Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Redirect folders in my documents for personal Windows computers

This can be done using Group Policy in an Active Directory environment, but if you just want to redirect the folders found in your user profile, you can do that to by modifying the registry. The registry is a very important software piece of the computer, so be careful when changing it. Or use the TweakUI for XP power toy provided by Microsoft, which is a little more GUI/user friendly for those who aren't as experienced with the registry.

1. Go to Start->Run, type regedit, and click OK. This will start the registry editor
2. The registry keys you're looking for are located under HKEY_CURRENT_USER->Software->Microsoft->Windows->CurrentVersion->Explorer->User Shell Folders (just "Shell Folders" in Vista)
3. Find the folder(s) you want to change and double-click on it
4. Paste the full folder path to the new location where you want the folder to be redirected to
5. Click Ok

Depending on your version of Windows, you'll have different options. I'm running Windows Vista right now and there are ~20 different folder locations I could change, ranging from the Fonts and Cookies, to My Music. 

I don't mess around with this much, so redirect at your own risk. If you want more info from Microsoft, check out KB 242557

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