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rmrkm3

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I tried installing a program the other day and I got an error message saying: Error 1606. Could not access network location %USERPROFILE%\Recent\. When I checked my Recent Documents in my Start Menu, it was empty and no matter how many documents I opened, it remained empty. I'm pretty sure it happened when I cleared my document history and a Microsoft Antispyware alert popped up asking me to block or accept. I accepted and another alert appeared, then another and another until I finally blocked it. Now it won't register anything in my document history. Does anybody know where I should start looking to fix this? I really appreciate any help on this. Thanks!
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Foloow these steps:
Right-Click My Computer, click on Properties.
In the System Properties Window, click on Advanced Tab.
Now click on Environment Variables Button.
Look for USERPROFILE, tell me the value.

Start->Run.
Type cmd. Press Enter. Tell me the path it opens with.

Edited by darth_ash, 12 August 2005 - 12:53 AM.

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Wow thanks for the fast and prompt reply.

Environment Variables

User Variables
SMS_LOCAL_DIR_USER - C:\WINDOWS
Temp - C:\Documents and Settings\rmontilla1\Local Settings\Temp
TMP - C:\Documents and Settings\rmontilla1\Local Settings\Temp

When I ran the cmd it opened in C:\Documents and Settings\rmontilla1

Hope this is what you need.
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I asked for the value of USERPROFILE environment variable.
If its not there I'll help U to create it.

Edited by darth_ash, 12 August 2005 - 01:06 AM.

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I couldn't find a variable specifically called USERPROFILE so I listed all the user variables there were... Is there any other place I could look?
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I guess we will have to create it then.
Follow these steps:
Open Environment Variables Window as it old u before.
Under User Variables, click the New Button.
(Very Imp: Make sure click the New button which is on top and not the bottom one, the bottom one is for system variables).
In the newly opened New User Variable dialog, type USERPROFILE as
the variable name and its value is, C:\Documents and Settings\rmontilla1.

Now try installing ur software again.
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Hmmm I think I see what you were trying to do. Anyways I created a new user variable called USERPROFILE as suggested and it still wouldn't install. Despite that I checked to see if it started registering any recent documents I opened, but still no.

I dunno if this piece of info helps, but this laptop was given to me by my college as part of their college networking program and all.
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Is the software ur trying to install custom-made for ur college?
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Nope, its Alcohol 120. I just figured the fact that I'm using a college laptop might affect how it was set up and thus would explain the absence of the USERPROFILE variable.
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I found this link from Alcohol's Support Forums regarding the error, refer it and follow the steps in it:
http://forum.alcohol...t=0.

I also advice to delete the USERPROFILE variable we created.

Edited by darth_ash, 12 August 2005 - 01:36 AM.

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Hey first of all just wanted to thank you again for your help.

Anyways I checked out the forum and started tinkering around with the registry. For Step 1, it turns out I was missing Common Administrative Tools in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders so I made a new one. As for the Common Administrative Tools in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders, everything checked out so I restarted my comp but still nothing would register in my recent document history...
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Refer this link, download and run the script there:
http://www.dougknox....sc/docshist.htm


Note: Ur antivirus may give a warning about the script, ignore it, and let the script run.
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I disabled then enabled the document history, restarted then checked the history but still nothing. I ran the script again for good measure then restarted but it still didn't work. I really hope this little problem doesn't end up taking too much of your time darth_ash =).
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I had this same problem and it really bugged me. Tried all the suggestions here but no luck.

In the end I just ran regedit again and right click deleted 'Recent' found at:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER --> Software --> Microsoft --> Windows --> Current Version --> Explorer --> User Shell Folders

Didn't even need to restart. Just started the install for Alcohol 120% straight away and it ran without the error.

Hope it works for you as well.
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