Change location of "My Documents", "Desktop", "Favorites", and "Start Menu"

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

This is a Windows NT and Windows 2000 compatible registry hack.

Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Key: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

Under this key, you will find a set of values of type REG_EXPAND_SZ. For example, for the value of Start Menu is %USERPROFILE%\Start Menu. On my workstation %USERPROFILE% is C:\WINNT\PROFILES\Wayne. You can change the location of the special folders by change the value of the environmental value or by hacking the appropriate registry value.

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