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Windows xp account documents and settings folder

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Deathscythe_Hell, Dec 8, 2003.

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  1. Deathscythe_Hell

    Deathscythe_Hell Thread Starter

    Apr 19, 2000
    A while ago i was having severe problems with windows xp, so I did a repair installation(i think). Whatever it was, it essentially deleted the winxp system files and reinstalled it. I created my user account using the same name as last time, but ran into a problem: because windows detected a folder with that username on it already, it created a new one with the format of username.computername. This is created numerous problems, including but not limited to me not being able to upload things via ftp from my my documents folder because the directory path gives the ftp programs a heart attack. Does anyone know how i could change what directory windows looks at for my files?
  2. Akito


    May 23, 2003
    To change the path to my documents:

    just right click on the my documents folder, the path is listed as an option..
  3. Alex Ethridge

    Alex Ethridge

    Apr 10, 2000
    This works with Windows 2000 and the IE Favorites folder and I am reasonably sure it will work for the My Documents folder in XP as well.

    Open My Computer, size it down to less that one-third the width of your monitor's screen and drag it to the far right of your screen. Navigate the where the My Documents folder is; but, do not actually open My Documents. Open another copy of My Computer. Navigate in it to where you want My Documents to be instead of where it already is. Size that window down and drag it to the center of the screen.

    Now, right-drag the My Documents folder from where it is in one window to where you want it to be in the other. Drop it there and choose Move (instead of Copy or Create Shortcut) when prompted. Close both windows by clicking File> Close. Now, test your setup by clicking on your My Documents folder or, in XP, by doing it from your Start menu.

    If it doesn't work, just undo it by working the above instructions in reverse. But, I'm reasonably sure it will work.
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