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Nov 8, 2019 - 10:54:16 AM
1318 posts since 2/10/2013

When downloading a file today, I saw that my "Downloads" directory was missing.
Just above the where the "C" directory is listed, the text "SA" and downward pointing blue arrow is displayed. The properties option identifies this as a "system folder". A blue arrow does not look like a folder icon.

When the arrow is selected, the names of downloaded files and info for the files are displayed. I did some research, and it looks the system directory actually contains the files. Here are my questions -

1. Are the files physically in this SA System Directory ?
2. When downloading, will files be emailed to this file, and the user move them to the desired location ? That would mean I would be able to keep this "directory" empty after I had moved a file in the "SA Directory" to one of my directories.

And out of curiosity, what necessitated this change, and what are its benefits ? I checked around and there were a series of postings about this situation, but the website "froze" the discussion for some reason.

Thanks for any info. So far I haven't had much luck looking for information. The disappearance of the "Download" directory was disturbing.

Nov 8, 2019 - 11:05:21 AM

2648 posts since 7/28/2015

I'm pretty sure that the Downloads folder is a user file so it should be in c:\Users\Dick\Downloads or somewhere similar. It certainly doesn't seem right that downloaded files would end up in a system directory. Are you using OneDrive?

Nov 8, 2019 - 2:03:48 PM

877 posts since 11/17/2018

Is this what you're seeing labled as "SA"?


Nov 8, 2019 - 2:07:09 PM

877 posts since 11/17/2018

Try this -

Press the Windows key and the letter R together.

This will open the Run box.

Copy and paste the following into the Run box


Click OK

This should open your Downloads folder.

Nov 9, 2019 - 7:15:15 AM

1318 posts since 2/10/2013

Oldnavyguy - Nope. The "SA" is appearing just above the "C" drive. Just below "Pictures" in the desktop directory. Previously, the download directory existed as a separate subdirectory directly under "Desktop".

Nov 9, 2019 - 12:03:34 PM

877 posts since 11/17/2018

What happens when you run the command I posted above?

Nov 15, 2019 - 7:30:23 AM

1318 posts since 2/10/2013

I am starting to think a "software update" modified my system. I might contact the "geek squad" and see if they have any info.

Nov 15, 2019 - 8:37:12 AM

2257 posts since 4/29/2012

 Richard Hauser

I'm not sure how you switched the Downloads folder from the default of  %userprofile%/Downloads. But if you right click on the folder and go to "properties" and the the "location" tab you can switch it back to where it should be.

Nov 15, 2019 - 5:28:26 PM

1318 posts since 2/10/2013

What bothers me most was the fact that my system was changed, and no information was provided beforehand. When I bought my first PC, they provided 3 good sized manuals. Nowadays you are given a small folder with that identifies the components and how to run the computer on.

I didn't change anything. Whenever I downloaded something, I looked in my "download" directory. Now it is a subdirectory. I subscribe to the "geek squad" and I will ask them to answer some of my questions.

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