Change My Documents / Music / Pictures path?

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Infopackets Reader Brandon 'SpongeBoob' writes:

" Dear Dennis,

I have 2 hard drive partitions: the C drive, and the D drive. I always keep my data stuff like music, photos, and other downloaded files onto the D drive. I recently decided to format and reinstall Windows on my computer. When I click on start menu, is there a way to link the My Music and My Pictures folders to d:\my music and d:\my pictures (respectively)? I don't seem to be given the choice on whether I can change the targets. Any ideas? "

My response:

The folders you are referring to are called Shell Folders.

According to, "shell folders are special folders that Windows uses to indicate the default location for many types of settings and data. Shell folders may be moved in a [number of ways, including TweakUI for XP, or by implementing a registry hack]."

TweakUI for Windows XP can be obtained through our site:

As described by, the registry hack entails:

  1. Click Start -> Run, and type in "regedit" (no quotes) and press enter on the keyboard.
  2. RegEdit will appear. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ Shell Folders.
  3. Right click on the folders you want to change and select Modify.
  4. Change the path of your folder to the new path (example: d:\my music).
  5. Reboot your computer.

Side Note: If you modify the registry and change a path of a folder, you will have to move the folder to that location after you reboot the machine. And don't forget -- always make a backup of your registry before making changes to it!

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