IE Favorites no longer work



Hi Group,

I inadvertantly moved (instead of copying) my favorites folder (The Star
Shaped Folder) from it's normal location which is the "C/Documents and
settings/{My Name}" folder onto the desktop, I realised my mistake when I
found that I was unable to add to, edit or access my favorites within
Internet Explorer. I moved the favorites icon back where I got it from but
found that the favorites still do not work, that is to say that when I click
Add to Favorites or Organize Favorites nothing happens, sorta like clicking
on air. I Can click on the favorites folder it's self and it will open, all
my favorites are still within the favorites folder, Ramesh (Microsoft MVP)
offered a solution by moving the favorites folder from my desktop into the
%Userprofile% folder but it didnt work, by the way, Thank you for your
suggestion Ramesh, any other suggestions would be appriciated, anything is
better than re-installing windows and all this software and trying to locate
all my serial numbers again.

Thanks for listening to me whine about a self generated problem everyone.


Jon Kennedy

Use Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) to correct the Favorites entry under the
following registry keys. Change the Favorites entries to point to the
correct location of the Windows\Favorites folder.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Explorer\Shell

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Explorer\User
Shell folders

Version\Explorer\Shell folders

HKEY_USERS\.default\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Explorer\User
Shell folders

If no joy, in IE use File...Import/Export to export your favorites to a
file, delete the Favorites folder that may be damaged, then reboot to
recreate that folder then import your Favorites back into the new folder.

More info:

Ramesh, MS-MVP


It has to be a Move operation (not Copy). CTRL+X and then CTRL+V in the
destination folder should have updated the user shell folder registry paths.
If not, you need to edit the registry, per Jon's advice.

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