The link for the Documents folder may be redirected to the Desktop folder on a Windows Vista-based computer

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SYMPTOMS

Consider the following scenario. On a Windows Vista-based computer, you manually configure the redirection feature for the Documents folder and for the Desktop folder. Or, you use Group Policy to configure the redirection feature for these two folders. The target folder names for these two folders are identical. In this scenario, the link for the Documents folder may be redirected to the Desktop folder. Additionally, when you check the Links folder, you find that the target folder for the Documents folder shortcut is the Desktop folder.

RESOLUTION

Service pack information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows Vista. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
935791 How to obtain the latest Windows Vista service pack

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. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

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, contact 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

To apply this hotfix, you must have Windows Vista installed.

Restart requirement

You have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

Registry information

To use one of the hotfixes in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) 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 item in Control Panel.
Windows Vista, x86-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Update.mumNot Applicable26,83814-Aug-200714:03Not Applicable
X86_microsoft-windows-shell32_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20660_none_6a8ba7952e23a717.manifestNot Applicable975,77214-Aug-200714:03Not Applicable
Shell32-ppdlic.xrm-msNot Applicable3,15014-Aug-200702:10Not Applicable
Shell32.dll6.0.6000.2066011,315,20014-Aug-200702:23x86
Windows Vista, x64-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Amd64_microsoft-windows-shell32_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20660_none_c6aa4318e681184d.manifestNot Applicable977,91914-Aug-200714:13Not Applicable
Update.mumNot Applicable27,34714-Aug-200714:03Not Applicable
Wow64_microsoft-windows-shell32_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20660_none_d0feed6b1ae1da48.manifestNot Applicable968,81914-Aug-200714:13Not Applicable
Shell32-ppdlic.xrm-msNot Applicable3,15014-Aug-200703:04Not Applicable
Shell32.dll6.0.6000.2066012,783,61614-Aug-200704:39x64
Shell32.dll6.0.6000.2066011,315,20014-Aug-200702:23x86

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Windows Vista Service Pack 1.

MORE INFORMATION

Steps to reproduce the problem

  1. Click Start
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     Start button
    , and then click UserName.
  2. Right-click Desktop, and then click Properties.
  3. In the Desktop Properties dialog box, click the Location tab, and then change the location to C:\Desktop\UserName.
  4. Right-click Documents, and then click Properties.
  5. In the Documents Properties dialog box, change the location to C:\Documents\UserName.

    Note The target folder names for the Desktop folder and for the Documents folder are identical.
  6. Double-click the Links folder, and then double-click Documents.

    Or, in Windows Explorer, click Documents under Favorite Links.

    Note You notice that the Desktop folder opens.
  7. In the Links folder, right-click Documents, and then click Properties. Examine the target folder for the Documents folder shortcut.
    Note You find that the target folder for the Documents folder shortcut is the Desktop folder.
For more information about Folder Redirection feature in Windows, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
232692 Folder Redirection feature in Windows
For more information about Folder Redirection, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/2b24872a-05ca-41be-9887-33acc87a20561033.mspx?mfr=true
For more information about the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates , click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
For help with common system maintenance tasks in Windows Vista, visit the following Microsoft Web page:
Fix problems with common system maintenance tasks

Properties

Article ID: 939021 - Last Review: October 8, 2011 - Revision: 3.0
APPLIES TO
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Starter
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition
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