Solved Moved Windows folders still appear in the Users folder


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I just moved a few folders from my C:\Users\Steve folder to a folder on my D: drive. I did this using the Location tab on the properties of each folder. The folders moved without issues. I expect to see that the moved folders will appear at their new location and be gone from the old location.

The folders that I moved were Pictures, Music, Videos, Downloads, Documents and 3D Objects.

If I select my Personal Folder from the icon at the bottom of the Start menu, I see what I expect. If I use Explorer to go to C:\Users\Steve I also see what I expect.

If I select "Steve" from the quick links menu on the left side of Explorer, the folders that I moved are still there. The Location tab on each of the icons properties does show the location on D:, but I don't expect to see all these files/folders from multiple locations gathered together.

Why is this happening? Is it normal? How do I distinguish "C:\Users\Steve" from "Steve Norton" in the Explorer? Where does "Steve Norton" exist on the computer?
 
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Version 23H2 build 22631.3235

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    i5-8400 @ 2.80GHz
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    Lenovo 3132
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    32GB DDR4 @ 2600MHz
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    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
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    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
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Where does "Steve Norton" exist on the computer?
We wouldn't have any way of knowing the answer to that question without seeing your computer.
Have you tried typing Steve Norton into the Search blank at the top of the Start menu?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i7-9700 @ 3.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GBDDR4 @ 2666MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG E2442
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB NVMe SSD, 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    250GB NVMe SSD (OS and programs), 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    500GB NVMe SSD (Data)
    Case
    Lenovo SFF
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome, sometimes Firefox
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium & Defender (working together beautifully!)
  • Operating System
    11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i5-8400 @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GB DDR4 @ 2600MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG FULL HD (1920x1080@59Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS NVMe; 1 x Samsung 980 NVMe SSD
    Case
    Lenovo Think Centre SFF
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium and MS Defender, beautiful together
We wouldn't have any way of knowing the answer to that question without seeing your computer.
Have you tried typing Steve Norton into the Search blank at the top of the Start menu?
Lots of files found, but no folders. It looks like a "virtual" folder that Windows just builds when you put a users name in the address bar. I just find it odd that the Personal Folder icon in the Start menu doesn't open the virtual folder.
 

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    Windows 11
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    i9-12900k
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z690 UD AX DDR4
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    32 GB DDR4
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    Strix RTX 3060
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    Onboard
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    LG QNED75URA 43" TV
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    3840x2160
    Hard Drives
    One 1tb M.2 for Windows, one 500gb M.2 for Linux, and a 8 TB HDD for data
    PSU
    850 watt
    Case
    Cougar
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    MSI liquid cooling
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    Cherry Stream wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G305
    Internet Speed
    1Gbit/100mb
    Browser
    Edge
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    Microsoft
    Other Info
    Bluray optical writer drive
If the computer was synced to onedrive, Onedrive backup sync would have had to be turned off first.
STEP 1 in each of the tutorials for moving user folders.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
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    PC/Desktop
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    Dell Optiplex 7080
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    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
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    DELL 0J37VM
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    32 gb
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    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
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    Integrated Realtek
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    Benq 27
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    2560x1440
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    1tb Solidigm m.2 +256gb ssd+512 gb usb m.2 sata
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    500w
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    MT
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    Dell Premium
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    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
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    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
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    PC/Desktop
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    Dell Optiplex 9020
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    i7-4770
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    24 gb
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    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
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    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
If the computer was synced to onedrive, Onedrive backup sync would have had to be turned off first.
OneDrive sucks big time... First thing I do when I set up Windows is remove OneDrive.

I think I'm just seeing a "virtual folder" created by Windows. I can live with it. I just found it confusing until I realized what was going on.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    C.S.D.
    CPU
    i9-12900k
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z690 UD AX DDR4
    Memory
    32 GB DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    Strix RTX 3060
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG QNED75URA 43" TV
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160
    Hard Drives
    One 1tb M.2 for Windows, one 500gb M.2 for Linux, and a 8 TB HDD for data
    PSU
    850 watt
    Case
    Cougar
    Cooling
    MSI liquid cooling
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G305
    Internet Speed
    1Gbit/100mb
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Microsoft
    Other Info
    Bluray optical writer drive
The folders mentioned are Defaults in C:\Users\USERNAME with an installation of Windows on mine, both Win10 and Win11.
 

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    Win11 Pro RTM
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    Laptop
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    Dell Vostro 3400
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    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
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    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
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    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
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    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
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    16GB
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    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
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    24" Dell
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    Firefox, Edge
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    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
As stated, MS One Drive must be disabled, especially if there are files synced there, before you can use the Location tab to move the User file.
Also, on the new Location drive, you have to create empty folders for Desktop, Documents, Pictures etc.
Then use the Location tab of that folder and Move it to the folder with the Same Name on the different location. Then click OK that you are moving the folder and overwriting the empty folder in the new location.
If you didn't do it this way, you may have Empty folders in C:\Users\Steve folder.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit 22H2
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Gigabyte Z390 UD
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    Intel Core i7 77000 3.60
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z390 UD
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    16 GB
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    nVidia GEForce RTX 2060 Super
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    onboard
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    Two 27" Dell 4K monitors
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
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    M.2 NVME SSD, 500 GB; Two 2TB Mechanical HDD's
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    850w PSU
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    Cyberpower PC
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    Water cooled
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    Backlit Cyberpower gamiong keyboard
    Mouse
    Backlit Cyberpower gaming mouse
    Internet Speed
    1 GB mbps
    Browser
    Brave
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
As stated, MS One Drive must be disabled, especially if there are files synced there, before you can use the Location tab to move the User file.
Also, on the new Location drive, you have to create empty folders for Desktop, Documents, Pictures etc.
Then use the Location tab of that folder and Move it to the folder with the Same Name on the different location. Then click OK that you are moving the folder and overwriting the empty folder in the new location.
If you didn't do it this way, you may have Empty folders in C:\Users\Steve folder.
One Drive is completely disabled and uninstalled.

I did create empty folders on D: before I used the Location tab to move each folder, and I let Windows move the existing files. I don't have any of the folders that I moved in C:\Users\Steve - they just show up when I use the quick link in Explorer to get to my personal files, which is still C:\Users\Steve.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    C.S.D.
    CPU
    i9-12900k
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z690 UD AX DDR4
    Memory
    32 GB DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    Strix RTX 3060
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG QNED75URA 43" TV
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160
    Hard Drives
    One 1tb M.2 for Windows, one 500gb M.2 for Linux, and a 8 TB HDD for data
    PSU
    850 watt
    Case
    Cougar
    Cooling
    MSI liquid cooling
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G305
    Internet Speed
    1Gbit/100mb
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Microsoft
    Other Info
    Bluray optical writer drive
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