My documents folder wont stay away!

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smaton

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Win 98 op system.
This is the "My documents" folder that appears on the desk top at start up.
You are able to "remove " it from the desk top until the next time you turn on the computer.
No "delete" is available under "properties" when right clicking on it.
Any ideas?
Tks Stan
 
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Do a regedit search for nosavesettings

If you find it, either delete or set its data value to all zeros
 

smaton

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Thanks Rollin Rog but the regedit is unable to bring up any variation on the search for nosavesettings.
Anything else I ca try?
Regards Stan
 

TonyKlein

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Hi Smaton,

You don't mean the my documents folder icon, which normally ought to be there, together with My Computer, your Recycle Bin, etcetera?

For in that case we're not talking about the same thing.

Greetz,
 
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Hmm, I don't know what else might affect that. If Mosaic1 comes on line she might have some ideas.

Just to verify because the Registry editor's search utility is a little buggy; try manually navigating to the key below and look in the right hand pane with Explorer highlighted:

Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
Policies\Explorer]
 

smaton

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Tony Klein,
Yes I believe thats the folder you mean as well.
It has the option on right click of removingit from the desktop.Which is great until it always reapears next time I restart!
(Why would the option be there if you cant remove it for as long as I like?)
Stan
 

smaton

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Navigated manually as you said and found 3 lines of info
First (default) (value not set)
Second CDR autorun 00 00 00 00
third Nodrive typeaut 95 00 00 00
Any use?
Stan
 

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Smaton,

I thought of trying a little reg hack, and it works. I've tried it.

Go to Start/run, and type Regedit.

Drill down to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\-{450d8fba-ad25-11d0-98a8-0800361b1103}

Now rightclick on '{450d8fba-ad25-11d0-98a8-0800361b1103}' and choose 'rename'.

Insert a little minus sign in front of it, so that it looks like this:

-{450d8fba-ad25-11d0-98a8-0800361b1103}


Reboot, and your Documents are gone from the desktop.
Remove the - , reboot, and it's back again!

Good luck,
 
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If you have no restrictions, let's do a test. Don't change your registry. You may possibly have a fast Shutdown problem. If the computer shuts down too fast, data can be lost. Registry changes qualify. What version of Win 98 are you using please? And what is your CPU and speed. Also, the size of your Hard Drive?



Here's a way to test this theory. Go to the Desktop My Docs Shortcut. Remove it from the Desktop.

Next step is to Restart Windows Explorer.

Press CTRL+ALT+DEL end task Windows Explorer.
When the shut down dialog appears, cancel. Wait for the Explorer is not responding Screen to appear. End Task.
Windows Explorer will now be restarted. Is My Docs still gone from the desktop? Reboot. Is it still gone?
 

smaton

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Your hack worked a treat.Very successful.
Thankyou to you , Rollin Rog and Mosaic1.
Stan
 
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Stan,
Although Tony's hack is used in certain cases to remove desktop icons, it is a workaround in this instance. It would be better to try and find the cause of the problem. Did you try the Windows Explorer trick? It's your choice. However, if it were my computer, I would want to know the root cause if possible.
 

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Hi Stan,

I know the hack works, but if I were you, I'd still follow up on Mosaic1's advice, and try finding the cause of your problem.

Good luck,
 
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