Too Many My Documents

May 17, 2006 at 13:26:32
Specs: XP, 2.4g; 1gigRAM

I moved My Documents to my D: drive, but Windows insists on keeping one in my C: Drive too. Often I find subfolders (like My Ebooks) in it Even worse, something keeps creating another My Documents folder with My Pictures in it, in My D: drive. Is there any way of controlling these annoyances?

Charles Harris

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May 17, 2006 at 14:00:06

You cannot move or rename Documents & Settings folder other than shell folders under it using a special redirection utility. This is why Windows repopulates whatever you tried to move.


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May 17, 2006 at 16:35:33

THIS is the easiest of all. It will move the following folders in one simple step:

Cookies, Desktop, Favorites, My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, SendTo, Shared Documents, Shared Music, Shared Pictures, Shared Video, Start Menu, Startup, & Temporary Internet Files.

Or if you prefer to do it the long & hard way, follow johnw's suggestion. The choice is yours.


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May 17, 2006 at 16:50:05

"THIS is the easiest of all. It will move the following folders in one simple step:"

Yep, that looks easier.

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May 17, 2006 at 17:24:12

Hi Charles,
If you change change the path of My Documents folder from its properties, it should not be found at the old path under the account from which it was moved. Maybe your computer have multiple user accounts and you have just changed one.
If that is the case then you have to change the path from other accounts individually.
Have a nice day!

Linux is basically a very simple Operating System, but you have to be a genius to understand its simplicity.

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May 18, 2006 at 00:07:44

G'day all, I've been doing these Shell folder tweeks in Win95 long before I knew there were any sites that offered them or of any [if any at the time] tweaking programs that could do these things and since I now use 98/XP dual boot both systems share the same common location for several of these changes, including the History. The Downloaded Program Files and Recent folders can also be renamed and relocated and I suspect several other system folders but some are just not worth the trouble.

Some such as My Video, My Pics and My Music are simply removed from the Registry while the rest that I moved have all been renamed as well.

I prefer 'the hard way' as that's the best way to learn the Registry and what goes where etc...

The Docs & Sets folder can be renamed and relocated as well but after the 6 hour and 50+ registry changes I successfully did 3 years ago [and descibed here at the time] I wouldn't recommend it manually, but it can be done if you like to take a risk or ten.

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June 28, 2006 at 14:19:29

Thanks everybody for your help. I would have replied sooner but i've been away from my machine. I 've now installed the Folder Redirector utility recommended by XPUser and it works like a charm. Nice to have this problem behind me.

Charles Harris

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