A folder that is named %homedrive% appears on your Windows 2000 desktop

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SYMPTOMS

If a user tries to access a redirected folder after an administrator uses the Folder Redirection feature in Group Policy, a folder that is named %homedrive% appears on the user’s desktop.

CAUSE

This problem may occur if you install Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, and you use the %homedrive% variable in the path of the redirected folder.

RESOLUTION

Hotfix information A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

Windows 2000 Service Pack 4

Restart requirement

You must restart your computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
Date          Time    Version            Size   File name 
-------------------------------------------------------------- 
30-Jan-2004   01:22   5.0.2195.6895   334,608   Msgina.dll 
09-Jan-2004   01:41   5.0.2195.6888 5,854,720   Sp3res.dll

WORKAROUND

To work around this problem, type the absolute path of the redirected folder. Do not type the %homedrive% variable in the path of the redirected folder. For example, type the path Drive_Letter:\Folder_Name.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section of this article.

MORE INFORMATION

For additional information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
816915 New file naming schema for Microsoft Windows software update packages
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

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Article ID: 834792 - Last Review: October 26, 2006 - Revision: 2.5
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP4
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
Keywords: 
kbautohotfix kbhotfixserver kbqfe kbbug kbfix kbqfe kbwin2000presp5fix KB834792

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