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


05 Aug 2012   #1

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

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

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

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
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

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


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