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I've changed my Downloads folder location to D:\Test\Downloads. Then I accidentally set the Desktop folder to D:\Test.

After getting it back to C:\Users\MyName\Desktop, the D:\Test\Downloads is not marked as a user folder anymore, meaning that at properties, the Location option is not more available.

Trying to get it back, I've created a folder named Downloads at C:\Users\MyName\Downloads, but it also does not have the Location option.

When I run (Windows+R) shell:Downloads, windows cannot find it.

So, how can I get back the Downloads folder? 

OS: Windows 7 x64 Pro.

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marked as duplicate by Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, Tog, random Mar 1 '14 at 14:47

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You'll need to point the Downloads library link back to D:\Test\Downloads.

You can do that through Right Click > Properties then selecting the Location tab.

  • Restore - This will set the path back to default, as you see in the screenshot.
  • Move... - This opens a window that will let you choose a new location for the downloads directory.
  • Find Target... - This will open the directory where the currently set Downloads folder resides. In the example below: C:\Users\Michael\

Download Properties

Note: You can only get to the "correct" Downloads properties by entering from the \Users\Username\ folder directly. See the screenshot below:

Download Properties 2

If the above method doesn't work or the Location tab is completely gone, and you're not just looking in the wrong place. You may need to reset the Download folders registry link.

There are two locations that will need to be reset:

HKCU > Shell Folders


HKCU > User Shell Folders

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As I said, the Location tab is gone. This is the problem. I can't find it, actually, I think it does not exists anymore, since "shell:Downloads" results in error. I need to reset it, but I don't know how/where. :( – Pedro77 Feb 28 '14 at 19:23
I've expanded my answer to include a screenshot of which icon to enter properties from. I can't see if for some reason, hopefully you can. – Michael Frank Feb 28 '14 at 19:30
Sorry, this is not the solution, I found it at:… – Pedro77 Feb 28 '14 at 19:39
Next time, mention that you deleted the folder. ;) – Michael Frank Feb 28 '14 at 19:41
I will say that @MichaelFrank did give an accurate answer, although there is an alternative when the tabs are not available, which it the answer you found. – CharlieRB Feb 28 '14 at 19:41

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