My Documents folder name varies in Roaming Profiles

Posted on 2007-04-06
Last Modified: 2011-10-03
We are using Roaming Profiles with our laptop users. We have noticed different syntax for the My Documents folder name. Some users have their username followed by an apostrophy 's'  preceding the word "Documents" (jsmith's Documents) and others simply have My Documents in their profile. Does anyone know why this happens? We've been having fits with Roaming Profiles and we're wondering if this is an indication of a problem. Desktop users have their My documents redirected, laptop users do not now but we have found some that did. We have a Win2003 R2 server environment, AD, Domain, with XP SP2 on the laptops.

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Nope..  this is common and has nothing to do with Roaming Profiles...  in fact, on my non-domain laptop, I have 2 user accounts setup, and each is different, as you are experiencing..

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It happens because of the hidden 'desktop.ini' file... Windows uses that file (located in the respective directories) to display folders, files, and icons a certain way (like how your Recycle Bin folder has the trash can instead of a yellow folder) within the Explorer Shell.

Deleting them will restore the standard 'My Documents', 'My Music', etc but you will change any custom folder icons from the neat little graphic to a standard folder... amongst other things, so delete at your discretion.
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Nice explanation, Lime...  

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Thanks... that was a problem that perplexed me with one of our user's desktop.  Some how he put a picture within the background of his Windows Explorer and wanted to remove it.  The desktop.ini file stored that info which is how I stumbled onto the folder icon/My Documents differences.
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Been doing this for a while, and it is great to learn something new that I have not had any reason to research!  good job!

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