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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

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

HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-********-**********-*********-1000\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders Desktop

HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-********-**********-*********-1000\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 25% correct and it shouldn't even be allowed to exist)

    The first two are correct, but the second two are only applicable to your system.  You just gave the whole world your Windows logon SID (security identifier) with that post.  I strongly recommend that you edit that out.

    In addition, the registry hives for all the currently logged in users are loaded into HKEY_USERS.  But at session level, the HKEY_USERS subkey with your SID is mirrored over to HKEY_CURRENT_USER.  Thus, if you change the values in HKEY_CURRENT_USER, they will also change in the relevant location in HKEY_USERS, since the two locations are symbolically linked together.
    So the last two registry edits in your post aren't even needed since the values will already be correct after setting them in HKEY_CURRENT_USER.  The problem with the original guide is that they told Explorer (via User Shell Folders) that the desktop was stored in your custom location, while telling programs (via Shell Folders) that the desktop is located in the conventional location by failing to change its value also. wink.gif
 
Edited by Techie007 - 3/13/14 at 9:30pm
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    The first two are correct, but the second two are only applicable to your system.  You just gave the whole world your Windows logon SID (security identifier) with that post.  I strongly recommend that you edit that out.  The registry hives for all the currently logged in users are loaded into "HKEY_USERS".  At session level, the key with your SID is mirrored over to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER".  If you change the values in HKCU, they will change in the relevant location in HKU as well.

    So the guide was really 50% correct.  The problem is they told Explorer (User Shell Folders) that the desktop was stored in your custom location, while telling programs (Shell Folders) that the desktop is located in the conventional location. wink.gif

 

Oh wow. Thank you. Here's the new version:

 

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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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