Solved How to find a location and program association for Downloads

April 24, 2015 at 11:56:31
Specs: Windows 7 64, amd quad core/8gb
Windows Explorer Downloads folder is blank with apparently no target location; it's just a blank shortcut leading nowhere. I've done a malware scan - negative. If there is a program or extension in DEFAULT FILE TYPES EXTENSIONS I haven't found it and am not sure what I'm looking for.
How do I restore a Windows 7 program so I can open and view Downloads?
Thank you!

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April 24, 2015 at 21:09:48
Try this: Download a file from a site. Write down the exact wording of the file before you download it. Once downloaded do a file search using that file name. When you find it likely that's where your other downloads will be.


#1
April 24, 2015 at 12:51:31
Depending on where you are going to look at the downloads folder then it might just be a shortcut to it. Best way is to follow this path which is where the true downloads folder resides:

"Computer" > C Drive > users > "your identity"
(if you main drive isn't C then substitute its actual letter)

Is it there as a normal downloads folder listed and is there anything showing inside it?

What malware finder programs did you use?

I guess System Restore might fix it if you know when it vanished but best check the above first in case there is a simpler way forward.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#2
April 24, 2015 at 13:15:24
"Windows Explorer Downloads folder is blank with apparently no target location"

What do you mean, "apparently"? Open Windows Explorer, right click on Downloads, click Properties, then click the Shortcut tab - is a Target listed or not? If not, set one up.

It should be: C:\Users\<your user name>\Downloads


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#3
April 24, 2015 at 13:17:50
Thanks! However, when I get to Links and attempt to open Downloads I simply get "Windows cannot find the target". I searched Explorer (Windows) and I didn't see anything but various downloads, no app. either. I have open "Default File Associations" and it's a long list. I haven't been able to determine what the appropriate extension would be if finding it and making an association would even be the way to resolve this.
SP3 was downloaded 4/15.

p.s. I did an sfc scan which didn't show any issues.
Malware scan by Malwarebytes.com, suggested by someone else this morning.

I appreciate your feedback so thanks again.
Michael

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#4
April 24, 2015 at 13:26:07
Thanks for your info. There is no target location and although I have searched Windows' "Default Type Associations" nothing showed up that seemed familiar to me, partly because I have no idea what the appropriate extension would be.

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#5
April 24, 2015 at 13:32:43
Associations has nothing to do with it. Are you doing as I ask?

- right click on the Start "orb"
- select "open windows explorer"
- on the left panel, right click on Downloads
- click Properties
- click the Shortcut tab


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#6
April 24, 2015 at 13:46:09
Riider have you read my other comments? I'd already completed what you suggested, actually numerous times. I do not know how to set up a "target list", where to find it, etc. If I was Windows proficient I'd be (politely and patiently) helping others. As it is I'm working beyond my earlier knowledge though I've learned a few things today, just not how to get beyond a shortcut for Downloads...

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#7
April 24, 2015 at 13:57:43
I've just noticed that in my #1 I had said documents everywhere when I meant downloads (oops). I have now edited it but it is the same path as given in #2. Please look again and tell me if you find a downloads folder there or some sort of downloads shortcut. I just want to be sure I've understood properly. Before delving further we need to know if the proper folder actually exists. If it doesn't that could be the reason for you troubles.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#8
April 24, 2015 at 13:58:48
There is no extension, there is no association..."Downloads" is a folder, not a file.

"I do not know how to set up a "target list", where to find it"

OK, did you look in C:\Users\<your user name> to see if the Downloads folder actually exists? Do you know how to look for it?

- click the Start orb
- click Computer
- double click C:
- double click Users
- double click on your username

Is there a Downloads folder there or not?


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#9
April 24, 2015 at 14:40:11
Perhaps an explanation is in order.

When you try to download something from your browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox or whatever) the target, to use your words, is a folder in Windows. It is not a program or an app, it is a location, which is why pursuing that line will not help and it is impossible to directly answer your question.

The very first step therefore is to check to see if the downloads folder even exist, otherwise that could be the reason your browser cannot find it. So you need to follow the paths given (in #1, #2 and #8) then let us know if the downloads folder is there. Whatever forum you go to this will be the first question asked as it is the right initial approach to solving your issue.

After that we can decide a way forward.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#10
April 24, 2015 at 14:55:43
Thanks for your patience Derek. No, there isn't a folder "Downloads" which Windows calls a "target". As well, that's why when I click on a blank (white) Downloads folder (Confusing but yes, the shortcut folder does appear.) I receive the no target line.

Also, when I click on that empty folder Windows tells me... "This file doesn't have a program associated with it for performing this action, Please install aprogram or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel." Although this issue is all over the internet I haven't as yet found a clear answer. Yes, perhaps a Restore is in order. I do not know when I "lost" the program as Windows calls it, since I don't attempt to open that file every day.

By the way, there's nothing related sitting in my Recycle folder either. Any further suggestions?

Again, thanks Derek.


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#11
April 24, 2015 at 15:21:23
"when I click on a blank (white) Downloads folder"
Where are you seeing this, in your browser?
Note that Windows has a knack of picking up the nearest verbiage that kinda fits.
It can be misleading or even meaningless in some situations.

If there isn't a Downloads folder in the location given in #1 then try creating one.

See if that now gets picked up when you download something.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#12
April 24, 2015 at 16:03:10
Agreed.

Here's a full explanation:

- click the Start orb
- click Computer
- double click C:
- double click Users
- double click on <your username> (I have no idea what it is)
- right click in a blank space in the <your username> folder
- select New > Folder (click on it)
- name the new folder "Downloads" (without the quotes & with a capital D)


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#13
April 24, 2015 at 21:09:48
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Try this: Download a file from a site. Write down the exact wording of the file before you download it. Once downloaded do a file search using that file name. When you find it likely that's where your other downloads will be.

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#14
April 24, 2015 at 21:27:51
Thanks, I'll try that Saturday. I appreciate everyone's help.

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#15
April 25, 2015 at 10:16:08
Voila!!! Thanks Dave as that was the simplest way to get around the "dead" Downloads shortcut. I also removed the old shortcut, created a new shortcut after locating the Downloads folder in Documents and I'm good to go!
What I don't understand is why the Downloads folder didn't show up within the My Documents folder UNTIL I downloaded something new. Perhaps Windows recreated the folder at that time...

Once again everyone: Thank you!
Michael


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#16
April 25, 2015 at 23:16:54
You're welcome. I'm kind of suprised it was already there or was created when you downloaded the file. I thought too it needed to be manually recreated and your other downloads had gone somewhere else. Thanks for posting back.

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