Folder Redirection Operation Is Unsuccessful When You Rename the User

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When you use the Folder Redirection feature in Microsoft Windows XP, and you use the user name as part of the share name (such as "\\server\%username%$\Documents" for the My Documents folder), and then you rename the user, the folder-redirection operation is unsuccessful.
This issue occurs when the new path is not used by the folder-redirection process because the user name (used as part of the share name) has been changed. In this scenario, the Folder Redirection engine treats the share as a folder, and it tries to rename the share. However, because a share cannot be renamed, the operation is unsuccessful.

Service pack information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Windows XP. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389 How to obtain the latest Windows XP 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: 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.


To install this hotfix, you must have Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) installed on your computer.

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.
Windows XP
Date         Time   Version         Size    File name ------------------------------------------------------- 23-Sep-2003  18:25  5.1.2600.1275   68,096  Fdeploy.dll
Windows XP 64-Bit Edition, Version 2002
Date         Time   Version        Size     File name     Platform ------------------------------------------------------------------ 23-Sep-2003  15:41  5.1.2600.1275  203,264  Fdeploy.dll   IA-64 22-Sep-2003  22:11  5.1.2600.1275   68,096  Wfdeploy.dll  x86
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2.
For additional information about folder redirection, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
232692Folder Redirection Feature in Windows
You can perform folder redirection by using Group Policy. For additional information about how to use Group Policy, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
307882HOW TO: Use the Group Policy Editor to Manage Local Computer Policy in Windows XP

Article ID: 827059 - Last Review: 02/27/2014 21:19:48 - Revision: 6.0

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