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By: Michael Kahn       
Date: Oct 02,2003 at 00:53
In Response to: My My:-) (Steve Rawling)

> and would dearly love to replace 'program files' with 'programs'
> 'Application Data' with 'apps'. and all those spaces created by various
> applications' auto installations, but consider it wiser to leave them be.

I simply install all of my software, except for M$ Office, on my D drive in directory names of my choosing.

> My quesion is why do they need to be placed in a branch of the directory
> which contains the OS? There must be some gain.

Why must there be some gain? Unless you count trying to hide it so that user won't mess with it. These clowns are just following M$'s lead.

> I wonder if there is any setting in the registry which has something like
> %documents%= My Documents. I'll have a look

Don't recall where I found the following:
John Savill / November 13, 2000
Q. How can I move the My Documents and My Pictures folders?

A. You can change where the My Documents and My Pictures shortcuts point to
by performing the following steps:

1. Start regedit.exe.
2. Go to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\UserShell Folders.

3. Double-click Personal (for My Documents) and change the value.

4. Double-click My Pictures and change the value.

5. Close regedit.

6. Log off and restart the machine for the change to take effect.

You can also redirect these folders using a Group Policy Object (GPO)--look
under User Configuration, Windows Settings, Folder Redirection. Right-click
a folder, and select its redirection.

Another method to move the My Documents is as follows:

On the Desktop right click the The My Documents Folder Icon
Select Properties
Click Move, and select your new location

Everything is moved automatically, including the My Picture Reference.

> I rememeber you saying that you change My Computer to Local, but that
> would also require some changes to the registry , yes?

No registry hack needed, just rename the icon. I also renamed "My Network Places" to "Network".


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