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Thread: Reset default location for Documents folder - Vista

  1. #1
    Mike Guest

    Reset default location for Documents folder - Vista

    I cannot connect to the PC where I had my Documents folder - so I need to
    reset the documents folder back to its original location on my PC - but
    becuase I can no longer access the current location for the Documents folder
    I can't access that folder in order to change its location - can anyone help?
    i.e. how can I restore the default location for the Documents folder when I
    can no longer access that folder?
    Thanks

  2. #2
    Keith Miller \(MVP\) Guest

    Re: Reset default location for Documents folder - Vista

    In the Start Search box, type 'regedit<enter>' to open the Registry Editor

    Navigate to:

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

    In the right-hand pane, edit the value named 'Personal', changing its data
    to:

    '%USERPROFILE%\Documents'

    Open the 'Run...' dialog via the Start Menu or <WinKey>+R and paste the
    following command:

    rundll32 mydocs,PerUserInit

    That should recreate the folder, special icon & all.

  3. #3
    Bob Guest

    Re: Reset default location for Documents folder - Vista

    Error message?
    How are you trying to access the Documents folder?
    How and when did you move the Documents folder?

  4. #4
    Mike Guest

    Re: Reset default location for Documents folder - Vista

    Error message is: Error 1606.Could not access network location \\DELLXPS\My
    Documents3\My Pictures\
    I am trying to re-install a program (MS Fligth Simulator) which installed
    some files into the Documents folder (I believe). I can't the uninstall the
    program because the installer can't find the Documents folder where the items
    were installed?
    I moved the Documents folder after I set up file sharing - I maintain a
    central Documents folder on another machine and access it from this machine.
    So when file /folder sharing stopped working I can no longer access those
    documents in that shared folder on the other computer. And so I can't set
    the default folder for Documents back to the orginal location on this machine
    (apparently because that location I set it to is no longer accessible from
    this computer.
    Regards

  5. #5
    Mike Guest

    Re: Reset default location for Documents folder - Vista

    I tried this Keith but it did not seem to fix the problem - I still get an
    error mesage saying it can't access the folder (Documents). When I ran the
    rundll32 program it not seem to do anything.
    Regards

  6. #6
    Bob Guest

    Re: Reset default location for Documents folder - Vista

    See if you can find some help here:
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Error+1606

  7. #7
    putneyboy Guest

    Re: Reset default location for Documents folder - Vista


    Thanks to Keith Miller, I found my paths were actually pointing to an
    old location where I had my USB Drive
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell
    Folders
    I updated the path to be "I:\My Documents" which fixed the problem with
    no being able to click the Documents link on the Start Menu and a host
    of other issues such as Adobe not updating as its default folder was on
    the "I:\My Documents"


    --
    putneyboy

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