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Moving special folders, like My Documents


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Hello all,
I just got myself a new laptop, wiped vista off, loaded XP. almost everything is perfect, but I've got One very annoying problem.

On all the other systems I've ever worked on, I could change the location of special folders (say my documents, my pictures, my images, my videos) to other folders or even other partitions entirely.

This isnt working on my laptop. I've tried with tune-up utilities, as well as with the registry, the change simply won't stick. Please assist.

Thanks.
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Read through this KB Article
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If you go too internet options you can move folders such as my documents

Edited by Mr Freeze, 13 September 2007 - 11:14 AM.

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Try to open My Computer > tools folder options > view. Click Restore Defaults > Apply > OK
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Let me be more specific. I want to move the special folders to entirely different drives and Names.

To do this, there are 2 methods I'm aware of. the first, going in the registry and changing all of that by hand. The second, but ends up doing the same, is to use an application like TuneUp Utilities 2007, which I have, and try, and with either method, its like the changes get undone upon the next logon.

Is there anything that would cause the system to revert back its special folders like this? My desktop never exhibited this behaviour...
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OK, just to be sure, here is Gizmo Richard's tutorial: http://www.techsuppo...y_documents.htm
I have had no problem with my folder staying on my K:\ drive after following his instructions.
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This trick has worked for the my documents.
however, when I moved it to E:\Files
the other special folders, such as my pictures, my music, moved with.

I wanted to move these as well. so I deleted them out of E:\Files

now the 2 hot-folders are gone from my system, even tuneup utilities cant pick it up anymore. the only solution is to create a new my music and my pictures, and from there I cant move them anymore.

This is getting me nowhere, I need another solution than microsoft's way of doing things. This laptop isnt acting normally and I want to know why. Thanks.
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Perhaps you have somehow affected the current user account. I would try migrating to a newly created account with Admin rights and starting fresh. KB article explains: http://support.micro...om/?kbid=811151
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I'm sorry, this isnt working either. The new account exhibits the Exact same behaviour as my other account. I cant move anything with tuneUp utilities, and doing it manually leads to the same results.
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Phooey! If you "Restore Defaults," does everything come back home?
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in tune-up you mean?

edit: there Is no restore defaults in tune-up.

you'll have to be more specific

Edited by Vaillant, 15 September 2007 - 09:15 PM.

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No. Like skeptic's post- #4.
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Nah, that doesnt do it, it only resets the view options like hidden files and such. Doesn't affect the special folders at all.
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Getting a little confused. What is the current situation. Where are the "hot" folders? Do they all exist?
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hmm ok sorry for the confusion
i use the terms "hot folder" and "special folder" interchangably, bad habit. I mean the folders like My Documents, My Pictures, My Music, etc

these folders are entities within the operating system that I had believed to be hardcoded impossible to delete off XP. in my account, I have deleted both the my pics and my music.

All I want to do , is move the special folders! my documents to become E:\Files, my pictures to be E:\Pics, and my music to be E:\Music

but I cannot, for the life of me, accomplish this task. I've never encountered so much trouble doing this before. It all went seemlessly.
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