The folder can't be moved here

After upgrading from Windows 8 Pro to Windows 8.1 Pro, I decided to make use of the built-in SkyDrive features. I moved my Documents, Pictures, Music, etc. folders to the SkyDrive folder (using Properties -> Location -> Move on each folder). I soon realised that this wasn't really practical for me, so decided to put things back how they were (again using Properties -> Location -> Move on each folder).

This worked for all folders except Documents and Pictures. Both of these folders give me the following error:

      "The folder can't be moved here

      Can't move the folder because there is a folder in the same location that can't be redirected. Access is denied."

I have tried the following:

  • Emptied both the source and destination folders (also helping to prevent me losing anything while doing this)
  • Restarted the PC
  • Contacted phone support (They couldn't fix it and sent me here)

How do I correct this so that my Files can exist where they used to (i.e. D:\Users\*username*\Documents rather than D:\Users\*username*\SkyDrive\Documents)?


I chose a different route rather than deleting my profile and such to reset my folders.

If you go to the registry

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders]

You can manually change your special folders paths


From: %USERPROFILE%\SkyDrive\Pictures

To: %USERPROFILE%\Pictures

Reboot, move or copy your pics or songs from the skydrive to the default library or libraries.

Hope this helps

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Last updated June 26, 2021 Views 21,779 Applies to: