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SetCurrentDirectory question

Posted on 2001-06-26
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Hi,
I need to change the current directory to "My Computer".
How do I do that ?

Yoav.
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by:jacobkristensen
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Have you tried the SetCurrentDirectory(LPCTSTR lpPathName) - method?
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"My Computer" is not a directory so SetCurrentDirectory() can't be used.  "My Computer" is a figment of the Windows Shell's imagination.  In other words, it's a VIRTUAL FOLDER that only exists because the shell creates it to look like one.

The only things that can operate on this are things that work via the Windows shell.  If you're unfamiliar with Shell programming, I'd suggest Dino Esposito's book, Visual C++ Windows Shell Programming from WROX Press.

Basically, you use the SHGetDesktopFolder() API to access the "My Computer" contents.
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by:Axter
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I haven't tried this, so I don't know if it will work.
But you could try using the name of your computer.
Example:
If your computer's name is "Devolp32" then you could try the following:
SetCurrentDirectory("\\Devolp32\");
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by:jhance
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SetCurrentDirectory() only works on file system object.  The "My Computer" is a Windows shell object and will not appear in the filesystem.  You also cannot set the current directory to "\\Computername".  This is invalid...
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