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What item establishes location of a users desktop?

R_Hutch asked
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Last Modified: 2013-12-04
OK...here's wazzup...
    Last weekend sometime, while Windows Vista with SP1 was working but UAC was disabled, possibly, a user's desktop became "C:\Windows\system32\config\systemprofile\Desktop".Now, this user has two desktop folders, 2 favorites, 2, music, 2 pictures and 2 videos. 1 under user\login and 1 under sys32\...userprofile.

changes to the users desktop, with UAC on or off,  changes the ....\userprofile\desktop

other user accounts on same aren't hosed

Also, a grep for values in user's app data folder starts a loop centered around "Application Data" which regens the folder chain outward until the path becomes too long and fails.

A starting point for research please?!?

On a laptop that must be shared, by the way.

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I think the answer might be here.


  Actually, it was a good lead that revealed another situation which the solution to helped tons. That reference pointed to a reset of default locations for various account properties like "documents", "music",..etc. However, properties of those folders didn't reveal a "Locations" tab. A search here found the following which at least resolved major issue, get/keep users' data out of windows\system32\config\systemprofile\desktop(music, pictures, etc.). The following thread:


fixed part of the problem. Once the folder locations for the user's account were restored, a CD boot from a Vista Repair Disk allowed me to completely clean the systemproflie's sub-folders and regain some semblance of "normal". The default desktop and important stuff are repaired. More housekeeping and a coupla annoyances to repair still there.

The biggest relief was getting away from systemprofile which caused a lot of clock ticks, as it's checked by a lot of processes and accumulating garbage was slowing the beast.

I'll leave this open for a bit while I clean up everything, as I've seen a lotta stuff all over about similar problems and maybe nailing all the jelly to one tree will help them.

Good help, gamma
thanks :)
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