Permanently changing %homepath%

Hewlett-packard / M7640n
June 3, 2009 at 21:02:52
Specs: Windows XP Media Centre 2005
I had to reinstall windows XP from an HP Recovery Disk recently. This went smoothly. There was a lot of work involved in getting many of my hundreds of programs running again mainly due to ActiveX files and registry keys missing. I was part way through when I realized that i now have two %homepath% folders - the original one named HP_Administrator and a new one named HP_Administrator.David. At some point during the windows setup I must have enterred some wrong information. This is causing some problems for many of my programs due to the application data being stored in two places. I have tried to find out how to permanently change the homepath environment without success. I want to use my original homepath, but everytime I have to reinstall some applications to get them to work again the application gets stored in the new homepath. Can anyone suggest how I may restore my original location as homepath permanently and then tell me how to port over the data in the new homepath? Thank you.

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#1
June 4, 2009 at 06:09:18
... go to start run (type) regedit [press ENTER]

... follow this path +HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion (<click this)

... In the right panel, what does it show in "ProgramFilesDir" ...?

... and "ProgramFilesPath" ...?

... you can right click modify ...(...@ your own risk)

... let us know!

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"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
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#2
June 4, 2009 at 09:05:00
Thanks for reply. ProgramFilesDir = C:\ProgramFiles, ProgramFilesPath=%ProgramFiles%. I did do a search for "C:\Document and Settings\HP_Administrator.David" in regedit and there seems to be quite a few references. I considered making a backup of the registry and removing the ".David". Then I would have to copy over the latest files from HP_Administrator.David folder to HP_Administrator folder. However, this may be a little extreme and may get me into even more trouble.

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#3
June 4, 2009 at 09:46:10
... well you do have this in your pc spec:

m7640n Desktop

* HP Recovery Software Suite
* Software Repair Wizard

... one could revert to "save n wipe"

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Grrrr
"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/...
... got brain freeze


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#4
June 4, 2009 at 10:41:56
I am in this mess because I used HP Recovery and at the time I did not realize that it would replace Windows XP with the original version (my system had locked up and I ended up with a loop that would automatically reboot at the Welcome screen). I did not mind at first because I thought this would give me a chance to cleanup my system. Although all my program and data files were intact, settings stored in the registry and in the windows directory were not. I have managed to get most of my applications re-installed and working again, except that I now have the two homepaths which may be preventing me from getting the remaining applications working properly. This, of course, also causes problems with my start menu and startup folder, which are now split. Having said all that I think I will backup the registry and change all references to the ".David" homepath and then try to port over the new homepath folder. I do have a full backup of my system if I need to use it. I just didn't want to re-install files that may have cause my original rebooting problem.

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