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Moving special folders, like My Documents


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But they do exist in the new account?
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yes, thats not the problem... I'm back to square one, I cant move them.
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Hate to be so simple minded, but you have rebooted lately?
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That should be simple to do a and if not, and if it's a new computer, I would go to square one: reformat and reinstall. You should be able to copy the special folders, paste them anywhere, on any disk, and create shortcuts to desktop. In your applications you should specify a new locations to save the new data.

I am sure you know that that's why I am not sure I fully understand the problem. Why do you need to change the registry and use other tools for such a basic operation? If this doesn''t work then reformat and reinstall.
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You are quite correct, Skeptic, you do Not understand my predicament.

My folders are in their appropriate location, everything is fine, I simply wish to modify the link the operating system makes to the special folders, so that instead of going to C:\documents and settings\username\my pictures, it would go to my desired folder, E:\pics

I dont want mere shortcuts, because everything windows-based obeys those special folder entities, and I dont like browsing Every time i have to store a file somewhere. I did this with no problem whatsoever on my desktop, and I cannot on the laptop. There Must be a reason for this, that is why I come here. I only come to you with problems I cannot solve myself, and believe me, I am very experienced with Windows-based computers, heck I work for the canadian federal government in tech support.

So please, dont tell me I need to reformat, that is the LAST ditch resort, and if you're a power user like me, you will appreciate the amount of time involved to get windows into valid working order, with everything setup so you can work.
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Perhaps the issue is that you are both trying to move and rename them. What if first you simply move "My Documents" to the desired location but leave the Path Name as "My Documents?" After all, Windows thinks that these are its own folders, and may be resisting the rename more than the move.
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Could you tell us how you did this on your desktop? Maybe from this I will understand. I honestly do not understand the problem and I suspect that not too many readers of this thread do understand. Why do you have to browse Every time you want to store a file? In every application you can set the route in which a file will be saved and it can be almost anywhere, in any drive or partition.

I am sure you know very well what you are doing. I am on this forum to learn as much as to help and I ask these questions out of personal interest.
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Okay, appologies... I got a bit short tempered there.

You boys are right, most applications Can be set to use some routes. But the operating system itself, and certains apps, cannot be told to change those paths so easily : they will go to the location of the My Documents, or My pictures, My music

which are all located in the C:\documents and settings\username\my docs.

Basically, I want to tell the operating system "no, dont use those folders, use these. everytime you point to "my pictures", I want you to go to E:\Pics (etc)

To do this, there are two methods I'm aware of. First, you can change them within the registry. Second, you can use an application like TuneUp Utilities... And TuneUp does the change to the registry anyway, its just easyer and quicker.

So, to do this on the desktop, I use TuneUp utilities, but this method is proving unsuccessfull on the laptop.

From what I can tell, the laptop's XP isnt accepting the change in the registry and keeps reverting upon reboot or logoff-logon.

I Have managed to move the my documents to the desired location, but I cant move the my music or my pictures out of there.

My question #1 is, is there something in the group policies, or anything like that, that can prevent the registry form accepting said changes?

and my question #2 is, is there another method,because I have managed to move the my documents with the "right click" method... Is there a method other than the registry or an app, because there is not right-click solution for those other 2 folders, my pictures and my music.

If you know of another application that can do this, I'd be willing to try that too... I'm really out of options and ideas, I'll take anything at this point, but reformatting isnt something I want to consider, I put Alot of time getting the OS and apps where I wanted them.

Thanks.

Edited by Vaillant, 16 September 2007 - 11:31 AM.

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Erm, okay I feel a bit dumb right now... Well I fixed the problem!

turns out I was assuming something I shouldnt have... See I know TuneUp does its changes with the registry, so I assumed doing those changes manually wouldnt change anything, but hey I was wrong! With the proper registry tweak, my goal has been achieved. Why TuneUp was unable to is beyond my knowledge, but if any of you would like me to post the code, I'd be happy to.

Thanks for all your patience and understanding :whistling:
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Hi:

It is always worth while to those who follow a thread to know the exact solution to the problem. If you don't mind, please post the steps you took for your laptop that solved the problem.

Thanks.

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Okay, here goes

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders]
"AppData"=hex(2):25,00,55,00,53,00,45,00,52,00,50,00,52,00,4f,00,46,00,49,00,\
  4c,00,45,00,25,00,5c,00,41,00,70,00,70,00,6c,00,69,00,63,00,61,00,74,00,69,\
  00,6f,00,6e,00,20,00,44,00,61,00,74,00,61,00,00,00
"Desktop"=hex(2):25,00,55,00,53,00,45,00,52,00,50,00,52,00,4f,00,46,00,49,00,\
  4c,00,45,00,25,00,5c,00,44,00,65,00,73,00,6b,00,74,00,6f,00,70,00,00,00
"Favorites"=hex(2):25,00,55,00,53,00,45,00,52,00,50,00,52,00,4f,00,46,00,49,00,\
  4c,00,45,00,25,00,5c,00,46,00,61,00,76,00,6f,00,72,00,69,00,74,00,65,00,73,\
  00,00,00
"NetHood"=hex(2):25,00,55,00,53,00,45,00,52,00,50,00,52,00,4f,00,46,00,49,00,\
  4c,00,45,00,25,00,5c,00,4e,00,65,00,74,00,48,00,6f,00,6f,00,64,00,00,00

"PrintHood"=hex(2):25,00,55,00,53,00,45,00,52,00,50,00,52,00,4f,00,46,00,49,00,\
  4c,00,45,00,25,00,5c,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,6e,00,74,00,48,00,6f,00,6f,00,64,\
  00,00,00

"Recent"=hex(2):25,00,55,00,53,00,45,00,52,00,50,00,52,00,4f,00,46,00,49,00,4c,\
  00,45,00,25,00,5c,00,52,00,65,00,63,00,65,00,6e,00,74,00,00,00
"SendTo"=hex(2):25,00,55,00,53,00,45,00,52,00,50,00,52,00,4f,00,46,00,49,00,4c,\
  00,45,00,25,00,5c,00,53,00,65,00,6e,00,64,00,54,00,6f,00,00,00
"Start Menu"="C:\\Documents and Settings\\Joe\\Start Menu"
"Startup"=hex(2):25,00,55,00,53,00,45,00,52,00,50,00,52,00,4f,00,46,00,49,00,\
  4c,00,45,00,25,00,5c,00,53,00,74,00,61,00,72,00,74,00,20,00,4d,00,65,00,6e,\
  00,75,00,5c,00,50,00,72,00,6f,00,67,00,72,00,61,00,6d,00,73,00,5c,00,53,00,\
  74,00,61,00,72,00,74,00,75,00,70,00,00,00
"Templates"=hex(2):25,00,55,00,53,00,45,00,52,00,50,00,52,00,4f,00,46,00,49,00,\
  4c,00,45,00,25,00,5c,00,54,00,65,00,6d,00,70,00,6c,00,61,00,74,00,65,00,73,\
  00,00,00
"Local Settings"=hex(2):25,00,55,00,53,00,45,00,52,00,50,00,52,00,4f,00,46,00,\
  49,00,4c,00,45,00,25,00,5c,00,4c,00,6f,00,63,00,61,00,6c,00,20,00,53,00,65,\
  00,74,00,74,00,69,00,6e,00,67,00,73,00,00,00
"Local AppData"=hex(2):25,00,55,00,53,00,45,00,52,00,50,00,52,00,4f,00,46,00,\
  49,00,4c,00,45,00,25,00,5c,00,4c,00,6f,00,63,00,61,00,6c,00,20,00,53,00,65,\
  00,74,00,74,00,69,00,6e,00,67,00,73,00,5c,00,41,00,70,00,70,00,6c,00,69,00,\
  63,00,61,00,74,00,69,00,6f,00,6e,00,20,00,44,00,61,00,74,00,61,00,00,00
"Cache"=hex(2):25,00,55,00,53,00,45,00,52,00,50,00,52,00,4f,00,46,00,49,00,4c,\
  00,45,00,25,00,5c,00,4c,00,6f,00,63,00,61,00,6c,00,20,00,53,00,65,00,74,00,\
  74,00,69,00,6e,00,67,00,73,00,5c,00,54,00,65,00,6d,00,70,00,6f,00,72,00,61,\
  00,72,00,79,00,20,00,49,00,6e,00,74,00,65,00,72,00,6e,00,65,00,74,00,20,00,\
  46,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,73,00,00,00
"Cookies"=hex(2):25,00,55,00,53,00,45,00,52,00,50,00,52,00,4f,00,46,00,49,00,\
  4c,00,45,00,25,00,5c,00,43,00,6f,00,6f,00,6b,00,69,00,65,00,73,00,00,00
"History"=hex(2):25,00,55,00,53,00,45,00,52,00,50,00,52,00,4f,00,46,00,49,00,\
  4c,00,45,00,25,00,5c,00,4c,00,6f,00,63,00,61,00,6c,00,20,00,53,00,65,00,74,\
  00,74,00,69,00,6e,00,67,00,73,00,5c,00,48,00,69,00,73,00,74,00,6f,00,72,00,\
  79,00,00,00

[i]"Personal"=hex(2):45,00,3a,00,5c,00,46,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,73,00,00,00
"Programs"="C:\\Documents and Settings\\All Users\\Start Menu\\Programs"
"My Music"="E:\\Music"
"My Pictures"="E:\\Pics"[/i]


The part I put in italics is the part that is important. Personal is for the My Documents (its in hex here, but plain text should work too), Programs manipulates where apps put their start menu entry, my music and my pictures is self-explanatory.
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Thank you. That should be helpful for those who may need a solution to a similar problem. Thank you for using GTG.

Ron
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