How to fix “the folder can’t be moved”

1fix moved folder

Cant’t move the folder because is a folder in the same location that can’t be redirected. Access is denied.

The error “The Folder Can’t Be Moved” often appears when you try to move a folder from one location to another on your computer, but the system doesn’t allow this action. The error message may be accompanied by details such as access being denied. The following guidelines will be helpful for you.

Several users have found this solution helpful. The process is straightforward: first, unlink OneDrive from your PC, then delete the folders via the OneDrive website. After that, re-link OneDrive to your PC. You can then move the folders to your desired locations.

Use Registry Editor fix “the folder can’t be moved”

If the first fix doesn’t resolve the issue, you can try modifying the User Shell Folders registry key.

Step 1: Open Registry Editor.

  • Windows + Rto open theRundialog box.
  • Typeregeditand hitEnter.


  • Start Menu > Registry Editor
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Step 2: Click Yes if the UAC window pops up.

Step 3: In the Registry Editor window, navigate to the following path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
Registry Editor

Step 4:Locate thepersonalfolder displaying the error on the right panel and double-click it.

Step 5: Modify the Value data. Replace the current value data with the corresponding Default Value.

  • Desktop –%USERPROFILE%\Desktop
  • Favorites –%USERPROFILE%\Favorites
  • Music –%USERPROFILE%\Music
  • Pictures –%USERPROFILE%\Pictures
  • Videos –%USERPROFILE%\Videos
  • Documents –%USERPROFILE%\Documents
  • Downloads –%USERPROFILE%\Downloads
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The corresponding registry key for the Downloads folder is {374DE290-123F-4565-9164-39C4925E467B}.

Step 6: Click OK after replacing the value data.

Step 7: Restart your PC and then try moving the folder.