Cannot rename rename a folder


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Beemer

I have been trying to sort out "My documents" and related shell folders
with two hard drives each with three partitions.

After reading all the web posts I to have a better understanding of the
way XP Prof makes and uses the shell folders.

However, when in Windows Explorer I look at the bottom of the folder
tree I see a folder called "Beemer's documents" (but with my real first
name and including the apostrophe). I cannot delete or rename this and
I can find no reference to "Beemer's documents" in the registry. When I
use XP search only this same folder is found.

What could be causing this?

Beemer
 
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Beemer

I have been trying to sort out "My documents" and related shell folders
with two hard drives each with three partitions.

After reading all the web posts I to have a better understanding of the
way XP Prof makes and uses the shell folders.

However, when in Windows Explorer I look at the bottom of the folder
tree I see a folder called "Beemer's documents" (but with my real first
name and including the apostrophe). I cannot delete or rename this and
I can find no reference to "Beemer's documents" in the registry. When I
I should added that in properties/general.. folder of "Beemer's
Documents" I see a greyed out "My documents" name

Beemer
 
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george

As you may have guessed by now, this is just another shortcut to the My
Documents folder, only this time prefixed by the username this particular
"My Documents" structure belongs to.
Therefore this will usually be a shortcut to within the "Documents and
Settings\<username>\My Documents" structure.
(In my own case it is a shortcut to D:\Data\My Documents, because I chose to
relocate my own My Documents onto my data-drive, for easy one-stop-shop
backup.)
You won't find a direct reference to the actual "<username>'s Documents" in
the registry, because more often then not registry entries are kept as
flexible as possible using what is known as variables. Normally, when
reference to a userid is wanted in the registry, the variable named
%username% is employed.
If a reference needs to be made to the path where this is kept, the variable
named %userprofile% is used.
In this particular case the reference in the registry that comes out as
Beemer's Documents is made to "%s's Documents".
Furthermore, My Documents is a typical 'system type' folder and monkeying
around with it (deleting or renaming) can produce some unexpected results,
like not being able to, ending up with a renamed one and a new one that's
again called My Documents and is empty, and all sorts of other funnies.
Renaming the term that is displayed on the desktop has no great impact
because it is just that, a display name, and nothing else.

hth clarify some of your questions

george
 
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Sharon F

I should added that in properties/general.. folder of "Beemer's
Documents" I see a greyed out "My documents" name
Everything you describe is normal for that item. Leave the folder alone.
Think of it (and use it ) as another shortcut to the My Documents folder
for your user account.
 
B

Beemer

As you may have guessed by now, this is just another shortcut to the My
Documents folder, only this time prefixed by the username this particular
"My Documents" structure belongs to.
Therefore this will usually be a shortcut to within the "Documents and
Settings\<username>\My Documents" structure.
(In my own case it is a shortcut to D:\Data\My Documents, because I chose to
relocate my own My Documents onto my data-drive, for easy one-stop-shop
backup.)
You won't find a direct reference to the actual "<username>'s Documents" in
the registry, because more often then not registry entries are kept as
George,

Thanks for taking the time to explain this. I have returned all MyDoc
to default then just dragged the MyMus and MyPhot to a different drive

regards,

Beemer
 
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george

Actually, dragging wasn't necessary, because if you look at the properties
of the My Documents on the desktop you get the option to enter another
location for storage and the lot will be moved there.

george
 
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Beemer

Sharon,

Yes eventually learned this although having an "unresolvable" name in
the registry or anywhere else was disconcerting

Cheers

Beemer's 8:)
 
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Sharon F

Sharon,

Yes eventually learned this although having an "unresolvable" name in
the registry or anywhere else was disconcerting
I understand. It's been several years now (hard to believe XP is 3 years
old now) but I can remember seeing all of those seemingly multiple
Documents folders for the first time too.
 

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