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Hi guys! I recently upgraded my system with a new SSD 840 evo (250GB), and made a fresh windows install. I want to keep my SSD organized with no bulk files on it, only windows, programs, and favorite games. So I relocated all my user folders and libraries to the HDD. I also wanted to move the desktop folder to the HDD, so that I can be free to throw anything on the desktop. But I encountered some problems:
First, there wasnt a "Location" Tab in the folder Properties, to be able to move it simply like I did with other folders like My Pictures. Searching the net I found a way to alter the folders location through the registry: http://adamclark.wordpress.com/2009/09/14/setting-my-desktop-location-with-windows-7/ I did this, and everything is working fine when I move files from/to the desktop. Nothing touches the SSD. Only in the occasion when I install a program and tick the box to make a desktop shortcut, it then instantly creates a folder (C:/Users/****/Desktop) on the SSD with the shortcut inside, which doesnt appear in my desktop. So, the problem is that my Actual Desktop is linked to a folder in the HDD, but when a program wants to install a desktop shortcut it creates an unlinked folder on the SSD. Any ideas how to fix this? thanks
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In the Registry, you need to change these subkeys:

 

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders Desktop

 

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders Desktop

 

Change the value data of these sub keys to match the folder location on your hard drive, and you'll be good to go.

 

(so yeah, that guide is only 50% correct and it shouldn't even be allowed to exist)


Edited by TwoCables - 3/13/14 at 10:01pm
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Thank you I think it worked !
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Thank you I think it worked !

 

You're welcome! All I'd like to do now is figure out why the heck the Desktop folder didn't have a Location tab. lol Mine did, so I don't know why yours didn't (or why anyone's wouldn't, for that matter). That's just weird.

 

When you were in the Registry, was the value set to C:\Users\You\Desktop?

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Yes this was the default location: C:/Users/Me/Desktop

Now I installed skype. the desktop shortcut appeared on the desktop, but not in the desktop folder on my HDD. instead its located in C:/Users/Public/Public Desktop.
It doesnt really matter, as it appeared on my actuall desktop, but since im a geek I would like everything perfect. Maybe some more registry keys for the public desktop??

What I dont really get is why should there be a public desktop? Im a single user on this computer .
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Yes this was the default location: C:/Users/Me/Desktop

Now I installed skype. the desktop shortcut appeared on the desktop, but not in the desktop folder on my HDD. instead its located in C:/Users/Public/Public Desktop.
It doesnt really matter, as it appeared on my actuall desktop, but since im a geek I would like everything perfect. Maybe some more registry keys for the public desktop??

What I dont really get is why should there be a public desktop? Im a single user on this computer .

 

lol Yeah, Skype is lame like that. Everything else should go to your custom Desktop whenever you tell it to though.

 

The public stuff is the default setup so that Windows is more universally compatible. I haven't looked into whether it's possible or safe to get rid of all of the Public stuff. I'd say No since some programs will still use those folders by default.


Edited by TwoCables - 3/12/14 at 3:43pm
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The public stuff is the default setup so that Windows is more universally compatible. I haven't looked into whether it's possible or safe to get rid of all of the Public stuff. I'd say No since some programs will still use those folders by default.

"universally compatible" but compatible with what may I ask?? certainly not software or hardware.

As far as I know the C:\Users\Public folder is used to store common files that are accessible to ANYONE who logs on to the computer or has a local account on the PC. Basically the idea here is allow users to share with each other documents; photos; music etc.... on one single PC. (e.g. Little Joey saves his music in the "C:\Users\Public\Music" folder, big sister can listen to those same music files as long as they are stored in the said folder).

The same thing with the Desktop. The C:\Users\Public\Desktop is the Win7 equivalent of "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop" folder in The WinXP days. Whenever you see public in this context, you should think of "All Users" folder as I've explained.
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Now I installed skype. the desktop shortcut appeared on the desktop, but not in the desktop folder on my HDD. instead its located in C:/Users/Public/Public Desktop.
It doesnt really matter, as it appeared on my actuall desktop, but since im a geek I would like everything perfect. Maybe some more registry keys for the public desktop??

What I dont really get is why should there be a public desktop? Im a single user on this computer .

See my explanation above.
Edited by DaChosenOne - 3/12/14 at 5:43pm
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"universally compatible" but compatible with what may I ask?? certainly not software or hardware.

As far as I know the C:\Users\Public folder is used to store common files that are accessible to ANYONE who logs on to the computer or has a local account on the PC. Basically the idea here is that when Little Joey saves his music in the "C:\Users\Public\Music" folder, anyone in the house who has logon privileges can access those same music files in the said folder.

 

Exactly. Universally compatible. Microsoft has tried to set up the defaults of Windows to be as compatible with as many different kinds of users as possible. The more universally compatible it is, the more accessible it is to everyone and the less customizing the average user has to do, like a soccer mom.

 

Universally compatible, with as many different kinds of users as possible.

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I usually just cut/paste to the new location, quick and easy. Works for all the user folders (Documents, Music, Pictures, Search, Contacts etc).

 

Had you already moved the desktop folder? On my system, and this happens every time, I end up with two folders, one in the new location that everything actually gets saved to, and a second in the default location that's usually empty.

Note the folder in the default location doesn't have the location tab

 

 

 

Programs that install shortcuts for everyone usually puts them in the public folder. Anything in the public folders show in the library view for whatever user is logged in.

 
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Yeah, those aren't deleted when you don't tell Windows to move them but instead just change the location. When you say Yes to moving everything, it actually moves the entire folder, leaving nothing behind - not even a folder. So, why do it manually when Windows will do it for you? I mean, if these folders are full of files and folders, then just allow Windows to move everything for you to the new location. Why do work that you don't have to do?

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