks very much
     
  • Comment #50 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    not for vista
     
  • Comment #51 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Fantastic!!
     
  • Comment #52 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Worked like a charm.
     
  • Comment #53 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    didn't work
     
  • Comment #54 (Posted by Liz Siller)
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    You're such a God, thank you!!!!
     
  • Comment #55 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks! good information.
     
  • Comment #56 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    not working dear.....
     
  • Comment #57 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Clear an dsimple. Thanks
     
  • Comment #58 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks a lot Super Admin! I had forgot the location in registry!
     
  • Comment #59 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Outstandingly simple answer to a problem that had been bugging me. Don't know how it went missing, but I had just been doing a major housekeeping session of defragmenting, deleting old programs etc. Also removed some startup programs from msconfig, so maybe that was part of the problem.
     
  • Comment #60 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Solved the problem
     
  • Comment #61 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i solved this issue once with group policy (gpedit.msc->user configuration->administrative templates->windows explorer->remove shared documents from my computer ... i disabled it then put it back to "not configured") my question is can you put other folders other than some user's documents in my computer ?
     
  • Comment #62 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    not displayed man
     
  • Comment #63 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    THANK YOU
     
  • Comment #64 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thats It. Put it back just like it was. I love Editing the Registry. Once you get the hang of it, its so cool! Thanks!
     
  • Comment #65 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Marry me? <3
     
  • Comment #66 (Posted by Jeff)
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    Thanks, it worked. To bad with botchy friggen Windows I had to go through the friggen hassle of figuring out how to do this in the first place.
     
  • Comment #67 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    That is the only way in which the 2 folders are separated
     
  • Comment #68 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It hit the nail right on the head!!!! It resolved the problem I was having.
     
  • Comment #69 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks Bro.
     
  • Comment #70 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Very Good. Thanks for sharing. It does work!! You are genius mate!!
     
  • Comment #71 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i was able to find what i wanted
     
  • Comment #72 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Best of the Lot Thanks
     
  • Comment #73 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Perfect and simple solution to problem,thank you so muck.
     
  • Comment #74 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I got my documents back. Thanks!
     
  • Comment #75 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i got the document back but not in My Computer it used to say files saved in this computer or something
     
  • Comment #76 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I got my folder back!
     
  • Comment #77 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I could not find a Hikey_Local_Machine.......
     
  • Comment #78 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks a million dude!
     
  • Comment #79 (Posted by sopno_Chura)
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    thanx ur ginious
     
  • Comment #80 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    After *five* months of searching for this kind of help, I was able to restore access to other restricted users "My Documents" folder for navigation in explorer as Administrator!
     
  • Comment #81 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This explains how the 2 folders can be separated.
     
  • Comment #82 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Great!!! It worked.
     
  • Comment #83 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    does not work
     
  • Comment #84 (Posted by Tanay)
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    Thanks buddy! It worked like charm... thanks again! :)
     
  • Comment #85 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    AWESOME!!! Did exactly what I wanted to, to fix the issue. Thanks.
     
  • Comment #86 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This worked like a charm! Thanks so much! It was even easy to follow for a non-technical person like myself.
     
  • Comment #87 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Worked perfectly!!! Thanks!!!
     
  • Comment #88 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it didnt help man... i have a "My Documents" folder, but when i click on it nothing comes up
     
  • Comment #89 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Excellent!! Thanks..You are the man. Cheers -- Prakash Thirumeni
     
  • Comment #90 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    just what i needed
     
  • Comment #91 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Nice
     
  • Comment #92 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Didn't work. I tried system restart, but nothing. (WinXP SP3)
     
  • Comment #93 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Worked like a charm thanks a lot
     
  • Comment #94 (Posted by pat)
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    it was great, i put my name with 's after it then didnt work took it away and worked
     
  • Comment #95 (Posted by Mike Garcia)
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    run the undo on line 56 in kelly Korner xp http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm Best place ever
     
  • Comment #96 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It worked like a charm!
     
  • Comment #97 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Superb Trick... Thanks a lot...
     
  • Comment #98 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Amazing, Thanks
     
  • Comment #99 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    u r so sexy thx it worked
     
  • Comment #100 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it doesn't worked idiot
     
  • Comment #101 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Great Advice!
     
  • Comment #102 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    U are simply amazing..thanks a ton..browsed the net to no avail..and then u came as an angel!!
     
  • Comment #103 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks!! This work really well for me. Nice Job. Thanks for your help.
     
  • Comment #104 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Bravo! Worked a treat. I wonder if the problem is simply cuased by a bug in Windows or whether it can also be the result of a hard disk error?
     
  • Comment #105 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Clear instructions and fixed my problem 100% very happy :) the proper path is c:Documents and SettingsUser name your doc's folder thou, but anyone with 1/8 of a brain could figure that out lucky i got 3/16 :)
     
  • Comment #106 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Worked perfectly, Thank You!
     
  • Comment #107 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It told me the way step by step perfectly. I thought i'd never get it back. thanks so much.
     
  • Comment #108 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thannnnnnnnk U very much....U'r Great
     
  • Comment #109 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanx! Easy as pie
     
  • Comment #110 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Not the first time I have seen this problem, this time it happened on a brand new Dell Inspiron I bought my daughter for christmas. After adding her as a user all was ok, some undefined time later after updating all microsoft patches to SP3 and adding Kaspersky, Creative Centrale the new user Docs Folder had gone! What that all about. Your regedit fix worked a dream, your a star thanks, AVB
     
  • Comment #111 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Perfect! Thanks!
     
  • Comment #112 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Didn't work :-(
     
  • Comment #113 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    excellent ..It works...
     
  • Comment #114 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks!
     
  • Comment #115 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Very good! A job well done Cheers
     
  • Comment #116 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it works awesome!!!
     
  • Comment #117 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    sweet if only i knew how it happened lol
     
  • Comment #118 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you so much!!! This answer has restored my documents and enabled me to freely copy all my work files again meaning I can finally do my work!
     
  • Comment #119 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i did that (which was a great help, thank you) but when i click on the user name it says access denied
     
  • Comment #120 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    that was excellent it worked like a gem
     
  • Comment #121 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Its worked and thanks for the suggestion
     
  • Comment #122 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    hide my doccument folder in doccuments and setting
     
  • Comment #123 (Posted by ajay)
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    Thanks! Worked perfectly. What's sad is that it is so difficult, I am sure 80% of users out there will not be able to figure it. Stupid Microsoft.
     
  • Comment #124 (Posted by Scott E.)
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    WOW! Thanks so much- a simple and effective solution. So glad to have it back in My Computer.
     
  • Comment #125 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanx!!
     
  • Comment #126 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Worked a treat
     
  • Comment #127 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Because it worked!
     
  • Comment #128 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    cool
     
  • Comment #129 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Perfect solution and very concise.
     
  • Comment #130 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I had a franchette's curriculum vitae i saved in my net i can't find it.What can i do please? ljanvier06@yahoo.com
     
  • Comment #131 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Hey Thanks.. Working .... :)
     
  • Comment #132 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    The BEST :)
     
  • Comment #133 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Fantastic
     
  • Comment #134 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Perfect thanks
     
  • Comment #135 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Excellent
     
  • Comment #136 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks
     
  • Comment #137 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    EXCELLENT WORKING TIP
     
  • Comment #138 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks a lot it is working.thank you very much.
     
  • Comment #139 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Helped perfectly, and thanks.
     
  • Comment #140 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you for taking the time to post this very helpful posting for all of us geeked on tring to do it ourselves mastersensei
     
  • Comment #141 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it works!! thanks!!
     
  • Comment #142 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Solved the problem
     
  • Comment #143 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    dont work
     
  • Comment #144 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It worked amazingly.
     
  • Comment #145 (Posted by Siddhartha Srivastava)
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    What a perfect solution!!
     
  • Comment #146 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    wow! someone knows what he's doing around these puzzle machines! Thanks
     
  • Comment #147 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it really works.......thankssssss
     
  • Comment #148 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    BUT THERE IS NO EXPLORER ICON IN CURRENT VERSION, i followed the same path as you said
     
  • Comment #149 (Posted by Stuart)
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    Hi. This works for administrator accounts but does anyone know how to do this for a limited account in XP
     
  • Comment #150 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It works!
     
  • Comment #151 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thank you , but the folder is now empty.. all contents gone
     
  • Comment #152 (Posted by UNANONYMOUS)
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    COOOOOOL......IT WORKS;THNX
     
  • Comment #153 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Really too good
     
  • Comment #154 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thank you.
     
  • Comment #155 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I thought this prob couldn't be fixed forever,but by following the mentioned steps i got the folder in a jiffy. Thanksssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  • Comment #156 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you :)
     
  • Comment #157 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks! That worked perfectly
     
  • Comment #158 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks!!
     
  • Comment #159 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    ITS WAS AWESOME
     
  • Comment #160 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    beacuse its simple and 100% working
     
  • Comment #161 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    your article was useful for me, thanks a lot notice that this problem (hide user's documents in my computer) was accured because i was remoted to my pc from another pc!
     
  • Comment #162 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks it worked
     
  • Comment #163 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    THANKS!!!! It really worked! This was the only way I fixed it!! and it worked like a charm
     
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