My Pictures, My Music, My Videos–Where did they go?

click-pictures.pngMy Pictures, My Music, My Videos are still there. Microsoft realized that prefacing everything with “My” was annoying, so they removed the prefix.

They also moved the folders to a different place. Instead of being with My Documents (er, just Documents now), they’ve been promoted up one level, to the same level as Documents. Well, all you need to know is that they’re directly on your Start menu.  Just click Start, and then click the folder in the upper-right corner of your Start menu. Except for Videos. For Videos, you’ll need to click Start, click your username, and then double-click Videos in the Explorer window that opens.
If you want to know the physical folder locations, follow the jump…

With Vista, Microsoft did their best to shorten folder paths. Instead of storing user profile files under C:Documents and Settingsusername, they’re now in C:Usersusername. Your familiar folders are now stored at:

  • My Documents = C:UsersusernameDocuments
  • My Pictures = C:UsersusernamePictures
  • My Music = C:UsersusernameMusic
  • My Videos = C:UsersusernameVideos

17 Responses to “My Pictures, My Music, My Videos–Where did they go?”

  1. jenni says:

    well, that’s all fine and good, pictures is still there… and renamed as pictures rather than my pictures… but where is music. the folder has disappeared entirely, and there is a shortcut to “my music” in documents, which tells me I don’t have administrator rights to open the folder. (I am the only user on my laptop, and certainly have all admin rights – additionally have tried starting in safe mode and logging into admin user to change this, to no avail…) What’s going on?

  2. Gareth says:

    I want to change the path of my files from C:\Users\Gareth to D:\Users\Gareth like you could with My Documents in XP. Any Ideas?

  3. James says:

    Gareth, you can do that to the folders by right-clicking them and going to properties, there will be a tab called location. make your changes there. windows vista will prompt you that you will get 2 copys of the folder if you change the location to another drive, like from C to D. just as a heads up.

  4. Gabi says:

    I LOVE U!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    U hav tha greatest pics

    ps. Ilove your puppy Sandi!!!!!!!
    and your cat

  5. Anonymous says:

    cannot locate pics downloaded on dcim

  6. Frozy says:

    My problem is i can t find my music folder in my documents. Accedently i might change my musif folder name as well any tips for me please?? I use Vista ultimate

  7. Katrina says:

    Please please help… this has happened to me twice.. I make a folder on my desktop and call it My Pictures, this makes it easy to edit them after downloading from camera. Vista screensaver comes on and when I come back the entire folder it missing.. I cannot find my pictures anymore. I have tried search and manually hunting for them.. they are gone.. and worse it does this to other folder I create on desktop too.. Where is vista putting my folders and all my family pictures? doe sit delete them? please help..

    Thank you in advance ..

  8. Pamela Rose says:

    how do i get my pictures onto e-mail to send to someone?

  9. Anonymous says:

    can enybody help me am new to this vista but am puttin all my pictures and music on from my old computre there stayin on der until i shut dwn my computrer etc n they just disaper can enybody help me on how to keep then on coz its really buggin me now fanks

  10. Mark Douglas says:

    Whoever designed Vista should be shot. I could handle XP very well – I could find anything , find my music, gather recent files, send faxes.

    Then some lunatics got hold of Windows and decided to make it very difficult to find my music files. Or find much of anything.

    I used to be able to just search for all music files. Loved it I could search for all word documents, all text documents, all documents the last month, or last whatever.

    Now — there is probably a way – - but you have cleverly hid it. It takes me a long time to find recent files and find anything.

    I would revert to XP in a minute if I could figure out how. Vista is really terrible. You all should be ashamed of yourselves. I regret the day I ever bought Vista. I hope Windows 7 is better — I just bought a lap top for my son in law.

    How can newer versions be so much less usable than old versions? Do you folks not research this at all? Do you even consider how people use their computer to find stuff?

  11. Connie says:

    I have a ikon on my desktop (my pictures). Some of the folders are missing pictures and some of the folders are missing. How can I get them back? They are not in my recycle bin. I can go into start, Windows Photo Gallery) and they are there. I have all this stuff like rating, dates, tags that I don’t give a hoot about. Things have changed in there too. I have to click on all sorts of things before all my pictures come up. I can not upload them on facebook because they show title, but no pictures in there. I might need to tell you I lost some desktop ikons, but got them back, then I lost my favorites list, now this. Please can you help me? I have Windows Vista.

  12. Bill says:

    I am so done with PC’s. I’m so sick of Vista updating and everything getting fouled up. Bill Gates is a criminal.

  13. Idem says:

    LOL if u dont like bill’s products ie windows etc then why are you using it, you have a free choice dont like it dont use it, if you dont like whats out there then make one you like.

  14. caroline says:

    Hello.I can’t find my music folder on my iphone.I need help.