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How to change path for IExplorer favorites file location?

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  1. petery

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    Hi

    I am a new XP user. When I set up my new p.c. I wanted all the accounts to use the same favourites file for Internet Explorer. Somewhere I found a place to change the path that Explorer used for the favourites file - I changed this to point to a common folder (one not specific to a particular account), and moved my old favourites file into that folder.

    That worked fine, but now I want to reverse the procedure and I cannot remember where I changed the path that Explorer uses to look for the favourites file. Help!!

    I've searched the web and found two options - one involves editing the registry, and one involves a power tool. However I did this through some other process that was much simpler - as I recall all I did was create a new folder and enter a new path name into a settings dialogue box somewhere.

    Does anyone know where this feature is hidden in XP?

    Many thanks

    Peter
     
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    Thanks DVOM - I'll give that a try (it's not the way I set this up, but who cares as long as it works - I wish I could remember what I did).

    I tried to install TweakUI and got an error message - do you just download the file from the microsoft site (eg. onto the desktop) and then double click it? I couldn't see installation instructions on the microsoft site so gave up.

    Thanks again for the help

    Peter
     
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    I'm running Windows XP with all the updates, service packs etc. Would you suggest using the version off:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/downloads/powertoys.asp

    I presume this is a self-extracting zip file? When I tried to run it I got an error message - I can't remember what it said now, but I recall it had something about not being compatible with ???32 - I remember the last bit because it made me wonder if my Dell came installed with Fat32 rather than the NT system.....
     
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    ...actually, now that I look at the MS site, I wonder if I accidentally downloaded the version for Itanium based systems??
     
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    Try downloading it again. It might have gotten corrupted or incomplete.
     
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    Thanks for all the help - I'll have another go when I get home tonight.
     
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    BTW - is it obvious how to change the path for the favourites folder using TweakUI?
     
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    Open it from the start menu and go to "my computer>special folders".
     
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    thanks (again)
     
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    DVOM - I had a go at trying to change the properties of the default favourites folder, but I'm not sure what you had in mind. I can't edit the location from here - what I really want is to copy this folder to all the user directories, and then explorer to point to those user-specific favorite folders (rather to the one common folder).
     
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