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In Windows 2000, you can change the location of the following items:
- Application Data.
- My Documents folder.
- My Pictures folder.
- Start menu.
Name: AppDataType: REG_EXPAND_SZData: %USERPROFILE%\Application DataName: DesktopType: REG_EXPAND_SZData: %USERPROFILE%\DesktopName: PersonalType: REG_EXPAND_SZData: %USERPROFILE%\My DocumentsName: My PicturesType: REG_EXPAND_SZData: %USERPROFILE%\My Documents\My PicturesName: Start MenuType: REG_EXPAND_SZData: %USERPROFILE%\Start MenuThe following example demonstrates how to change the location of the Desktop folder by using Folder Redirection:
- Click Start, point to Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Users and Computers.
- Right-click Domain, and then click Properties.
- Click the Group Policies tab, click Default Domain Policy, and then click Edit.
- When Group Policies starts, click User Configuration, click Windows Settings, and then click Folder Redirection.
- Right-click Desktop Folder, and then click Properties.
- You can now configure the location of the Desktop folder. In the Settings box, click Advanced - Specify the location for various user groups, and then click Add.
- Click the Browse button next to the Security Group Membership box, and then click a group from the domain list.
- Click Target Location Folder, and then use a UNC path to the location where you want the Desktop folder to be located.
- Click the Settings tab. By default, both of the following settings are enabled:
- When enabled, the Grant the user exclusive rights to Desktop check box sets permissions on the folder for the User and System to full permissions. If you click to clear the check box, no change is made to the permissions on the folder.
- When enabled, the Move the contents of Desktop to the new location check box moves the contents to the new location. If you click to clear the check box, then the contents remain where they are.
- In the Policy Removal box, click either Leave the folder in the new location when the policy is removed, or Redirect the folder back to the local userprofile location when the policy is removed. By default, the first option is selected.
- Click Apply, click OK, and then quit Group Policy Editor
- Log off the administrator account, and then log on again.
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Article ID: 242557 - Last Review: Jul 11, 2017 - Revision: 4