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Cannot change target location of MyDocuments

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by cybercrone, Jun 27, 2008.

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  1. cybercrone

    cybercrone Thread Starter

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    This one is VERY weird. Whenever I try to save a document to MyDocuments on computer 1, the file is saved instead to another computer on my home network. If I right click on MyDocuments/Properties, the target location on the Target tab is shown correctly (C:\Documents and Settings\my name\My Documents) and is editable. But on the General tab the target is shown as \\my other computer\my documents and it can't be changed. What is going on here? I never made this change, wouldn't even know how. Nothing I do in the editable box on the Target tab affects what is shown on the General tab or the fact that all files are sent to my other computer. How do I get rid of this?
     
  2. Dan Penny

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    Open regedit. Start, Run, regedit.

    Click the + signs to expand and navigate your way down to

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders.

    In the right hand pane, is the correct path shown for the Personal key? (It may show %USERPROFILE%\My Documents instead, which would also be correct.)

    If it isn't correct, double click on the Personal key. Enter either the full path, or enter %USERPROFILE%\My Documents instead.
     
  3. cybercrone

    cybercrone Thread Starter

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    Yep, it has %USERPROFILE%\My Documents.

    After writing an initial reply to your message, I opened the properties window again and this time I did what didn't occur to me before because the correct path was already in text box: I clicked on "Restore defaults" but wrong path did not change in General tab window. If I do that on my other computer, I can switch to General tab and watch it change. Something is preventing the system from changing on the affected computer.
     
  4. Dan Penny

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    As I don't have a home network, I'm sort of shooting in the dark here.

    Look in the corresponding registry keys under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, which may be where the problem lies.
     
  5. cybercrone

    cybercrone Thread Starter

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    Here's how i solved the problem, Dan: I moved all the files from My Documents to a new folder Documents. Then in properties for My Documents (which is now empty), I set target in text box on first tab to path\Documents instead of My Documents. When I did this the target path to other computer on the General tab disappeared. General tab doesn't show any target at all now, don't know why it did in the first place.

    The move is transparent. My Documents still shows where and how it always has and clicking on it just opens Documents instead.

    The rule is, if you can't figure out the right way to solve a problem, solve it any ol' way you can.

    :D
     
  6. Dan Penny

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    (y) Outstanding and good thinking. Well done.
     
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