How to Restore the My Pictures Folder in Windows XP

By default, Windows XP includes several folders such as My Documents and My Pictures to help you keep your files organized. When you save an image file, Windows XP suggests the My Pictures folder by default. One problem with this setup, however, is the fact that you can accidentally delete the folder while cleaning out your computer. If you have accidentally removed the My Pictures folder from your computer, you can restore it using a free tool from Microsoft.

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Re-create the Windows XP My Pictures folder.

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Browse to the download page for Microsoft Fix It tool #50356 using the link in the "Resources" section of this article using Internet Explorer. Click the blue "Fix This Problem" link and save the resulting file to the desktop.

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Double-click the file "MicrosoftFixit50356.msi" on the desktop. If a security warning appears, click "Run."

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Examine the license terms for the Microsoft Fix It tool. If you agree to the terms, place a check in the box labeled "I Agree" and then click "Next."

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Click the "Close" button when the tool finishes working, and then click "Yes" to restart your computer.

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Click the "Start" button after the computer finishes rebooting, and then click "My Computer." Double-click the "My Documents" folder in the window that appears. For example, if you use your computer with the user name "Administrator," double-click "Administrator's Documents."

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Right-click in an open area of the folder, click "New" and choose "Folder." Name the new folder "My Pictures" and press "Enter." Close the Windows Explorer window and restart the computer again.

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Click the "Start" button. The My Pictures folder should now be displayed.