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To restore "Documents" folder as the default one after re-installing Vista

If you had to re-install Vista, you’ll notice that Vista creates a “Documents” folder by default on (usually) c: drive.  If your “Documents” folder has been previously moved to a different drive, all you have to do is:

  1. Click on the “Start” button
  2. Navigate to your clickable profile name (top right just under the little picture)
  3. When your profile folder opens, right-click on the "Documents" folder
  4. Click on “Properties”
  5. Click on Location” tab (4th one at the top)
  6. Click “Move”
  7. Click on “Computer” (on the left)
  8. Navigate to the drive and the folder where your documents were stored for safety in your previous installation of Vista and single-click on it
  9. Click “Select folder” (bottom right)
  10. Click “ Apply” and you’ll see the dialogue box that asks “Do you want to move all the files from the old location to the new location?” Click “No”.

*** Make absolutely sure that you click “No” or Vista will overwrite your entire folder and all your documents with the new “Documents” it created on your C: drive, which is empty.  When you click “No”, Vista simply change the default location of “Documents” to your previously saved “Documents” folder without overwriting your treasured files.


* If you have saved your "Contacts" folder, "Favorites" folder, "Music" folder, "Pictures" folder and "Saved Games" folder in another partition or drive, you can now restore them as well in exactly the same way.


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How to Restore Documents as Default after Vista Reinstallation