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I am attempting to add several locations on my disk to my "Favorites" in Windows Explorer. I have used this feature in the 64bit version of Windows 7 without a problem, but it does not seem to work in this install. Here is my methodology so far.

1.) Go to a location in Windows Explorer "C:\users\Benjamin" 2.) Right click on the "favorites" in the left hand folder navigation window and select "Add current location to Favorites"

It does not fire an error, but the location does not appear under favorites. What might be happening here to prevent "favorites" from populating?

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Do you have administration rights to change settings? –  random Aug 2 '09 at 1:53
Yes, I do. I didn't get any sort of UAC prompt or anything. –  bsigrist Aug 2 '09 at 3:10

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The way I did it was to:

  • Navigate to C:\Users\<user>\Links
  • Create shortcuts in there

They appear to be sorted by last-modified in the Favorites list.

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This works great, thank you so much! I still cannot right click on the favorites and "add current location", but this is a fine workaround... Much better than what I originally proposed. –  bsigrist Aug 16 '09 at 18:20

If the folder that you added to favorites didn't appear, simply try to refresh (press F5) and it will appear (you may need to click once on the left pane if that is not in the focus so that it refreshes instead on the right pane which is your folders/files listing).

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It isn't a true answer to this question so if anyone still knows why favorites isn't working, please chime in...

One workaround is to use the "libraries" as a replacement of favorites. Apparently, libraries are supposed to be used to better share resources over the network, but they work similarly to "favorites".

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I do not know what I did except that I had multiple users and fully deleted the user path (c://users/). I had to turn off the windows media update to e service using services.msc through the command prompt. Then I was able to manually delete the folder.

Second, I ran scannow through the administrator command prompt. This can be done by right-clicking on command prompt in accessories and running as administrator. Then typing "sfc /scannow" (ignore "). Scannow found nothing wrong.

My best guess is that if there are multiple administrators on the computer, it gets confused with the favorites folder.

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Also, I am using windows 7 home premium 64 bit. The error I was receiving was that "windows can't create a shortcut here. would you like to add a shortcut to the desktop?" Good luck. –  user27882 Feb 11 '10 at 6:05

The favourites are stored in C:\Users\<user>\Links. So make sure that this directory exists, that you have write permissions, and that the 'read-only' flag is not set.

I was having the same problem, and when I checked read-only was set for some reason. Turning it off fixed the problem.

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I had this same issue - and resolved it. When I installed Windows 7 64Bit - I created a Scott.Local user as the on box Administrator. Knowing that I was going to be joining my domain as MYKB\scott.cate. This is a normal setup for me - and when windows joined my domain (after installation of course) I had two sets of users.

  • c:\users\scott.local
  • c:\users\scott.cate

Somehow my c:\users\scott.cate\links directory was deleted.

So I copied the /links directory from c:\users\scott.local to c:\users\scott.cate and the "Favorites" inside Windows Explorer came alive. In the end - this was a case of the /links directory missing from my c:\users{current user name here} directory. I wanted to add my local vs. domain accounts to the story so that might help someone remember to check which account is running.

bottom line - if the favorites in Windows Exlorer aren't working for you - check that the /links directory is valid in current (or possible all of the) user account(s).

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