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Windows 7: Registry: differences between Shell Folders and User Shell Folders?

05 Aug 2012   #1
tinfanide

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Registry: differences between Shell Folders and User Shell Folders?

Please consider these two keys:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders]

What is the main difference between these?

Say,
I've changed first the keys under Shell Folders and then under User Shell Folders.
It was only until I'd changed those under User Shell Folders (after restarting the machine) did the changes take place.
Shell Folders seem not to be taking effect at all.


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05 Aug 2012   #2
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

First off, have you created a registry backup? This is MOST IMPORTANT!! Dabbling with the registry can seriously damage your OS and should only be undertaken if you know exactly what you are doing!!!
Here's the definitive answer to your query:
Windows Registry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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05 Aug 2012   #3
tinfanide

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
First off, have you created a registry backup? This is MOST IMPORTANT!! Dabbling with the registry can seriously damage your OS and should only be undertaken if you know exactly what you are doing!!!
Here's the definitive answer to your query:
Windows Registry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Yes, I did the backup first.
But could ya kindly point to me where my query is answered on the wiki page?
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05 Aug 2012   #4
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Juust read the article and all the keys are explained therein!
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05 Aug 2012   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello tinfanide,

Those two registry locations work together, but the "Shell Folders" location is for backwards compatibility. OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to restore the default user folder locations can help show you more if you like.

User Folders - Restore Default Location

See also: User Folders - Change Default Location


To help answer your question more.
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10 Sep 2014   #6
TodWulff

W7HPx64
 
 
Relevant Content from TechNet

User Shell Folders

User Shell Folders: HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

Description: The User Shell Folders subkey stores the paths to Windows Explorer folders for the current user of the computer.

Note: The entries in this subkey can appear in both the Shell Folders subkey and the User Shell Folders and in both HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and HKEY_CURRENT_USER. The entries that appear in user User Shell Folders take precedence over those in Shell Folders. The entries that appear in HKEY_CURRENT_USER take precedence over those in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.
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29 Jan 2015   #7
jonnyhotchkiss

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

really interesting article brink, thanks for the link
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