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Windows 7: Setting shell folders to network locations

16 Oct 2009   #1

Setting shell folders to network locations


I have a number of PCs connecting to a server where we house our personal folders. The server also houses music, basketball games, our photos, applications (like drivers and updates etc). On XP and vista I could update shell folders in registry to point each of the various locations (Like My Videos, My Documents, My Pictures etc), to a location on the server.

I updated the shell folder locations in registry only to find that it says location is unsupported because the network locations are not indexed

I have turned indexing off because it is a total waste of resources. We have everything stored on separate drives by category of item. For us, sedarching is not required, stuff is easy to find.

So how can I point the shell folders to a network location without turning on indexing?


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16 Oct 2009   #2

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Hey Yanta - welcome to 7 Forums.

I was thinking you could add the network location to a w7 library but after trying I get the same error about indexing. I have indexing turned off too. Windows help says -

If the network folder is not indexed, an easy way to index it is to make the folder available offline.
Personally I have this turned off too which doesn't work for me but might work for you.
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17 Oct 2009   #3


Yeah, I have offline files turned off too. Not useful in this situation. It looks like M$ are forcing us more and more in directions we may not want to go. I shall keep researching.
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