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Change default 'save as' location for OS- URGENT!

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Need to change the default save location to a different path than the 'my documents' location.  

No, I do NOT want to redirect the path of the my docs folder, I want to make the default save location a network path \\serverx\share.  I do still wish to have the my docs folder, in a different location, just not the default save as location.

No, this is not for Office.  I want the general OS to point to a save as location, as we use a number of apps that need to be affected, including (but not limited to) Office 2003, Internet Explorer, & Acrobat.

This is URGENT, so 500 points goes to the winner!
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You should find your answer in these keys:

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

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders\Personal

To make this permanent for all users, use regedt32 and load the HKEY_USER hive from a reference machine then change the keys above under HKEY_USER.  Once done, use that PC as your reference image.  Make sure to use the variables %USERNAME% when doing this and your folders must match the username as well.

If this isn't going to work, then use a logon script and change the HKEY_CURRENT_USER keys instead.

regedit /s {path to .reg file}

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The reg hacks from Netman66 did not work...

Any others?
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Can you explain which keys you modified?  This does work as we do this on our images on occasion.

Did you reboot after the change?

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Sorry, Netman66, some comments:
* The registry changes you're suggesting will do exactly what the redirection of the "My Documents" folder does.
* Changing the values in "User Shell Folders" would do the trick; "Shell Folders" is just a copy of "User Shell Folders" with expanded variables (note that the values under "Shell Folders" are REG_SZ, which means environment variables won't be expanded, whereas the ones in User Shell Folders are REG_EXPAND_SZ). Just change a value only under "Shell Folders", log off, log back on, and it will be set to the value found in "User Shell Folders". No, I have no idea what "Shell Folders" is for.
* Changing the settings under HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT won't work; this is just the setting for the System account. To make that permanent for new users, you'd have to load ntuser.dat from the C:\document and settings\Default user, and change the path there.
* Logging off and back on should be enough for this change to apply.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand.
drakba, I'm afraid you'll have to follow Netman66's suggestion about redirecting the "My Documents" folder. I'm aware that's not what you want to hear, but there is absolutely NO "general OS default save location". It's completely dependent on the application where it points to for storing data. This information can be kept in the registry, in an ini file, can be created at runtime, and whatever else the programmer might come up with.
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