Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Change My Documents

Ability to change the My Documents path is restricted.

This setting can restrict the ability to change the current path of My Documents folder.

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Every user on a computer has some files and folders of personal use. The my documents folder is the users personal folder where he normally saves all his documents, pictures, music and other personal files. If more than one user account is created on the computer, windows creates the my documents folder for each account. This setting disables the users ability to change the default location/path of the my documents folder. The user can invoke the my documents properties dialog by right-clicking the folder, but the access to change the folder location is denied. For this, go to start > run menu, enter regedit and navigate to the registry path listed below. You can create a dword value disablepersonaldirchange, if this value does not exist. Now, right-click and modify the value to 1 which can restrict change in folder path. However, if you want to enable the changes, delete the value name disablepersonaldirchange. The changes take effect after a restart or logoff.

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Registry Entries

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·         Path: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\]

·         Location: Current User

·         Value Name: DisablePersonalDirChange

·         Data Type: DWORD (DWORD Value)

·         Enabled Value: 1

·         Disabled Value: 0

·         Action Type: Add an Entry


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First, click the Start button, and select Run. In the resulting dialog box, type "regedit"


Second, go to [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\] and create a DWORD value "DisablePersonalDirChange.


Third, right-click on "DisablePersonalDirChange" and select 'Modify'.


Finally, set the "Value Data" to 1in the textbox provided and click on 'OK' to enable