How can I move the favorites (IE favorites) via GPO

Posted on 2006-06-07
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
I want to know how I can move the favorites by GPO. I'm trying to go with the folder direction....
Do you have a solution for me ?
Question by:michael_plante
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    This setting is stored in the registry key

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders\Favorites

    To modify this through a GPO you will have to write a custom .adm and import it into your console.

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    to you have a sample of how I can made an .adm file ?
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    I was working on an adm for you to change this, but when testing I notice that IE changes that registry key back when you open it.  Here is a copy of the ADM to change that setting, however, you will have to figure out why/how IE is changing the key.

    Just take the text below and save it to an txt file with a .adm extension.  (change the "VALUEON" line to set the actual location you want.)


    CATEGORY !!Area
    POLICY !!Move_Favorites
    KEYNAME "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders"
    EXPLAIN !!Move_Favorites_explain
    VALUENAME "Favorites"
    VALUEON "%systemdrive%\%username%\favorites"
    VALUEOFF "%userprofile%\favorites"

    Move_Favorites="Disable saving internal contacts to Frequent Contacts"
    Move_Favorites_explain="This setting will move the Favorites folder to  If this policy is not configured no settings will be changed and whatever is currently set will remain.  This policy will not remove itself by simply removing the policy.  If you wish to reverse the setting you will have to change the policy."
    Area="IE Favorites Location"

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