"My Pictures" and "My Music" folders are displayed with the standard folder icon

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Article ID: 555077 - View products that this article applies to.
Author: Ramesh Srinivasan MVP
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CAUSE

This behavior can occur when the desktop.ini file in the special folder is missing or it has incorrect entries.

RESOLUTION

To resolve this issue, use the following method:

1.  Click Start, click Run, and then type the following command:

     rundll32 mydocs.dll,PerUserInit
 
2.  Click OK.

[This command line parameter is case-sensitive, and the command has no return value. The user will not notified if the command has successfully executed or not]

MORE INFORMATION

The Desktop.ini file is a text file that allows you to specify how a file system folder will be viewed. The "IconFile" and "IconIndex" values in the Desktop.ini file determines the folder icons. The above command reinitializes the My Documents, My Pictures and My Music folders [per-user basis] and recreates the Desktop.ini file in these special folders.

NOTE: This command also restores the missing "My Documents" shortcut in the "Send To" menu.

In addition to customizing the folder icons, the Desktop.ini file allows much more customizations for folders. For more information on folder customizations, please refer to the following Customizing Folders with Desktop.ini article on the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Web site:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/shellcc/platform/shell/programmersguide/shell_basics/shell_basics_extending/custom.asp

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Article ID: 555077 - Last Review: March 20, 2004 - Revision: 1.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • unknown KMS 9471
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