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    Default Save Path (XP sr1)

    Is there a way to change the default save paths that windows offers? I don't use "My Documents", and it's annoying to always have to navigate away from it.

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    Re: Default Save Path (XP sr1)

    Typically it is an application that offers a save path, rather than Windows, although many applications will use My Documents as a default. In Microsoft Word for example you can modify the default save path using Tools > Options > File Locations > Documents.

    You can also change My Documents to point to the location where you normally save your files. One way to do this is using TweakUI.

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    Re: Default Save Path (XP sr1)

    The location of the "My Documents" folder is stored in the Registry.

    MODIFY IT AT YOUR OWN RISK using regedit.exe

    But the keys to look for are:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionExplorerShell Folders then data item "Personal"

    Also look at:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionExplorerShell Folders then data item "Personal"

    In both of those keys I've changed by "My Documents" to "My Docs" simply to shrink the length of the folder name but there is no reason why you can't change to FULL path name.

    JUST MAKE SURE YOUR NEW PATH EXISTS BEFORE YOU MAKE THE CHANGE.

    You'll probably need to reboot for the change to take effect.

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    Re: Default Save Path (XP sr1)

    Hi, Trevor ~

    I like your reg tip, but what is the difference between those 2 keys?

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    Re: Default Save Path (XP sr1)

    Bruce,

    I't probably just an oversight. One of the two should start with HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, the other with HKEY_CURRENT_USER (as posted); the rest is the same.

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    Re: Default Save Path (XP sr1)

    You may need to edit the entry in User Shell Folders as well as in Shell Folders.

    I've never really understood the difference between these two keys, and it might only matter if My Documents is on a network share, but I always edit both.

    StuartR

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    Re: Default Save Path (XP sr1)

    You can achieve temporary pain reduction by placing a shortcut to your desired destination in that folder.

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    Re: Default Save Path (XP sr1)

    I have know idea, but I change both just to keep them consistent..

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    Re: Default Save Path (XP sr1)

    Right Hans,

    It is may be necessary to change HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentV ersionExplorerShell Folders, which on my computer has a "Personal" data item for the path to "My Documents" and contains the same data string as the key HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionExplorerShell Folders. However, see my comment below.

    My HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentV ersionExplorerUser Shell Folders does not have a "personal" data item, ie no reference to the location of "My Documents".

    I SUSPECT, but do not know for sure, that the "Personal" data item in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE... applies to all users of the machine while HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionExplorerShell Folders only applies to the current user, so you can probably have different paths for different users. Haven't tried it - just guessing.

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    Re: Default Save Path (XP sr1)

    When I first came across the "My Documents", "My xxxxx" and especially the "Documents and Settings" concept, I didn't like it. I've since become a convert. There are many benefits to using this structure and few downsides.

    One problem, however, is the location of "Documents and Settings". I prefer to separate my data from the system, either in a separate partition or on a different drive. Why does MS make it next to impossible to create the "Documents and Settings" folder anywhere other than on the "C" drive when you install Windows normally, and yet make it so easy to relocate this folder when doing an unattended install?

    I use the following winnt.sif file to install WinXP. Note how I can easily relocate the "Documents and Settings" folder to "D". Why can't I do this during a normal attended install?

    ;SetupMgrTag
    [Data]
    AutoPartition=1
    MsDosInitiated="0"
    UnattendedInstall="Yes"

    [Unattended]
    UnattendMode=FullUnattended
    OemSkipEula=Yes
    OemPreinstall=Yes
    TargetPath=WINDOWS

    [GuiUnattended]
    <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold">ProfilesDir = "Documents and Settings"</span hi>
    AdminPassword=xxxx....xxxx
    EncryptedAdminPassword=Yes
    OEMSkipRegional=1
    TimeZone=35
    OemSkipWelcome=1

    [UserData]
    ProductID=BQDW2-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-XQK49
    FullName="PnC"
    OrgName=""
    ComputerName=GVC2031

    [Display]
    BitsPerPel=32
    Xresolution=1152
    YResolution=864
    Vrefresh=85

    [TapiLocation]
    CountryCode=107
    Dialing=Tone
    AreaCode=613

    [RegionalSettings]
    LanguageGroup=1
    Language=00000409

    [SetupMgr]
    DistFolder="D:WinXP Distribution Folder"
    DistShare=WinXPdist

    [Identification]
    JoinWorkgroup=Workgroup

    [Networking]
    InstallDefaultComponents=Yes



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    PaulB

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    Re: Default Save Path (XP sr1)

    I really appreciate the answers I got on this thread, but although I spend lots of working hours in use of my machines, I have to admit that although I'm able to follow the responses I'm just a little uncomfortable trying some of this. I depend on what these things do too much to let ignorance on my part bring one to it's knees...
    So perhaps I should surrender on this (admittedly small issue) and take your advice to use My Documents, since you say there is good reason. I have to admit that using folders named in MS Cutespeak is part of my problem; something more business-like has always been my preference, even back to DOS.

    But it sounds like you could explain just one more thing: Even though I tried to preserve my "MS Office Datafiles" directory as used on prior machines and OS's, XP appears to save off copies in both that folder AND in My Documents (not completely consistently, either), whether I like it or not. Is it needlessly saving 2 copies, or does it just point to the same file in the other directory? Why would it duplicate like that, with no direction to do so?

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