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Windows 7: Start Menu User Folder Buttons - Open to Users Instead of Libraries


21 Jun 2010   #79
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Start Menu User Folder Buttons - Open to Users Instead of Libraries

How to Make Windows 7 Start Menu User Folder Buttons Open to Users Instead of Libraries Location

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20 Jun 2011   #80
foe

Windows 7 x64
 
 

ah, right, this one:

I cant help but notice this library seems to behave like a manual created one. Recorded tv is not listed under libraries. Furthermore: i thought it was impossible to use environment variables (like %userprofile%) in REG_SZ's?


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20 Jun 2011   #81
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Ive just noticed the start menu rec tv library now acts like all the others if you right click\properties there no page with library-ms on it now just the same as the others.

Danny
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20 Jun 2011   #82
foe

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by foe View Post
ah, right, this one:

I cant help but notice this library seems to behave like a manual created one. Recorded tv is not listed under libraries. Furthermore: i thought it was impossible to use environment variables (like %userprofile%) in REG_SZ's?
Using Environment Variables in Registry Values
@brink
indeed, you need to use REG_EXPAND_SZ in order to use environment variables in a reg string.

@ danny
Yeah, it should now behave like default library in stead of a manual one.
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21 Jun 2011   #83
Raedwulf

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have honestly become lost in this thread, seems to be alot of back and forth. In the end I tried doing this myself, and its worked perfectly as far as I can tell. Here is what I did.

In HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{1A6FDBA2-F42D-4358-A798-B74D745926C5}, the parent folder variable points to {48daf80b-e6cf-4f4e-b800-0e69d84ee384}, which is public libraries.

By checking similar entries for the other default libraries, you find that the folder variable for the user libraries directory is {1B3EA5DC-B587-4786-B4EF-BD1DC332AEAE}.

So I copied the RecordedTV.library-ms file from C:\Users\Public/Libraries to c:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries, and then changed the parent folder variable as above, logged out and in again.

The result is that Recorded TV now acts just like all the other default libraries, clicking in start menu points to the correct location, and it displays correctly in navigation pane.

The library can now be renamed and used for another purpose, bringing the total of private libraries that can be accessed via start menu to 5. This is the max as far as I know, I have still not found any method to add custom libraries to start menu from scratch.

Using the Zorn Software tool, located at Zorn Software Blog Archive Win7 Library Tool - Simplicity is the Essence of Good Design, these libraries can now be linked with network locations as well.

Edit: One thing that is still wrong are the tooltips displayed when you hover over the library links in the start menu. They display the default messages. Anybody have any idea how these can be modified?
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21 Jun 2011   #84
foe

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Raedwulf View Post
Edit: One thing that is still wrong are the tooltips displayed when you hover over the library links in the start menu. They display the default messages. Anybody have any idea how these can be modified?
What's wrong with 'Watch TV programs recorded on your computer.'?
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21 Jun 2011   #85
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Raedwulf View Post
I have honestly become lost in this thread, seems to be alot of back and forth. In the end I tried doing this myself, and its worked perfectly as far as I can tell. Here is what I did.

In HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{1A6FDBA2-F42D-4358-A798-B74D745926C5}, the parent folder variable points to {48daf80b-e6cf-4f4e-b800-0e69d84ee384}, which is public libraries.

By checking similar entries for the other default libraries, you find that the folder variable for the user libraries directory is {1B3EA5DC-B587-4786-B4EF-BD1DC332AEAE}.

So I copied the RecordedTV.library-ms file from C:\Users\Public/Libraries to c:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries, and then changed the parent folder variable as above, logged out and in again.

The result is that Recorded TV now acts just like all the other default libraries, clicking in start menu points to the correct location, and it displays correctly in navigation pane.

The library can now be renamed and used for another purpose, bringing the total of private libraries that can be accessed via start menu to 5. This is the max as far as I know, I have still not found any method to add custom libraries to start menu from scratch.

Using the Zorn Software tool, located at Zorn Software Blog Archive Win7 Library Tool - Simplicity is the Essence of Good Design, these libraries can now be linked with network locations as well.

Edit: One thing that is still wrong are the tooltips displayed when you hover over the library links in the start menu. They display the default messages. Anybody have any idea how these can be modified?
Foe and Shawn had the right ideas from the start it was my system that wouldnt accept the changes.They were both just trying to understand why and solve the issue for me.Ive just tried both methods on a clean install on another pc and both worked the first time.

Danny
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21 Jun 2011   #86
Raedwulf

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by foe View Post
What's wrong with 'Watch TV programs recorded on your computer.'?
The folder is now called Game Installs.
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21 Jun 2011   #87
foe

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Not at my pc, it's not...

Are you sure you were not messing with the wrong key?
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24 Jun 2011   #88
Raedwulf

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by foe View Post
Not at my pc, it's not...

Are you sure you were not messing with the wrong key?
I meant i renamed and re-assigned it.
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24 Jun 2011   #89
foe

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Well using my own trick, it is now behaving like a personal library and the hover over is saying: 'watch tv programs recorded on your computer.'

I dont really understand what u did different though.
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