Unable to restore Documents folder to Default Location of C Drive

Those, who have less Hard Drive space on their System Drive often move their User folders like Documents, Pictures, Music, Video, Downloads, etc. to another drive. Now let’s assume that you have more than partition apart from the C drive or System drive, where Windows is currently installed, and you have changed the Documents folder location to the other drive, say the D Drive.

Now if you want to move back the Documents folder location to the default location on you System Drive, you need to open the Properties box of Documents folder > Location tab and press on the Restore Default button, Click Apply, and exit.

But what if this does not work and you fail to move back Documents folder to the C Drive in Windows 10? If you are unable to move back the Documents folder to the default location which is the C Drive in Windows 10/8/7, then this fix may help you.

Cannot restore Documents folder to Default Location

Some people do face a problem after changing the Documents or Pictures folder location in Windows 10. It may occur if you had changed the location in an older version of Windows and then upgraded your machine to the latest Windows 10.

If you try to use the native method to move back Documents or Pictures folder to C drive, you might get an Access Denied error. So to resolve this issue you need to change a Registry setting. Before opting for any step, you should backup your Registry files and create a system restore point so that you can be on the safe side all the times.

Press Win+R keys to open the Run box. Now type regedit and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor. Next, navigate to the following path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

On the right-hand side, you will a key called Personal. If you are facing the problem with the Documents folder, you need to work on Personal. If the problem is with Video folder, you need to use the Video. Similarly, there are Pictures for Pictures folder, Music for Music folder.

So double-click on the concerned key, and enter the value according to your folder:

  • Documents: %USERPROFILE%\Documents
  • Music: %USERPROFILE%\Music
  • Pictures: %USERPROFILE%\Pictures
  • Video: %USERPROFILE%\Videos


Cannot restore Documents folder to Default Location

Having done this, exit the Registry Editor, restart your computer and check. The location of Documents or any other folder should have been reset to the default.

Hope this solution works for you.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

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