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changing 'documents' location

  1. #1


    Tim Draper Guest

    changing 'documents' location

    as a rule of thumb, i move the documents folder to another
    partition/drive than the main OS - everytime i reinstall, i dont/cant
    loose the documents folder.

    i found out how to change location of the documents folder myself (arent
    i a big clever boy? :P)
    today i move the drive letters around (from 'documents' location on i:\,
    to d:\). however, because i've changed drive letters, i cant seem to
    find where to change 'documents' location anymore.

    i'm SURE it was changeable at C:\Users\USER\, right click 'documents',
    and change location. now i've changed drive letters around, the
    'documents' shortcut has been deleted by the system.


    reason for concern: games.
    some games (especially EA games) stores user details/saved games in
    'documents' folder. if the system has no reference to 'documents', or
    it's pointing incorrectly to i:\documents\, then its not saving the
    savegame files to disc

    so: is there another location, or a registry edit to fix where
    'documents' is pointing to?

    thanks
    tim

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  2. #2


    Dale Guest

    Re: changing 'documents' location

    You can try opening registry editor and navigate to

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/ShellFolders

    and change the path in the Personal entry.

    HTH

    Dale

    "Tim Draper" <veehexx_dirtyspam@btopenworld.com> wrote in message
    news:OqmdnTLr9rkmavfYnZ2dnUVZ8qKdnZ2d@bt.com...
    > as a rule of thumb, i move the documents folder to another
    > partition/drive than the main OS - everytime i reinstall, i dont/cant
    > loose the documents folder.
    >
    > i found out how to change location of the documents folder myself (arent
    > i a big clever boy? :P)
    > today i move the drive letters around (from 'documents' location on i:\,
    > to d:\). however, because i've changed drive letters, i cant seem to
    > find where to change 'documents' location anymore.
    >
    > i'm SURE it was changeable at C:\Users\USER\, right click 'documents',
    > and change location. now i've changed drive letters around, the
    > 'documents' shortcut has been deleted by the system.
    >
    >
    > reason for concern: games.
    > some games (especially EA games) stores user details/saved games in
    > 'documents' folder. if the system has no reference to 'documents', or
    > it's pointing incorrectly to i:\documents\, then its not saving the
    > savegame files to disc
    >
    > so: is there another location, or a registry edit to fix where
    > 'documents' is pointing to?
    >
    > thanks
    > tim



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  3. #3


    Tim Draper Guest

    Re: changing 'documents' location

    nail on the head there dale thanks
    for future knowledge, this surely cant be a common question so how did
    you find it?

    tim
    Dale wrote:
    > You can try opening registry editor and navigate to
    >
    > HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/ShellFolders
    >
    >
    > and change the path in the Personal entry.
    >
    > HTH
    >
    > Dale
    >
    > "Tim Draper" <veehexx_dirtyspam@btopenworld.com> wrote in message
    > news:OqmdnTLr9rkmavfYnZ2dnUVZ8qKdnZ2d@bt.com...
    >> as a rule of thumb, i move the documents folder to another
    >> partition/drive than the main OS - everytime i reinstall, i dont/cant
    >> loose the documents folder.
    >>
    >> i found out how to change location of the documents folder myself (arent
    >> i a big clever boy? :P)
    >> today i move the drive letters around (from 'documents' location on i:\,
    >> to d:\). however, because i've changed drive letters, i cant seem to
    >> find where to change 'documents' location anymore.
    >>
    >> i'm SURE it was changeable at C:\Users\USER\, right click 'documents',
    >> and change location. now i've changed drive letters around, the
    >> 'documents' shortcut has been deleted by the system.
    >>
    >>
    >> reason for concern: games.
    >> some games (especially EA games) stores user details/saved games in
    >> 'documents' folder. if the system has no reference to 'documents', or
    >> it's pointing incorrectly to i:\documents\, then its not saving the
    >> savegame files to disc
    >>
    >> so: is there another location, or a registry edit to fix where
    >> 'documents' is pointing to?
    >>
    >> thanks
    >> tim

    >


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  4. #4


    Richard Urban Guest

    Re: changing 'documents' location

    Go to Start | User name (in right column - usually at the top) You will see
    a window with all of your folders.

    Right click on a folder and go to properties. There is a tab for "location",
    wherever it may be located. Look for the "move" button from here. Follow the
    prompts. Doing it this way is the simplest and cleanest way to customize
    your setup.

    --


    Regards,

    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
    (For email, remove the obvious from my address)

    Quote from George Ankner:
    If you knew as much as you think you know,
    You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!

    "Tim Draper" <veehexx_dirtyspam@btopenworld.com> wrote in message
    news:OqmdnTLr9rkmavfYnZ2dnUVZ8qKdnZ2d@bt.com...
    > as a rule of thumb, i move the documents folder to another
    > partition/drive than the main OS - everytime i reinstall, i dont/cant
    > loose the documents folder.
    >
    > i found out how to change location of the documents folder myself (arent
    > i a big clever boy? :P)
    > today i move the drive letters around (from 'documents' location on i:\,
    > to d:\). however, because i've changed drive letters, i cant seem to
    > find where to change 'documents' location anymore.
    >
    > i'm SURE it was changeable at C:\Users\USER\, right click 'documents',
    > and change location. now i've changed drive letters around, the
    > 'documents' shortcut has been deleted by the system.
    >
    >
    > reason for concern: games.
    > some games (especially EA games) stores user details/saved games in
    > 'documents' folder. if the system has no reference to 'documents', or
    > it's pointing incorrectly to i:\documents\, then its not saving the
    > savegame files to disc
    >
    > so: is there another location, or a registry edit to fix where
    > 'documents' is pointing to?
    >
    > thanks
    > tim



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  5. #5


    Dale Guest

    Re: changing 'documents' location

    The basic functionality has existed since Windows 95. You might look for a
    book on registry hacks or search a few registry hack sites. You'll learn
    all kinds of cool things to do in the registry that you can't do elsewhere.
    Just be sure to backup or export anything you're going to change before you
    make the change so you have a way to get back.

    Also, in Windows XP and before, there is a GUI you can download for doing
    the same thing: search for TweakUI. I imagine that there'll be a Vista
    version of TweakUI before too long.

    Dale

    "Tim Draper" <veehexx_dirtyspam@btopenworld.com> wrote in message
    news:cdOdneuWOckXn_bYRVnygQ@bt.com...
    > nail on the head there dale thanks
    > for future knowledge, this surely cant be a common question so how did you
    > find it?
    >
    > tim
    > Dale wrote:
    >> You can try opening registry editor and navigate to
    >>
    >> HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/ShellFolders
    >> and change the path in the Personal entry.
    >>
    >> HTH
    >>
    >> Dale
    >>
    >> "Tim Draper" <veehexx_dirtyspam@btopenworld.com> wrote in message
    >> news:OqmdnTLr9rkmavfYnZ2dnUVZ8qKdnZ2d@bt.com...
    >>> as a rule of thumb, i move the documents folder to another
    >>> partition/drive than the main OS - everytime i reinstall, i dont/cant
    >>> loose the documents folder.
    >>>
    >>> i found out how to change location of the documents folder myself (arent
    >>> i a big clever boy? :P)
    >>> today i move the drive letters around (from 'documents' location on i:\,
    >>> to d:\). however, because i've changed drive letters, i cant seem to
    >>> find where to change 'documents' location anymore.
    >>>
    >>> i'm SURE it was changeable at C:\Users\USER\, right click 'documents',
    >>> and change location. now i've changed drive letters around, the
    >>> 'documents' shortcut has been deleted by the system.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> reason for concern: games.
    >>> some games (especially EA games) stores user details/saved games in
    >>> 'documents' folder. if the system has no reference to 'documents', or
    >>> it's pointing incorrectly to i:\documents\, then its not saving the
    >>> savegame files to disc
    >>>
    >>> so: is there another location, or a registry edit to fix where
    >>> 'documents' is pointing to?
    >>>
    >>> thanks
    >>> tim

    >>



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  6. #6


    Dale Guest

    Re: changing 'documents' location

    Great tip! I hadn't seen that before.

    Dale

    "Richard Urban" <richardurbanREMOVETHIS@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:OXnhRujEHHA.4508@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > Go to Start | User name (in right column - usually at the top) You will
    > see a window with all of your folders.
    >
    > Right click on a folder and go to properties. There is a tab for
    > "location", wherever it may be located. Look for the "move" button from
    > here. Follow the prompts. Doing it this way is the simplest and cleanest
    > way to customize your setup.
    >
    > --
    >
    >
    > Regards,
    >
    > Richard Urban
    > Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
    > (For email, remove the obvious from my address)
    >
    > Quote from George Ankner:
    > If you knew as much as you think you know,
    > You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
    >
    > "Tim Draper" <veehexx_dirtyspam@btopenworld.com> wrote in message
    > news:OqmdnTLr9rkmavfYnZ2dnUVZ8qKdnZ2d@bt.com...
    >> as a rule of thumb, i move the documents folder to another
    >> partition/drive than the main OS - everytime i reinstall, i dont/cant
    >> loose the documents folder.
    >>
    >> i found out how to change location of the documents folder myself (arent
    >> i a big clever boy? :P)
    >> today i move the drive letters around (from 'documents' location on i:\,
    >> to d:\). however, because i've changed drive letters, i cant seem to
    >> find where to change 'documents' location anymore.
    >>
    >> i'm SURE it was changeable at C:\Users\USER\, right click 'documents',
    >> and change location. now i've changed drive letters around, the
    >> 'documents' shortcut has been deleted by the system.
    >>
    >>
    >> reason for concern: games.
    >> some games (especially EA games) stores user details/saved games in
    >> 'documents' folder. if the system has no reference to 'documents', or
    >> it's pointing incorrectly to i:\documents\, then its not saving the
    >> savegame files to disc
    >>
    >> so: is there another location, or a registry edit to fix where
    >> 'documents' is pointing to?
    >>
    >> thanks
    >> tim

    >



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  7. #7


    Richard Urban Guest

    Re: changing 'documents' location

    Thanks!

    The more we use it, the more we learn, the more we share.

    --


    Regards,

    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
    (For email, remove the obvious from my address)

    Quote from George Ankner:
    If you knew as much as you think you know,
    You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!

    "Richard Urban" <richardurbanREMOVETHIS@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:OXnhRujEHHA.4508@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > Go to Start | User name (in right column - usually at the top) You will
    > see a window with all of your folders.
    >
    > Right click on a folder and go to properties. There is a tab for
    > "location", wherever it may be located. Look for the "move" button from
    > here. Follow the prompts. Doing it this way is the simplest and cleanest
    > way to customize your setup.
    >
    > --
    >
    >
    > Regards,
    >
    > Richard Urban
    > Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
    > (For email, remove the obvious from my address)
    >
    > Quote from George Ankner:
    > If you knew as much as you think you know,
    > You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
    >
    > "Tim Draper" <veehexx_dirtyspam@btopenworld.com> wrote in message
    > news:OqmdnTLr9rkmavfYnZ2dnUVZ8qKdnZ2d@bt.com...
    >> as a rule of thumb, i move the documents folder to another
    >> partition/drive than the main OS - everytime i reinstall, i dont/cant
    >> loose the documents folder.
    >>
    >> i found out how to change location of the documents folder myself (arent
    >> i a big clever boy? :P)
    >> today i move the drive letters around (from 'documents' location on i:\,
    >> to d:\). however, because i've changed drive letters, i cant seem to
    >> find where to change 'documents' location anymore.
    >>
    >> i'm SURE it was changeable at C:\Users\USER\, right click 'documents',
    >> and change location. now i've changed drive letters around, the
    >> 'documents' shortcut has been deleted by the system.
    >>
    >>
    >> reason for concern: games.
    >> some games (especially EA games) stores user details/saved games in
    >> 'documents' folder. if the system has no reference to 'documents', or
    >> it's pointing incorrectly to i:\documents\, then its not saving the
    >> savegame files to disc
    >>
    >> so: is there another location, or a registry edit to fix where
    >> 'documents' is pointing to?
    >>
    >> thanks
    >> tim

    >



      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    Tim Draper Guest

    Re: changing 'documents' location

    Richard Urban wrote:
    > Go to Start | User name (in right column - usually at the top) You will
    > see a window with all of your folders.
    >
    > Right click on a folder and go to properties. There is a tab for
    > "location", wherever it may be located. Look for the "move" button from
    > here. Follow the prompts. Doing it this way is the simplest and cleanest
    > way to customize your setup.
    >

    thats the way i did it in the 1st place (not to sound ungrateful of your
    post tho).
    vista must of got confused somehow with me removing all drive letters,
    and then re-assigning them.
    weirdly those options have become available again, so i'm doing it the
    clean way as you sugested

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  9. #9


    Daze N. Knights Guest

    Re: changing 'documents' location

    Thanks!!!

    Richard Urban wrote:
    > Go to Start | User name (in right column - usually at the top) You will
    > see a window with all of your folders.
    >
    > Right click on a folder and go to properties. There is a tab for
    > "location", wherever it may be located. Look for the "move" button from
    > here. Follow the prompts. Doing it this way is the simplest and cleanest
    > way to customize your setup.
    >


    --
    Daze

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