IE9 default 'save to' directory

Posted on 2011-10-25
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I manage hundreds of public computers.  I need a way to change the default "Save" location either with Group Policy or a script for IE9 on Windows 7 32 bit.

I have tried adding the  [Download Directory] registry key to [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\] but this does not seem to be working for IE9.  

Any help is appreciated.
Question by:cadlkid
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    by:Gary Coltharp
    Have a look here.... you can manage a load of settings for IE 9 with group policy


    Author Comment

    Can you point to exactly where this setting is in Group Policy?  I have scoured this and can't find it.

    Thank you.
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    by:Gary Coltharp
    You have to follow that link, download the administrative template and install it.
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    Expert Comment

    Specify Default IE Download Directory

    I don't remember if this was in the ADMX file, but the above method can easily be scripted/GPP'ed into GPO....

    Author Comment

    Thanks for your input John.   Unfortunately that method no longer works in IE9.  That was how I was setting the default location for IE7 and IE8 but it does not work for any of my IE9 computers.  Any other suggestions?
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    I had thought that it did still work... My bad....

    This does work though, tested ok....

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

    The value is "{374DE290-123F-4565-9164-39C4925E467B}" that needs to be updated to the proper path.....

    This is the Legacy Shell Folders key, update it here too....

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

    Batch code format.....

    reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders" /v "{374DE290-123F-4565-9164-39C4925E467B}" /t reg_expand_sz /d "%userprofile%\Desktop\Downloads" /f
    reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders" /v "{374DE290-123F-4565-9164-39C4925E467B}" /t reg_expand_sz /d "%userprofile%\Desktop\Downloads" /f


    Author Comment

    You the man John! In my initial testing it looks like adding these keys worked!  I'll know more when I implement this on a wide scale basis.  I am accepting this as the answer.

    Thanks for your help!

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