How to Fix My Documents Folder Missing in Windows 7?

Posted by @Ailsa

October 16, 2018

How to repair My Documents folder missing problem in Windows 7 after accidental deletion? The best way is listed below to help you to restore it back to desktop easily in Windows 10/8/7.

My documents folder is missing

I have done some stupid thing, when I was redirecting the location of the folders from C drive to D drive in my Windows 7, and I was accidentally merged the My Documents and Downloads folders. Now I can’t restore it and move them back to previous versions. The computer saying they are not available. I can’t see either the Documents or Downloads folder in User folder. I can’t create new folders for both of them because the new created folder will automatically merge with the existing one in D drive. I just want to restore the User file to previous state and can’t find a way to fix it, anyone help me, Thanks.

What My Documents and Downloads folder are?

My Documents (also named Documents in Windows Vista/7/8/10) folder is a special system folder to store the personal documents in Microsoft Windows and included in User folders, like this:

C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents (replace the USERNAME with your current Windows account)

Other personal system folders like Pictures, Videos, and Downloads, and other folders share the same path of My Documents folder starting with Windows Vista, Typically, you could access these folders on Windows 7 like this: Double click the Computer, go Libraries -> Documents/Music/Pictures/Videos.

The Downloads folder contains the files that you have downloaded from the Internet. If you download a file, it will automatically save to the Downloads folder.

Sometimes you will also meet the Documents is missing problem caused by accidental deletion, or the contents of my documents folder disappeared even the Documents folder is there. Thus, we will walk you through the complete solutions to repair My Documents folder missing in Windows 7.

How do I get My Documents folder back to my Desktop in Windows 7?

There are 3 steps to restore My Documents folder back to Windows 7.

Step 1: Recreate My Documents folder in Explorer

If you could find My Documents or Documents folder in Explorer, there is no need to create it; If cannot find it, you have to create a new one.

Step 2: Reset the Registry User Folder Settings

1. Go Start and input regedt32 in search box to run Registry Editor Utility. Locate the path:

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

Documents Folder Location

2. Then the Documents folder corresponding default Name and Data are: Personal, %USERPROFILE%\Documents. Make sure they are correct. If not, change them to the right value.

3. To correct the Name field, right click the Name and choose Rename, input Personal. To change the Data value, double click the Name field, and type %USERPROFILE%\Documents, and click OK.

You could do the same to other sibling folders to fix User folders missing in Windows OS.

Step 3: Fix or Recreate the Documents folder

1. Click on Start, and type cmd, then run Command Prompt as administrator.

2. Input the following command:

attrib +r -s -h %USERPROFILE%\Documents /S /D

CMD Documents Folder

After these operations, reboot the Windows 7 computer, then the Documents will back to desktop immediately.

Another effective preventive measure

If you backup or sync the User profile folders before with AOMEI Backupper Standard, you can restore My Documents folder back to desktop and show as the previous state. AOMEI Backupper Standard is a professional backup and restore software for Windows computers, the supported OS includes Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. To repair this problem, it’s recommended to sync My Documents folder (one way sync). The steps are listed below:

1. First of all, download the freeware. Open this freeware after installing, choose Backup and File Sync in turn on the home console.

File Sync

2. Input a Task Name, then click Add Folder to choose My Documents folder to sync in the Step1.

Browse

Task Name

3. Choose a destination to save the sync file in the Step2.

Tip: You are allowed to comment the sync task, and enable email notification with Sync Options. Set a schedule sync task with Schedule option.

4. Click Start Sync to sync My Documents folder in Windows 7.

Start Sync

After that, you could copy My Documents folder to its original location, then My documents folder missing in Windows 7 problem is solved easily. Besides, you could try Recoverit to restore My Documents folder, as well as recovery the deleted files, folders, formatted hard drive, and so on. On the other hand, AOMEI Backupper Standard allows you to compress, check, comment the backup image, file backup, full backup, incremental and differential backup, automatic file/folder sync, etc. Or you can upgrade to Professional edition to enjoy clone OS to SSD or HDD, real time sync, restore to dissimilar hardware computer, etc.

Cannot Open my Documents folder in Windows 7/8/10?

Sometimes, you might just cannot open Documents folder in Windows 7/8/10 when you double-click the My Documents icon. These error messages you might receive:

  • Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to access the item.

  • The share name was not found. Be sure you typed it correctly;

  • The location you requested is not allowed as a target. Please choose a new location.

This problem is caused when My Documents folder has been redirected to a network share that has become unavailable. There is the solution to work it out:

1. Right click Documents icon and choose Properties.

2. Choose Sharing section, then change the Documents folder location from the network share to a local folder, then click OK.

Try this until the network share is available to fix cannot open folders in Windows 7/8/10.