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June 9, 2011
12:17 am
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Ronald Olsen
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I moved my pictures to a new computer.  Windows XP to 7.  Now all of my folders are double and the only difference is that when you look at the path one goes to my documents before my pictures and the other goes directly to my pictures.  But when I download from my camera I still get 2 folders.  I tried to delete one folder and they are both gone.  Help!  drron

June 9, 2011
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Hi Ronald and welcome to the forum. I believe that what you are referring to in Windows 7 is the Library which holds Folders. Windows 7 creates 4 libraries by default which are called Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos. Within each of these Libraries are the folders. In the Pictures Library, you will find My Pictures and in that, are all the folders you have created. If you look at the top Library, you will see all the folders. I know it is confusing and I haven't figured out why Microsoft did it this way, but the folders you see in the Pictures Library are actually the same folders located in the My Pictures Folder. Libraries help to organize folders that may reside in other locations such as an external hard drive or even a different computer. Hope that helps a little.

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June 9, 2011
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Hi Ronald,

Yes, Libraries in Windows 7 are very useful once you understand them – and very confusing until you do.

I don't have a video on that … coming soon!

If deleting one, deletes them all, then there's really only one and David is right – your problem is just understanding Libraries.

If you actually have two copies of each picture on your computer, like:

My Documents/My Pictures/folder/picture

My Pictures/folder/picture

Then it may be a problem with the way they got restored from the old computer.  Because XP had My Pictures underneath My documents.  Windows & (and Vista) has My Documents and My Pictures both as top level folders – on an equal level.

There is a video on that in the Vista/Windows 7 series, #7 on Exploring folders

 Let us know if this helps.

June 9, 2011
3:01 pm
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when I look in the documents library there are 2 my pictures files one from 07 and one 3-11 when I switched computers.  How do I tell which one to delete?

June 9, 2011
3:05 pm
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Which of the folders in Picassa do I delete?  There are 2 of each and I assume there must be a setting that I have wrong since even the new pictures that I download set up 2 folders.

June 9, 2011
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Here's a way to test if there really is a duplicate to delete:

Without Picasa, just in 'My Computer' Windows Explorer

Find one of the pictures you think has been duplicated and rename it … something obvious “this picture is renamed.jpg” or something like that.

Now find the 'duplicate' folder – is there a picture named 'this picture is renamed.jpg' ??

If so, then there is only ONE picture.  And, the problem has to do with the users on your computer – not an easy thing to figure out.  If you can take a screenshot that you think shows the issue, I'd like to see it.

If you need help with the screenshot – see this article:

http://picasatutorials.com/201…..-question/

June 9, 2011
4:01 pm
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Ronald Olsen
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No I was referring to Picassa.

June 9, 2011
4:09 pm
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Well, Picasa is only seeing what it on your computer.  So, in doing the investigating, I prefer to take Picasa out of the equation.

If you'd prefer to stay in Picasa … same technique, rename one and see if the other changes it's name.

June 9, 2011
7:20 pm
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Chris  I renamed and they seem to be the same.  I went back into Picassa and found if I deleted the one with my documents in the address they both went away but if I deleted the one with only my pictures in the address than thee was still one there.  Some of them were duplicates that were labeled as recovered.  There are still duplicate pictures under My documents and My pictures.  I guess I ignore them.  Thanks for your help.  I will download some more from the camera and see what happens.  Any that I deleted that sent both to the recycle bin I just went there and restored them and there was only the one that came back.  thanks  drron

June 9, 2011
7:55 pm
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https://picasaweb.google.com/d…..5498041218   

Chris I sent it to the web.  This is the documents library with the duplicate folders still.  Ron

June 11, 2011
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Ok, that screenshot helps.  Three things catch my eye:

  1. At the top of the screen it shows that you are looking at 'Libraries > Documents'
    'Libraries' are virtual containers that can hold all sorts of things.  It would be better to be viewing 'Computer' or even 'OS(C:)'  that will show you the physical folders that exist on your computer.  You should also have a 'Libraries > Pictures' Library.
  2. Notice the link to Includes 2 locations – it's at the top of the folder list. If you click on that you will see the 2 locations that are being used to display the Documents Library to you.  If you see that one of them is not the real User/Documents folder – you can click on it and Remove. 
  3. Notice the little arrows on the folders for My Music and my Pictures.  This tells you that is not an actual folder, but a shortcut to a folder.  You would need to click on it to see where the destination is.

hmmmm … this view makes it clear that we are not talking about a Picasa-related problem but a file-management problem on your computer.  I suspect that it had something to do with the fact that you transferred from XP which had a different structure. Pictures were underneath Documents – whereas in Win7 Pictures is at the same level as Documents.

I haven't done this often enough to give you a quick clean-up fix, but I'll betcha some place like Best Buy – or whatever local 'computer guy' would be able to handle it pretty easily.

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