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Change the path of Quick Launch folder

In Windows XP, one can change the path of a profile, but I would like to be able to change the path of the Quick Launch folder, independent of the user's profile.  So the question is how to do this.

FYI, the usual path is  %userprofile%\application data\microsoft\internet explorer\quick launch\

I want to make it %userprofile%\start menu\quick launch
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mraeryceosAuthor Commented:
I've tried using a hex editor to alter the local sytem SOFTWARE hive file, where I found mention of this path, but the path string was not all together and neat, so how I replaced it is dubious.  The result was that my system would not boot, so I restored the original.

In the registry where I found mention of the Quick Launch path:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Streams\Desktop]
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JBlondCommented:

  • Create the new quick launch folder in %userprofile%\start menu
  • Move every file from the original folder to the new folder
  • Download and install Junction Link Magic (http://www.rekenwonder.com/linkmagic.htm)
  • Start it and create a junction link from the old folder to the new folder
That way, you don't break to functionality of the quick launch folder, because if an application create a link in quick launch, it automatically is created in the new location.
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mraeryceosAuthor Commented:
"Create" remained greyed out (see attachment), as I used Junction Link Magic.
create-junction-point.jpg
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JBlondCommented:
Sorry, do it vice versa!

Start it and create a junction link from the NEW folder to the OLD folder
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JBlondCommented:
The host folder (left side) is the old folder and has to be empty. The target folder (right side) is the new folder.
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JBlondCommented:
Maybe the old Quick launch-folder contains hidden files, so that you cannot create the junction. In that case simply delete the folder and create a new folder with the same name.
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mraeryceosAuthor Commented:
The "Create" button is still greyed out.
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mraeryceosAuthor Commented:
Sorry, I didn't see your new messages... will go try with empty folders
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mraeryceosAuthor Commented:
Ok, the host folder had to be empty, and there was a desktop.ini file I had to delete.  Junction made.
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