Default Save As Directory changes after logoff

We recently rolled out several Windows XP workstations with Office 2003 (prior stations were Win2kPro, Office XP).  Users can change the save as directory with no problem, and the setting is remembered the next time they go to save a file.  However, once a log off or restart occurs, the default directory goes back to My Documents.  

For example, we have a user who saves PDF's that are opened from a web app in IE.  When she goes to save the PDF (either with the Adobe "Save Copy" or via File\Save As), the save directory comes up the first time as My Documents.  She switches to the directory she wants, and she is good to go for the rest of the day (or until she logs out and back in).  

This was not an issue with the prior Win2k machines.  The directory was remembered regardless of login/logoff.  Is there a setting somewhere that I can change to make this happen with XP?

Thanks so much!

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By default, most programs go to whatever the My Documents location is. It always worked this way for me in previous operating systems as well. Are you sure in Win2k that you didn't change the location for documents, such as "Personal" in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders and HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders?

Also, in Office apps, you can change the default location. In Word it's under Tools|Options -> File Locations Tab, and location for "Documents".
In Excel it's on the General tab of Tools|Options.

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tsbjaxAuthor Commented:
At this point, I'm not sure of anything; it's been a long day...ha!

I did not personally change those registry settings, but it is possible that someone else could have without authorization.  

I will check that out.

Thanks for your quick reply and help.

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