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Remove music and pictures from XP folder redirection

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Portions of this question are from a post I saw somewhere else but were not answered.  I have heavily modified the info to apply exactly to my situation.

Windows Server 2003
Active Directory at Windows 2003 Functional level
Windows XP with SP3

I am redirecting "My Documents" to a share on a file server.
The problem I'm having is that "My Pictures" is being redirected to the
server in a folder under "My Documents".  I want "My Pictures" along with "My Music"
and "My Videos" to point to the local hard drive as we don't have a business
use for these so they shouldn't be saved on the server.  Not only that, they are huge and we don't have room for that but we NEED the redirection of My Docs.

I found this http://windowsxp.mvps.org/redirectfolders.htm and tried to manually set the three
paths to "C:\" in these keys:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell
Folders
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User
Shell Folders
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell
Folders
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User
Shell Folders

"My Music" and "My Video" stay pointed to "C:\", but if I logout and logon,
"My Pictures" keeps pointing back to the server. I've tried deleting my
profile (thinking the setting was stored somewhere else in the profile), but
every time I logon the setting is changed. Is there a way to force "My
Pictures" to point to "C:\"?

I know the standard answer is simply "NO" but there must be a way by now that someone has figured out how to do this.  Any ideas?  Thanks a million!
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by:PaulD77
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It's been awhile since i used Group Policy on Win server 03 but I believe you can set it up via GP.  Is it currently set up in GP? If it is, you should be able to edit where My musi, etc goes.  If you don't have a policy in GP...creat one and name it "My Docs" or something and the settings are....User config, Windows Settings, Folder Redirection...
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by:Daniel Van Der Werken
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I would check HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders and ...\User Shell Folders also.

I see a CommonPictures key in the first one on my system.

I would search the entire registry for "Shell Folders" and see if there are any other places to check this.
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