(Sovled) ICQ unwanted directory in root with my user ID

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Puritan

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Hi, I have installed ICQ 2001 on Windows XP running with multiple accounts. On my primary account, ICQ works fine without any glitches. ICQ apparently stores its user information as a per-user entry in the registry, not a system-wide entry, so when I run ICQ on the second account, it is like it is a fresh install, asking for a new UIN and all that. Whenever I run ICQ in that secondary account, however, ICQ makes a new (empty) directory in the C:\ root with that UIN, i.e. if the secondary account's UIN is 12345678, every time I open up ICQ in that account, it creates a new C:\12345678 directory. Does anyone know why it would do this, or how to stop it? I changed the received files default location from C:\ to My Documents\My Received Files, and the ICQ directory has total read-write permissions, so I don't know why/if that causes anything. My first account doesn't create this root directory, why does the second one? Can anyone help me out? Thanks in advance.
 

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I think that directory that it's making for me in the root is supposed to go under ICQ\DataFiles. In DataFiles, I have an empty subdirectory for my first UIN, but not for my second (the one that is instead, I think, being made in the root directory). Does anyone know how what setting or registry entry or whatnot is responsible for changing this directory's location?
 

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Hiya

Not sure if this will work, but its worth a bash.

In the registry, look for this key:

HKEY_USERS\Windows Profile user ID\Software\Mirabilis\ICQ\DefaultPrefs

and change the following entries so they are associated with the new directory locations.


DataBase
New Database
UIN Dir

Close the registry.

Does that work?

Regards

eddie
 

Puritan

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Hi, that exact key isn't present on my system (maybe it's not on XP Professional) but your registry advice did help me out.

Before I was only looking at the registry key of the secondary account (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Mirabilis\ICQ\DefaultPrefs) which has only three key entries or so. When I looked at the registry key of my default account, though, I saw dozens of key entries. For some reason, ICQ doesn't completely fill out the registry of a secondary user the way it does when you run it for the first time (probably because it wasn't designed with XP multiple accounts in mind in the first place). So to fix the problem, I exported the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Mirabilis\ICQ\DefaultPrefs key out of my primary registry and imported it into the secondary registry. Bingo, no more root directory happenings.

Thanks for your help. (It's a lot more helpful than ICQ's tech support; I wrote in the same message I wrote here, and I got back message after message saying "ICQ will work under Windows XP. If you have a more specific problem, write back" after writing back again and again. :) )
 

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Glad to hear its all working again. I know a few people with XP, so if they get ICQ, we know what to do know.

have fun chatting

eddie
 
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