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Folder Redirection and Recycle Bin files not showing on Windows 7 PCs

Q: Folder Redirection and Recycle Bin files not showing on Windows 7 PCs

Hello all,

I'm pulling my hairs out on this issue on a domain. Our AD is sitting on Windows Server 2012 R2. We have configured Folder Redirection for users under the domain. Everything is running as usual but Windows 7 clients cannot see DELETED files in the Recycle Bin.
There is no errors or problems with the Recycle Bin as far as I can tell since users CAN see their deleted files when login from a Windows 8.1 PC. The problem seems to be related to Windows 7 I then assume.

For example, User1 logs in from a Windows 7 PC in the domain and deletes a file on the Desktop. The Recycle Bin icon shows that there are deleted files in it but opening the the recycle bin shows no items at all. Same user logs in into the same account from
a Windows 8.1 Desktop and can see the files inside his recycle bin! Has anyone else ran into this issue before? I'd highly appreciate any suggestions.

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Preferred Solution: Folder Redirection and Recycle Bin files not showing on Windows 7 PCs

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My girlfriend called and complained to me that all her files are gone on her computer. She explained that the black cmd screen came up saying that files were being deleted. I assumed she had a virus and there wasn't a whole lot that could be done to get the files back. However, when I randomly looked in the Windows folder, I noticed that all the files were missing from there as well. This is strange to me as Windows was in fact running without fine (minus the missing files). All the programs work fine, but all the folders show up as empty. I went into folder options and changed the option to show hidden files and still I got nothing. I also used the xp cd to run chkdsk /r and it came up with a BSOD Stop error after trying to boot into windows. I had to run fixmbr to get Windows up again. Maybe the problems are related. Do you have any ideas on what this might be?

A:Files (including windows folder files) not showing up.

Update: The files in the Windows directory seem to have come back. Not sure how that happened, so now I'm trying out some file recovery software to see if I can find anything.

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Hey, my files aren't showing up in my recycle bin when I delete them. I have it set that I DO get a prompt before deletion. I went to that link with the recycle bin registry key thing, and refreshed my desktop... and it still isn't working.

Someone please help? Much thanks. :)

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Originally Posted by shades313

Hey, my files aren't showing up in my recycle bin when I delete them. I have it set that I DO get a prompt before deletion. I went to that link with the recycle bin registry key thing, and refreshed my desktop... and it still isn't working.

Someone please help? Much thanks. :)

Have you tried disabling System Restore and scan for viruses in Safe Mode? or you can give this a shot

1. Launch regedit.
2. Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\
3. Change the NukeOnDelete value to 1 to enable immediate deletion or to 0 to disable immediate deletion (i.e., to turn the Recycle Bin back on). If the NukeOnDelete value doesn't exist, create it as a DWORD value

NOTE: Please backup your Registry before attempting 2nd solution. I will not be responsible for any damage done to your Registry.

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I deleted some files but they don't show up in the recycle bin. I checked show hidden files and nothing shows up. Also, when I try to empty the recycle bin, it gives me an error that dc438 is in use.

A:deleted files not showing up in recycle bin

Open the recycle bin and right click on the open space. Select properties. If on the Global tab you have a checkmark in the box by "Do not move files to recycle bin ..." you've found your reason. Otherwise, I have no idea what's happening.

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I use Windows XP. There is not a lot in the Recycle Bin - some goes back to last year. Some recent deletes are there. I deleted a large number of music files (mp3) and folders and only 3 of these files are in the recycle bin. The Recycle Bin settings are global and do not allow for auto delete. The disk space available is large.

History: My computer had been in storage for 16 mos and I have recently been updating everything. Prior to putting it in storage I had to have it professionally restored - they suspected it was a virus. The hardware was affected and as I continued to have odd things happen I added a portable hard drive and changed settings so that My Documents and all subfolders operated from this drive. That is the only drive on which I can find the recycle bin. On the C drive I found something called Recycler.

I am good at emptying my recycle bin, but in the process of doing updates and going through old files and programs I have intentionally not emptied it as I anticipated the chance for mistakes would be greater. I was right, unfortunately, little of what I have deleted is in the bin. Don't know why old stuff is there and so little of recently deleted files/folders can be found.


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I did a search on this and could not find anything. Once in awhile my desktop will have a bunch of random files I deleted a long time ago. I always empty it too. There won't be anything in the recycle bin or on the desktop and then I'll go to look at it after awhile and some other group of files will be there. I have tried the whole "rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin" on every drive on my computer. Windows is installed on C:. This is REALLY weird. It isn't even the same group of files each time, it is just random files I've deleted over the past 2 months. I noticed a folder for a demo install of InDesign comes up a lot and says it is in use when I try to re-delete it, could Adobe's crap software be breaking it? PLEASE HELP, THIS IS VERY ANNOYING.

Windows 7 64 Ultimate, 12 gigs of ram, I7 processor. Hard drives are at most half full.

A:Deleted Recycle Bin files showing up on desktop

its possible that malware programs are doing this.

I would run either SpyBot Search & Destroy or Ad-Aware to remove the malware programs that are causing this.

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OS: Windows 7 (64bit)
DRIVES: (C Drive: Hitachi 500gb) (External Drive (D Drive (USB)): Seagate 500gb)

I never had this problem before (been going strong for 1-2 years). Just in the last week the power went out due to storms and my computer(laptop) had to resort to using the battery for an hour.
Now I restarted it a few times since then, so any battery conversation settings should had switched over to plugged in mode.
What's located in "Computer": http://i.imgur.com/gd84Ww9.jpg
C & D Drive Recycle.bin right click properties: http://i.imgur.com/qa40Xm0.jpg
C & D Drive properties in "Device Manager": http://i.imgur.com/uuT2TKQ.jpg

Basically I deleted a file the other day, had a wtf moment and went into the recycle.bin to get it, but it wasn't there.
Ended up finding it in my external drives hidden recycle.bin file.
Now I'm on a quest to understand why I can't see these deleted files.

After I unplug my external HD, it shows all the deleted files(from both drives) in my recycle.bin.
When I plug the external HD back in, the problem reappears and I can no longer see deleted files in the recycle.bin.

I turned off hidden files/folder in the folders control panel settings, so that isn't the issue. I still have the problem.

My external HD (using USB 3.0) is set up to mirror new/edited files every hour from specific areas on my main drive (C).
For instance, if I download and edit... Read more

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I work on a laptop and a desktop. I use an external 320 GB hard disk to save my files.
The laptop is running windows 7 home basic 64 bit (more than 2 years old) and The desktop is running windows 7 ultimate 64 bit (recently installed with formatting new pc).
The problem is..
If the HDD connected to the desktop and I delete any file from the HDD, the file appears in the recycle bin of the desktop but as I connect the HDD in laptop the files are not appear under recycle bin of the laptop. Likewise any file deleted from HDD appears in recycle bin of the laptop when the HDD connected to the laptop but not appears in the recycle bin when connected to the desktop.
Is it normal? I do not think so. If it is a problem then how can I correct it. I have tried windows troubleshooting -- performance check , HDD error check but no error can be find out in both computers.

Wish for your helpful suggestions.

A:Recycle bin not showing deleted files for an external hard drive

I think this is quite normal if I have read your post correctly. When you delete a file from your external HD the deleted file get transferred to the Recycle Bin of the computer you are using. When you change the external HD to your laptop then there is no record of those files as they have already been deleted & would still be the Recycle Bin of desktop, unless you have deleted them from there.

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Hi all,

I have setup folder redirection to redirect 'my documents' and the 'desktop' from one folder on our win2k server to another folder on the same server.

I have created a security group and placed everyone in that group that I want to have folder redirection. I tested it on my account and it worked fine, it redirected my desktop to the new folder and redirected my documents (even though there was nothing in my documents at the time). And it deleted the old folders once the new ones were created and everything moved across.

However, when the group policy tried to move other users my documents to the new location it would only move some of the files and leave all the rest in the old directory and it wouldn't change the path of the my documents to point to the new directory!!! However it would move the desktop icons with no problems at all and delete the old folder.

The path that I am using to redirect the folders is \\server\usersdocuments\%USERNAME% and \\server\usersdesktops\%USERNAME%. And this is applied to a security group call folder redirection. I am completely at a loss with this problem and any help would be much appreciated, thanks.

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[Edit] Title changed to reflect root cause. Was "Weird DFS Problem". You could probably skip to my 25 May post without missing much.
Using folder redirects with a DFS share, and have run into a bizarre problem.
DFS Namespace Server and file server that hosts the DFS folder are both WS2012. Problem clients are both Win 7. Non-problem clients are Win 7 and Win 10.
A user (only one) has folders redirected with no issues from one computer she uses. On two other computers (and only on those 2), Contacts and Searches redirect, but none of the others (AppData\Roaming, Desktop, Documents, etc.). 
Meanwhile, other users on the two problem computers have no issues redirecting.
All users have the same Folder Redirection GPO.
When logged on as the problem user, on the problem machines, if I browse the path to the redirects as specified in the GPO--
--I get--
Network Error
Windows cannot access \\domain.local\dfs\redirects\%username%
Check the spelling of the name. Otherwise, there might be a problem with your network. To try to identify and resolve network problems, click Diagnose.
[Diagnose] [Cancel]

[Expanded Information]
Error code: 0x80004005
Unspecified error
However, if I use the NetBIOS domain name--

--it works, and I can browse down into the various folders.
So...we know DFS problems are often DNS problems. Well... ... Read more

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My OS of choice is Windows 2000.

Yes, you read right. I managed to turn my Program Files folder into a Recycle Bin. How did I do it, you ask? My Recycle Bin had 2 damaged files it refused to delete, so I looked around for problems like mine. I got this link ( http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;136517 ) and did what it said. However, I didn't have a recycled folder. Instead, I did a search after uncovering all hidden folders, copied the original Ini, then changed them all to read what I was told to put in a new ini file.

I did this in the Program Files folder, the System32 folder, and WinNT folder. I restarted, and found all my program icons in the tray changed to nothing. I have no back ups, and the new recycle bin reads as having all the data of the Program Files. I can't extract it, but it's there. Any idea what I should do to change it back into a file folder?

A:Turned my Program Files Folder into a Recycle Bin

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This is a new Acer with Windows 7 Home Premium.

I tried copying some .jpgs in subfolders from a different machine and pasting them onto the Acer. The copy and paste processes looked entirely normal.

On the Acer MyPictures properties shows 2.95 GB with 456 files and 24 folders which is correct. However with the exception of a couple of sub folders none of the .jpgs can be seen in Windows Explorer.

Start>Searching for .jpg shows all the files with a path C:\Users\userName\Pictures\ even though I only saved them in C:\Users\userName\Pictures\My Pictures . Not all the copied sub folders can be seen but those which can be seen show in both locations. Using Search it is possible to open and view any of the images whether or not the sub folder in which they are stored shows in Pictures and My Pictures.

I've been through Properties and don't have any hidden files.

Any help much appreciated.


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Why do you have pictures\my pictures?

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I did a backup using LaCie's software.
The backup folder properties say it is 2.5 gigs big. But the only sub-folder showing is 500 mbs.
Somewhere where I can't see it is 2 gigs of key data.

The LaCie software doesn't seem to have a restore function. The folder is not hidden. I've tried different views. When I copy to another location it shows that it is moving all the files that I can't see.

How can I get to the unseen data?

A:2.5 gb folder only showing few files

I'm not familiar with the LaCie backup software, but I'd suggest using a more mainstream alternative.

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Recently I used Easy File Locker to hide hide few file and folders .
After some time my system got infected so I formatted my C: drive. But then the folder which was hidden using Easy File Locker(EFL) is now not showing.

So I again Installed the EFL,but stilll the folder is not visible.

Also I tried to to search using the windows search with search in the hidden folder enabled, but no luck.

I am still not able to find the folder.
If any one help. <_

A:Files and Folder not showing

Was the file located in the partition you reformatted?

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Files are not showing in folder, but in folder propeerties it is showing free space 3 GB used space 36 GB

A:Hiden files not showing in folder

Did you enabled the option to show hidden files

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Before, i have a small tool to enable virus hidden all files and folders to show it up back by hitting that utility bat. I lost this tool so can any body let me know or provide me that tool?
Sorry for my English because it's not my native

A:Tool to showing hidden files and folder

So you want us to find a tool that shows files infected by hidden virus's?

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Recently my computer was attacked by a virus. The virus made it so i couldn't access my C drive at all, but could still use all my start up progams. For some reason it also erased all of my desktop icons, except for diablo2 LOD (don't know why that one was still there....)
Anyway, after removing viruses with malware bytes i did a system restore to about 2 weeks prior. After the computer was done everything seemed fine. Computer was running fine ect.

My problem is files that were contained in my folders seem to have disappeared. I know the files are still on the hard drive, but some of my folders disappeared (these are folders i created loooong before what the restore date was) making me unable to access the files unless i remember their names and can type them in the windows explorer.

I discovered the files were still there when running a video game emulator, i clicked open rom, and just typed in the file name of one of my games i couldnt get to through my computer anymore, and it worked, game loaded up.

Anyone know how I can get my folders to come back, so i can easily access the files in them? If more info i needed let me know. Any help is greatly appreciated.

A:Files not showing up in folder after system restore

Run sfc /scannow from the cmd prompt/admin and let Windows 7 check and repair Windows 7 system files. If it finds a problem run it more times booting after each time until it fixes all the problems. Normally this will take 3 times. If that checks out okay and your icons still don't work, remove your old icons and go to the program.exe and right click and sent shortcut to desktop. See if that icon works. Many times when you remove a virus the damage that has been done has to be repaired.

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when i explore temporary internet files the folder shows that its empty but when i check the properties of the file it shows 9GB being used by the folder.
would appreciate if anyone could help me in the same.

with regards,
Abdul Hafeez ( in need of help)

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I have recently been having the problem that when i go to delete multiple items from the Recycler, it deletes them, and then at the same time adds the Windows folder, i cant see it in the bin, but i know it exists as when i click 'Empty Recycle Bin' it errors me and says:

'Cannot delete Windows, cannot read from source file or disk'

And the option 'empty recycle bin' should not even be there, if i already 'emptied' it out???????

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I was deleting some files off of one of my hard drives, and now I have a hidden folder in my recycling bin called WINDOWS (note that i used caps because that is how it is shown). How do I get rid of this?

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I had a problem deleting an older version of Firefox. The Firefox Setup .exe file was stuck in the Recycle Bin, it wouldn't delete and it wouldn't restore. Believing that the Recycle Bin was corrupt, I used this method from the DOS prompt:

rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin

I refreshed my Desktop and when I clicked on the Recycle Bin. While the file appeared to be missing, the Recycle Bin would not load properly so I restarted my computer.

Now when I click on the Recycle Bin icon, it points to my entire computer (exactly the same as clicking on "Computer" off the Start Menu) instead of the Recycle Bin folder.

How can I restore the Recycle Bin icon so that it shows only the contents of the Recycle Bin?

My gratitude to any and all who can help me.

A:Recycle Bin Icon Does Not Point To Recycle Bin Folder

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Additional Note:
Performing a net user * /DELETE has no effect on the share that is not working properly. Also when performing a new use the share does not appear in the list.

I keep having a re-occurring issue.

I start by creating a shared folder on a Windows 2000 Server. From my Windows XP Pro laptop I'm able to access the files in the shared folder. At some point either from logging off the network or network changes that occur over night, I lose share. By losing the share I mean that I can access the folder that is shared but it does not show any files in the folder even though there are files. If I turn off the server, I get the same empty folder results. I've tried registering and flushing the DNS several times and reassigning my IP address. I'm at a loss as to why the share will not show any files. If I create a new share on the same server it will work fine until I leave for the day and return the next day. I would like to understand more about how shares are created and handled in Windows and then I might be able to figure out why this problem is occurring.


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hello! can someone help me out with this problem..i made a new briefcase and put a folder in it consisting all the images and after they had transferred i closed the briefcase and later when open it to view the images the briefcase was showing the folder but not showing even one image. it directly opens file association helper and tells me "unable to find software for the selected file". please tell me what should i do?

A:briefcase not opening showing files inside the folder

Hello aakriti, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you are getting this message when you try to open the Briefcase, then see if downloading and merging the .reg file for the listed Briefcase option in the tutorial below may help.

If this is for an image file instead, then download and merge the .reg file for that file extension instead.

Default File Type Associations - Restore

Hope this helps for now,

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Good day all from the high arctic.

I just installed a server in our school running windows 2003 SP2. I have created user accounts for all the students and set them up with roaming profiles (active directory... I think that is what it is called). The problem is that my students do not like to wait the 5 min to login!! So I started reading about folder redirection.

Sounds easy...

1. Open File Server Management create a shared folder called users$
2. Set the share permissions to full control for Everyone
3. open Active Directory Users and Computers
4. Right click the domain and go to properties
5. click on the Group Policy tab
this is where I have questions. I have been just editing the Default Domain Policy. #1 is this right?​6. Edit the Policy, go to -User config -Windows Settings -Folder Redirection
7. Then I right click My Documents
8. On the Target tab I select Advance - Specify locations for various user groups
9. Then Click Add, entered the name of the group testI have a user called test_t who is a member of the test group​10. I selected Create a folder for each user under the root path and for the root path I enter \\servername\users$
11. then click ok

So then what? I mean what is supposed to happen? I log into a computer with my test_t account and the roaming profile works fine BUT nothing happens to My Documents!

Am I missing something, or am I just to simple to figure this out, or is the fact that it is snowing out causing some ID-10T error?

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A:Folder redirection windows 2003 server

* When you try to save something to my documents does it get copied over to the folder on the server?
* What happens when you right-click the My Documents folder and go to properties?
* Whats your OU structure like?
* Where is the user?

No sure what guide you followed but take a look at these


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Hello everyone,

I've got Server 2008 (no R2) running as a PDC for my small LAN. The clients are an XP SP2 Pro laptop, a 7 Pro laptop and the server itself. I created a folder redirection policy to keep the roaming profiles V1 and V2 in sync, so e.g. "V2\Start Menu" points to "V1\Start Menu". Additionally, I used this policy to redirect the Desktop and the Documents folder outside of the profile. They point to a share (e.g. "\\Homeserver\ProfilesLive\%username%\Desktop") on the server.

This setup works flawlessly when switching between XP (V1) and the 2008 (V2) client. All profiles folders are synced, changes to Desktop and Documents are updated live on the server share.

When I log into the 7 laptop, however, I see a very strange behaviour. The profile settings (like Start Menu/Taskbar style, Desktop background color etc.) are correct, but folder redirection does not work because the client cannot find the share named "\\Laptop\ProfilesLive\%username%\Desktop". This is quite odd because I never defined the client to be the host of that share. Obviously Windows 7 changes the UNC path it gets from the GPO on its own!

Some additional facts:
- the laptops had been members of a different domain before I added them to the current one
- DNS / NetBios / ping works fine on all machines
- initially, the 7 client loaded the folder redirection policy just fine upon login, Desktop and Documents were there, but the rest... Read more

A:Windows 7 client changes folder redirection UNC path

I'm not sure if this is exactly what you are looking for but it seems to relate to the same type of problem.
Add UNC path to search index in Windows 7

Download details: Windows Desktop Search: Add-in for Files on Microsoft Networks

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Sys: Windows 8.1 Pro clients attached to MS 2003 server domain. (yes I know its best to have a higher win server version with 8.1, but i do not have that currently)

Ok, so the problem is that roaming profiles and folder redirection work but on only SOME of the windows 8.1 clients!!!!

How can these both work fine on only SOME of my essentially identical workstations?

I realize that I need different Profile types for the different OS's. I have applied the V4 registry edit and created a V4 default profile in my sysvol directory on the DC so that the workstations get a proper V4 starting profile.

All PC's are in same OU container.

My GPO's for roaming profiles and folder redirection have not changed from my XP workstations, Windows server 2003 domain controller.

So I create a new user, and log into one of the win8.1 client machines on my local lan. Wow, profile works, V4 created in the profile share, redirection works perfectly. So I log out. I then remote to an identical PC across my wan. Log in as same user and it works fine, get the redirected desktop, and profile. But now the fun begins. I log out to complete the profile "swap" back to the server. I try to log back in and the disaster starts. (Yes, I have triple checked my permissions on all shares etc.)

I get the "DESKTOP cannot be loaded error". Logs show REDIRECTION SUCCESSFUL for my desktop!!! What the?

I have received the "redirection gpo not applied till n... Read more

A:Windows 8.1, Microsoft 2003 server, and folder redirection

I find hot fixes that seem to relate to this problem.

Incompatibility between Windows 8 roaming user profiles and roaming profiles in other versions of Windows

Windows 8.1 V3 Roaming Profiles

Windows 8 and 8.1 now has another version of roaming profiles which are incompatible with the Windows Vista/7 versions (Incompatibility between Windows 8 roaming user profiles and roaming profiles in other versions of Windows). As of the November 2013 Windows 8.1 update there is now a registry key you can set to spawn a .v3 profile to avoid conflicts with older versions of the profile. This registry key is a DWORD Value called “UseProfilePathExtensionVersion” with a value of “1″ and needs to be created under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlset\Services\ProfSvc\Parameters key. This can be then be deployed using the Group Policy Preferences Registry Extension that is targeted to the Windows 8.1 Computers.

Source: How to configure Roaming Profiles and Folder Redirection

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 We're using group policy to manage application data redirection and are seeing some odd issues. Currently we enable offlines and have the background sync settings to constantly be online, i.e. the redirected folders are consitently writing to the network
location, unless it's unavailable, in which case the client side cache is used. We also redirect all user folders to the network (including application data).

 We're doing some testing and have made changes as follows:

- Offline files enabled
- Background sync enabled (every 30 minutes with a 15 minute variance)
- Blockout start time and blockout duration 0
- Enable background syns for shares in user selected "work offline"
- Slow link mode enabled when connection to the \\<user>\<homefolder> is less than 1ms
- Transparent caching enabled (30ms latency)
- Remove make available offline 

- AppData(Roaming) -> Redirect to the local user path
- Do not grant exclusive rights
- Policy removal -> Restore contents

We applied the computer GPO first and then after a couple of hours applied the user GPO. For most of our users on wired connections this worked fine, however we noticed some odd behaviour:

1. Some users experienced a failed logon (due to reasons such as loss of wireless connection during logon), this resulted in the user having to wait 30 minutes instead of the expected 4 or minutes ini... Read more

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We just started testing the folder redirection group policy on windows 10 computers currently joined to windows domain. At first, everything was nice and happy valley.

But, just a day after, we started to receive complaints from the users using the testing computers that their wallpapers were disappearing, and the desktop icons were moving from their prefer location to another location on the desktop.
Nothing on the network has changed, and the windows 10 have not received any new updates of any kind, drivers or security updates, etc.
Can anyone share if there is a fix or is this something that Microsoft has not fixed? Looking at older forums, it seems folder redirection and user loosing personalize settings has been an issue for a very long time.
Any help or suggestion is always gladly appreciated.


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I have several icons/files from my "User" folder showing up in the "Computer" folder (several in duplicate), PLUS numerous blank icons...

This seems to have occurred after the Common Files folder became corrupted, after I somewhat riskily decided to power off while Vista was attempting to come out of Sleep mode - it had already taken about 3 mins and I was in a hurry - bad move, I know. That delay appears to have been due to an old version of Online Armor, and has now been fixed (by an update). Chkdsk scanned and (apparently) corrected some errors, and I also ran SFC which said it had corrected some errors but had also found some that it couldn't correct. Any help much appreciated.


A:Icons/Files from "User" folder showing up in "Computer" folder

Hello Aster, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You might see if doing a system restore using a restore point dated before this happened may be able to fix it.

Hope this helps,

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I've been forced for time reasons to use a flash drive of mine to deliver some files to a customer. Before I give it to anybody else , I use to empty it. But now I'm afraid some private files of mine might be stuck in the recycle bin. I know flash drives on Windows usually don't have a recycle bin, but I read some models do. I also read you can't access somebody else's recycle bin from a different machine, since Windows marks all the files with a specific user ID. But what if there were a recycle bin, and somebody used that flash drive on a Mac/Linux based machine? Would he be able to see the files, since the recyclebin is just another directory to MacOS? Thank you

A:Read Windows Recycle Bin files on Mac

Can you give more details regarding "I use to empty it"? What do you do exactly to "empty it"?

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Hello there.

I am having a bit of a problem here... I have just downloaded the pictures from my camera from my first 3 days of vacation and then accidentally deleted the folder that contained all of my pictures from the past 1 year. It was quite a big one, so it couldn't be stored in the Recycle Bin... Is there any way that I could recover the pictures that any of you would know of? I'd appreciate the help for sure :(

Thank you in advance!

A:Windows 7 Recover Files that were not taken to Recycle Bin

Hi shobeck,

Depending on how you imported the photos, there is a slight chance that they're still available in the Temp folder. To access this folder:

Go to Start > Search.
Type "%temp&" without the quotes > Hit ENTER.
See if your files can be found here.

Did you ever activate the System&restore backup functions in Windows 7?

1. Go to the Computer > Browse until you find the folder that the picture was in.
2. Right-click this folder > Choose "Previous versions"-tab.

You can then mark any date/time in that list when the images was supposed to be there. Either use Restore, or Browse button to view these files. Then simply copy them from the opened folder to another location.

If all above fails you need to use some form of data recovery application. There are a few free ones, but most of them are very limited, and needs to be paid for to use properly. You could give this one a shot.

In the future, make sure you have a proper backup of all your important files!

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I accidentally moved 70 image files into my recycle bin and when I tried to restore them, they don't show up in the recycle bin; it looks empty when I open it. When I click "empty recycle bin" though, it asks if I want to delete all 70 files. How can I restore these files that don't seem to be there? I restarted my computer to see if that would make these files show up and it didn't.

when I try to restore the files, it makes a beeping sound telling me that it can't restore them. There are no thumbnails or anything indicating that they are in the recycle bin, until I ask it to delete said files and it asks me if I'm sure I want to delete these 70 files. How can I restore them?

A:can't restore files from recycle bin on windows XP

First, go to Control Panel > Folder Options > View.

Unhide everything hidden: hidden files, system files, everything.

Then, go to C:\ and look for the Recycled folder. Open it up and look for your files.

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I just realized that I may have made a big mistake.  Some time ago, I typed all of my passwords onto a thumb drive using Microsoft Word.  I then deleted them all and deleted them again from the recycle bin.  Are those deleted passwords now accessible to hackers or malware?
Thank you,

A:Are files deleted from recycle bin secure in Windows 7?

As you are no doubt aware nothing is deleted from Windows until you empty the recycle bin but deleting a file does not actually wipe the data on the hard drive, it merely removes the file's address from the file allocation table leaving the space free for future use. If this space is not used by a later file, the data is still there. This is how recovery software  like Recuva is able to work.
So yes, it is possible for someone to access your hard drive and recover deleted data from it. But, since they would have to run some sort of recovery software the possibility is very slight. I can think of two ways to eliminate the risk. One would be to do a defrag since the moving of files would almost certainly overwrite the sectors used. The other is to use a wiping software to overwrite unused sectors, but carefully !  One example would be Ccleaner by Revo which includes an option to wipe unused sectors.
Personally I would think hard before using this sort of tool and definitely make sure that all my data on the drive was backed up first.
Chris Cosgrove

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I am having very strange problem.

I am using Windows 7 - Home Premium 64bit. There is only one user on this machine which is Administrator and this computer is not connected with any networks.

I am trying to move all of User's folders to D: drive. I have successfully moved, My Pictures, My Documents, My Videos, Contacts and other folders but when I try to move "Desktop" folder, it gives me an error message at the end of the operation (after coping all the data to the new location) that "Folder Redirection Failed", "Operation was cancelled by the user". I have tried to change the location several times for this Desktop folder but every time I do it, I get this error message.

Now situation is... Data from my Desktop is present in its default location but also copied to D:\Users\MyName\Desktop folder. Means, exactly the same data is placed on two different locations but default Desktop location is still at C: drive.

Can anyone help that why I am unable to change my Desktop location?

P.S I am trying to change the location by right clicking on Desktop folder in User's folder, then Properties and then Location tab. It's exactly the same way by which I moved all of my other User's folders successfully.
Look forward to any quick help.

A:Folder Redirection Failed - Only for Desktop Folder

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I am pulling my hair out. I thought the transfer completed to my external hard drive so I deleted my photos and emptied my recycle bin. I have been attempting system restores (unsuccessful) and file recovery software all day long. It seems like it is doing nothing but giving me a couple pictures along with porn. I am so frustrated. There has to be a legitimate way to recover my entire Picture folder? Please help! Thank you!

A:Windows Vista Need to Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin

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I deleted something and could not find it in the recycle bin, and it shows 3 items in there, but when I empty the recycle bin, it said 6 item deleted. So I guess my recycle bin is not displaying all the item?

Wondering anybody have had similar problem?

Thanks in advance for any fix!


A:recycle bin not showing all items

Hello Aine,

It sounds like your Recycle Bin is not refreshing properly. If so, then this should be able to help fix it.

Recycle Bin

Hope this helps,

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I was fooled into clicking on a link in an email and it opened a download window (save / open) I believe it was a ".zip", but not sure because another window opened over it (before I did anything)saying something like the "location not available", I clicked "OK" on the second window and both windows closed. I checked the download log on Firefox (I was using web based email) and it didn't show any download, I still didn't feel good about this so I ran a "Quick scan" usning Avast anti virus. It came up with no infection but had a list of files, about 85 of them, it could not scan becasue "archive is password protected" in "c:\$Recycle.Bin\". I checked the Recycle Bin and could see none of these files listed. I emptied it... Ran another Avast scan (Full system) and it didn't come up with anything.
I ran Malwarebytes, both Anti Malware and Anti-rootkit, both come up clean
I ran RogueKiller and when it finished, it came up with a couple of things in the "Processes" tab and I clicked "Delete", "Fix Host", "Fix Proxy", "Fix DNS" but didn't realize I needed to check the other tabs, and didn't, so I don't know what else it may have found (I may still have the logs). After that first time running it, each time I tried to run it again, it froze on "dllhost.exe" when it was in the "prescan" mode. I finally got that to stop by deleting it and re downloading it (I have no idea if that was "virus" related or just a bug).
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A:Password protected "c:\$Recycle.Bin\" files & Windows Defender failed

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Hi guys,
we don't like for sync the recycle bin during sync offline folder, but system do it automaticly. How to exclude it?
The same situation with subfolders 'My music' and 'My pictures'. We would like to sync 'My documents only'.
Please help!
Thank a lot

A:Exclude Recycle bin from Offline Files (Windows Sync Centre)

You can click “Start”,
 input “Managed offline files” in Search box and press Enter.
In the window of Offline Files, go to General and click “View your offline files”
Then you can manage offline files folder in it.

This link maybe helpful to you:
Hope it helps.

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Hi... I have a Dell Laptop which is running Windows 7. Whenever i try to delete something, the dialogue box asks "would you like to permanently delete this file?" and seems to totally bypass the recycle bin.

I tried right clicking the recycle bin icon to change properties. The options for "Custom size" and "Don't move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted" are UNCHECKED but are also both greyed out and cannot be changed! "Display delete confirmation dialog" is not grayed out, and is checked.

Also my C: drive doesn't have the Recycle.bin folder. I tried to fix the Recycle bin settings from command prompt by running : rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin. But still after restarting the computer the recycle.bin folder was not there.

Is there any fix for this?

A:My recycle bin isn't working, files are "permanently deleted" bypassing recycle bin,

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Hi... I have a Dell Laptop which is running Windows 7. Whenever i try to delete something, the dialogue box asks "would you like to permanently delete this file?" and seems to totally bypass the recycle bin.

I tried right clicking the recycle bin icon to change properties. The options for "Custom size" and "Don't move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted" are UNCHECKED but are also both greyed out and cannot be changed!
"Display delete confirmation dialog" is not grayed out, and is checked.

I tried to fix the Recycle bin settings from command prompt by running : rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin. It didnt help
I am deleting files from the local drive.
I have tried creating a
new user account but the issue was not fixed. The laptop is in a domain. The above issue doesn't occur in safe mode. I tried to find out if a service or startup item is causing this but was not able to locate any. I have ran SFC scannow
and checkdisk, it didn't help.

There is no group policy which is affecting this.
Is there any fix for this issue??

A:My recycle bin isn't working, files are "permanently deleted" bypassing recycle bin

Check for a key called "NoRecycleFiles" in


If present, try setting the value to 0. Alternatively, delete it.

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I am trying to remove empty folders using Remove Empty Directories. I know of a few that are empty, and just ran a test to see if RED would detect they were empty. Well, to my surprise, I am finding that RED shows 1 (or more) file in these folders (a JPG at 0.00 MB), but it's not showing up in the folder. Is there any way I can have these show up in folders so I can search for all JPG's and delete them? Example:

I do have "Show hidden files, folders and drives" checked under folder options as well.

A:File not showing up in folder,but showing up in Remove Empty Directori


You could try running JPG Cleaner v2.6

I use this software on a regular basis. I'd suggest limiting it's use to only one problem folder on your machine as a test run.

Run the program with admin rights then from the GUI choose Add Folder then browse to your test folder. Additionally choose the option to delete Unknown Files and also untick the option to Create Backup Files.

Then choose Start and when the cleanup is completed there is an option to save a log file. Save the log file somewhere and have a look at it to view the results.

Additionally you could run the program again choosing the Delete Corrupt Files option.

If you're happy with the results - go ahead and add the other remaining folders or directories to be cleaned.

I've never encountered any problems using this software but as always before running any sort of cleaning product it's best to at least create a system restore point to fall back on and ideally have a system image backup handy.

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I have gone thru several threads regarding people putting items in the Recycle Bin only to have them not be visible when they open the RB (both in Windows XP and ME). Several of them stated the RB indicated a number of items when they click on "empty", but none of the items are showing. I have seen several answers regarding this - but one, which worked for this "dummy" was to remove the check on the recycle bin box in my Window Washer Program. Some of you may also have a cleaning program which is causing this? Took me quite a while to determine this was my problem. Always ready to share my computer ignorance with others. At least now I can get back my mistakes thrown in the RB. lol!

A:Solved: Recycle Bin Items Not Showing

Unknown third party utilities add by a user can throw anyone. Thanks for sharing the tip.

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I accidentally deleted my RECIPE FOLDER containing several categories of recipes with several files in each folder. I could not find my deleted files in MY Recycle Bin so I recovered my RECIPE FOLDER by restoring my system to an earlier date. Now that I have recovered My RECIPE FOLDER, all my files are now script and cannot be read. These are recipes that I have been collecting for over 8 years. It's a treasure to me. How do I return these script files to normal. My folder was stored on an HP Pavilion Laptop using Windows 7.
Thanks to any helpers on this forum who can assist me.....Carlyle

A:Accidentally deleted a folder in Windows 7 and now restored folder files are script

could you attach an example of one of these files to a post so we can have a look and see whats happened to them for you?

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I have a game in my pen drive that is splits second, my friend had given this pen drive to me, but windows explorer is showing that this drive is empty, i have checked it if it is hidden but still it's not showing after i had changed settings for hidden files, and i had checked the drive properties, it is showing that 3.07 GB free of 7.44 GB, please help me...

A:File folder is not showing in my pen drive, showing it is empty.


The problem could be because all the data that was present inside the pen drive now have become system files by the virus. This is the reason why they are not visible even with the option “Show Hidden files and folders”.
To remove the problem this is what you need to do.
1. Go to Folder Options -> View tab
2. Make sure that your Show Hidden files and folders option is enabled.
3. Uncheck the option that reads “Hide protected operating system files (recommended)”

Now when you see your pen drive, you will find that your data is present there but in hidden form. There are 2 ways to unhide the data, either right click and uncheck the Hidden box or type in the following command in the command prompt
attrib filename –h –r –s
where filename is the complete location of the file.

Let me know if it solved your problem.

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I downloaded a registry tweak file for WinXP. It is very good for my old PC with 256mb ram.

When I restarted my computer this text appeared on my desktop and the Recycle Bin was removed:

1. Where can I access my recycle Bin without the shortcut on my desktop?

2. How to remove the text on the picture above?

A:(Resolved) Text always showing on top of wallpaper + no Recycle bin


Originally Posted by Goneval

I downloaded a registry tweak file for WinXP. It is very good for my old PC with 256mb ram.

When I restarted my computer this text appeared on my desktop and the Recycle Bin was removed:

1. Where can I access my recycle Bin without the shortcut on my desktop?

2. How to remove the text on the picture above?

Which registry tweak did you download?


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My background wallpaper is totally blank out. And the files on dekstop is not showing up. Plss help me ill insert a video of it.

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