Moving user shell folders in a folder manually

If you ever have a problem trying to change the default location of a Windows user shell folder [I’ve seen this once] or maybe for whatever reason you may need to manually change the location so you can access the folder better, you can do this manually.

User shell folder includes, video, music, favorites, temporary Internet files, etc.

Note that you should create the new folder if it doesn’t exist and do not delete the old folder even once you move the files in that folder to the new location as there may be the odd application that may ignore the new location and use the old one.

For example, I have moved the music and video folders to a different location so I can easily access them. In addition my favorites folder [for Internet Explorer] is now in My Documents.

To make the changes, open the Registry Editor and modify what you need in both of the following locations [they have to match]:

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

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

Log off the computer [or reboot] for the changes to take place.

Note: As usual, back up the registry. You are at your own risk. Test on a temporary profile that you can blow away.

Note: This may or may not work in all versions of Windows. Test before using.

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