Something Strange Going On With My Libraries


Catnip

Forum Nitwit
Member
VIP
Local time
6:58 AM
Posts
288
OS
Win 11 Pro 23H2
I was poking around today trying to find a file in my Downloads and Documents folders and ran into something strange. It seems that I have two locations each for my Downloads and Documents, but these locations do not hold the same data or files. They are completely different and the content of one folder does not appear in the other. They are arranged like this:

Libraries1.png

Libraries2.png

The first image has the libraries with the push pins, and that is usually where everything goes, but since I upgraded to Windows 11 last month (work machine) the files are going into the downloads folder in the second image. The two places are not the same place on my hard disk.

Can anyone tell me why, please? And how do I get the locations to point at the same folder on my hard disk?

Thanks.

C
 
Windows Build/Version
Win 11 Pro 23H2

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self build
    CPU
    Ryzen 5800X
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte x570 Aorus Elite Wifi
    Memory
    32 GB GSkill Trident Neo with pretty LED lights
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS TUF GAMING RTX 3070 Ti
    Sound Card
    On board Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung 32 inch curved - one 4K, one 1080p
    Screen Resolution
    4K, 1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Samsung 980 Pro Nvme, 1 TB Samsung 970 EVO Nvme, 2 x Samsung 970 2TB SSD SATA
    PSU
    EVGA 1000Q
    Case
    Rosewill something or other
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15. A whole schwak of Noctua case fans. $$$
    Keyboard
    Logitech G815
    Mouse
    Logitech G502 Hero
    Internet Speed
    700 up, 600 down
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    MalwareBytes
Did you ever use onedrive? It moves data to its own folders and that can mess up libraries.

Right click them both and go to properties to see where the file path is going for them.

I dont use libraries anymore, but you should be able to move the data out of the folder and back where you want it.

Then you can remove libraries or reset it back up.

 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell G15 5525
    CPU
    Ryzen 7 6800H
    Memory
    32 GB DDR5 4800mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    RTX 3050 4GB Vram
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    2TB Solidigm™ P41 Plus nvme
    Internet Speed
    800mbps down, 20 up
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Tablet
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ideapad flex 14API 2 in 1
    CPU
    Ryzen 5 3500u
    Motherboard
    LENOVO LNVNB161216 (FP5)
    Memory
    12GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics
    Hard Drives
    256 GB Samsung ssd nvme
Right-click each item and check Properties, most will point to appropriate folders in C:\Users\USERNAMEHERE.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
I think Andrew has nailed it. I make extensive use of Libraries:

Screenshot 2024-04-23 194335.png

The ones at the top left are located on OneDrive and everything else is local to the PC. OneDrive can and does work very well as long as you understand how its set up and what it is doing:

Screenshot 2024-04-23 194131.png
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    W11 Pro x64 24H2 Dev
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell 7760 Mobile Precision 17"
    CPU
    Intel i5
    Motherboard
    Unknown
    Memory
    8Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Internal
    Hard Drives
    2 x 256Gb SSD
    PSU
    Dell 240 watt
    Mouse
    Dell Premier Bluetooth
    Internet Speed
    50Mbps
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Default Microsoft Security
Thanks for the replies. I have checked the properties and the ones with the little push pins go to my C:\Users\Username folders and the Libraries point to a location on my C:\ drive (ex: C:\Downloads). I am not sure how this got set up this way. I had previously upgraded this machine from Windows 7 to Win 10, then to Win 11 last month when I got a new MB and CPU. Maybe it's some kind of holdover from my Win 7 days. I have no idea at this point.

I transferred the files from the libraries to the locations in the C:\Users\... folders without incident and I have found the data I am looking for. Now I just have to sort out where Windows is going to store things.

@andrew129260 @Mooly I have never used Onedrive. It's the first thing I remove from any Windows installation.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self build
    CPU
    Ryzen 5800X
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte x570 Aorus Elite Wifi
    Memory
    32 GB GSkill Trident Neo with pretty LED lights
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS TUF GAMING RTX 3070 Ti
    Sound Card
    On board Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung 32 inch curved - one 4K, one 1080p
    Screen Resolution
    4K, 1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Samsung 980 Pro Nvme, 1 TB Samsung 970 EVO Nvme, 2 x Samsung 970 2TB SSD SATA
    PSU
    EVGA 1000Q
    Case
    Rosewill something or other
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15. A whole schwak of Noctua case fans. $$$
    Keyboard
    Logitech G815
    Mouse
    Logitech G502 Hero
    Internet Speed
    700 up, 600 down
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    MalwareBytes
Hi,

If you install Windows 11 with a Microsoft account, Onedrive immediately moves the folders when Windows starts.
Uninstalling Onedrive doesn't change anything, the damage is done. ;'(

Check the location of your users\your_name\ folders with Regedit :
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

Capture d'écran 2024-04-24 181609.png

PS : I always install Windows 11 with a local account to avoid this problem. Then when Windows starts I immediately uninstall Onedrive before connecting to the Microsoft account. With this there is no problem.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS TUF Gaming F17 (2022) - FX707ZM
    CPU
    Intel 12700H
    Motherboard
    Asus FX707ZM
    Memory
    32 Go
    Graphics Card(s)
    RTX 3060
    Sound Card
    C-MEDIA
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Integrated screen
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Intel NVME & WD Green NVME
    Mouse
    ROG Gladius III
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
If you install Windows 11 with a Microsoft account, Onedrive immediately moves the folders when Windows starts.
Uninstalling Onedrive doesn't change anything, the damage is done
You nailed it, and this is the most important point that most users do not understand. They think uninstalling Onedrive is all that's necessary without doing the pre-requisite steps FIRST. If not done correctly, uninstalling onedrive can result in a big mess. The entire MS account/onedrive thing is the biggest injustice MS has ever forced on the unsuspecting public who doesn't understand it in the first place.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 +256gb ssd+512 gb usb m.2 sata
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium

Latest Support Threads

Back
Top Bottom