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Change default documents location

  1. #1


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1

    Change default documents location


    Hello everyone,

    Always when i install a new version of windows i change the default location of music, documents, downloads etc. Accidentally i change the documents folder to Documents without the \ after D: (don't know why windows let me choose this location in the first place). But I can't change the location, every time i right click on the documents folder to change the location, explorer crashes.
    First I thought it wouldn't be a big problem by changing the default folder in different programs to D:\Documents for example in Office. But for soms programs it's a problem, I can't change the default folder and it takes Documents which gives an error.
    It's also creating random documents folders on my D partiton.

    How can I change the default folder for documents?

    Thanks

    PS I'm not talking about the library folders, but the folders underneath "This PC"

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,883
    7601.18247.x86fre.win7sp1


    Hey.

    Open Regedit and navigate to this subkey:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders

    In the right pane, make your appropriate edits for whatever you want to do. The ones of interest to you seem to be: Personal, My Music, My Pictures, My Video and {374DE290-123F-4565-9164-39C4925E467B} <<<(for Downloads).

    This location may be of interest too:

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

    You must stop explorer.exe with task manager, then restart it with task manager, for changes to take effect. Or reboot instead.

    If it still crashes after, look to find the culprit software with ShellExView.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks

    Changed regedit in thoose two locations, rebooted and everything works again.

    After a couple of days of searching the web, I've got my answer Looks like I need to learn how to deal with regedit.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,883
    7601.18247.x86fre.win7sp1


    Quote Originally Posted by Christiaan View Post
    Looks like I need to learn how to deal with regedit.
    Well, nah.

    I know various locations in Regedit to do various things, but that wasn't one of them. I already had my folders moved, so all I did was search Regedit for one of those folders and the proper locations came up for me to tell you about.

    You did well enough by fixing it. You're welcome.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by MasterChief View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Christiaan View Post
    Looks like I need to learn how to deal with regedit.
    Well, nah.

    I know various locations in Regedit to do various things, but that wasn't one of them. I already had my folders moved, so all I did was search Regedit for one of those folders and the proper locations came up for me to tell you about.

    You did well enough by fixing it. You're welcome.
    Next time I'll search regedit first.
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  6. #6


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    64-bit Windows 10
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