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NoticeThis article applies to Windows 2000. Support for Windows 2000 ends on July 13, 2010. The Windows 2000 End-of-Support Solution Center
(https://support.microsoft.com/?scid=http%3a%2f%2fsupport.microsoft.com%2fwin2000)is a starting point for planning your migration strategy from Windows 2000. For more information see the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy
In Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, you can implement System Policies to change the location of the your Startup Folder, Desktop, Start Menu, or Network Neighborhood folders from the default location. In Windows 2000, you can use the Group Policy Editor. The custom folders option in Policy Editor has been replaced with Folder Redirection in Windows 2000.
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ )How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
In Windows 2000, you can change the location of the following items:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
The following example demonstrates how to change the location of the Desktop folder by using Folder Redirection:
Name: AppData Type: REG_EXPAND_SZ Data: %USERPROFILE%\Application Data Name: Desktop Type: REG_EXPAND_SZ Data: %USERPROFILE%\Desktop Name: Personal Type: REG_EXPAND_SZ Data: %USERPROFILE%\My Documents Name: My Pictures Type: REG_EXPAND_SZ Data: %USERPROFILE%\My Documents\My Pictures Name: Start Menu Type: REG_EXPAND_SZ Data: %USERPROFILE%\Start Menu
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/227302/EN-US/ )Using SECEDIT to Force a Group Policy Refresh Immediately
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/232692/EN-US/ )Folder Redirection Feature in Windows
Article ID: 242557 - Last Review: March 22, 2007 - Revision: 3.7