%USERPROFILE% folder on desktop

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kristinstokes

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The other day I noticed a new folder on my desktop that was called %USERPROFILE% that I did not creat. I deleted it and the next time I looked, it was back on my desktop. I didn't really worry about it until I tried to install quicktime. Then I got an error message saying "could not access network location %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Desktop\." So now this harmless oddity had become an annoying problem. I don't even know where it came from or why but what do I so about it so that I can download things again?

oh and i have windows xp
 

kristinstokes

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I checked all the shell folders and paths in both the blue boxes and everything is correct. Inside that folder is Application Data then Microsoft then CryptnetUrlCache and SystemCertificates. Inside CryptnetUrlCache is Content and MetaData and inside both of those are lots of SYS files with really long names of random letters and numbers. Inside SystemCertificates is My then Certificates and CRLs and CTLs, all 3 of those folders are empty. I want to uninstall a program and it won't let me, I just get that error message about %ALLUSERSPROFILE%. This is getting really annoying. I tried to do a system restore, but after I picked a date to restore to and clicked the "next" button, nothing happened. I tried restarting my computer and picking different dates, but I could not get system restore to work. I didn't get an error message about that or anything, it just wouldn't do anything at all.
 
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Every "user" including the global "ALL USERS" has an "applications data" folder -- which has a "hidden" attribute (you would normally have to have "show hidden files" enabled in Folder Options > View to see it.

Open up Explorer and look under Documents and Settings > All Users, and see if there is an "applications data" folder there.

Run cmd.exe and at the prompt enter set

Where does it say your All Users path leads to?
c:\windows\system32>set
ALLUSERSPROFILE=C:\Documents and Settings\All Users
If it is pointing any place else, at the command prompt enter:

ALLUSERSPROFILE="C:\Documents and Settings\All Users"

In the registry, verify under the key >> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders

In the same location also do the same for "user shell folders"

For system restore, run eventvwr.msc and look at the Applications and System logs -- any errors for that there?

Or other recent errors that might be relevant?
 
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