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change default location of shell folders


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Hello All,

What I want to accomplish is that for each new account the following folders are created instantly:

Desktop: %SystemDrive%\personal\%UserName%\Desktop

Favorites: %SystemDrive%\personal\%UserName%\Favorites

My Documents: %SystemDrive%\personal\%UserName%\Documents

(example: C:\Personal\<user>\Documents)

All the other user shell folders would remain in %UserProfile%\*

(example: C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local Settings\Temp)

So, basically, I still want settings in the "\Documents and Settings\<user>\*" structure,

but certain folders in a different location.

I have tried to change some values in the following key:

[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders]

but so far it doesn't seem to work like I intend.

How would I be able to accomplish this?

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Thank you for this script, GreenMachine,

Since this script runs at the end of the installation, I would assume that I can test this on my current test machine.

The script runs fine, and I observe the changes in the registry.

I assume that HKU\DU is the same as [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT in regedit.

I also used reg query to check.

But when I create a new account to check the result, the changes don't seem to retain.

I understand that you use similar scripts in your setup, so, would this only work after a fresh installation from a install CD that includes this script?

I appreciate your help, GreenMachine, thank you!

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