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Windows Explorer defaults to wrong user folder

by cappy579 / February 20, 2013 1:42 AM PST

I used to be able to right-click the start menu and select "Explorer" - it would open to the c:\Documents and Settings\JohnDoe folder.

Somehow, it got changed to c:\Documents and Settings\Default User\JohnDoe.

I'd really like to change it back so it again goes to the correct user folder by right-clicking the START > Explore menu, but I have been unable to find how to do that.

Thank you kindly, for your help!

-- J

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Should be a common problem.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 20, 2013 1:52 AM PST
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Thank you for responding.
by cappy579 / February 20, 2013 3:56 AM PST

I apologize, I neglected to mention: most "solutions" say to go to the "Accessories" folder and alter the target under properties. I have two problems with that:

1. On my Windows, there is no "Windows Explorer" selection in my Accessories folder (or any link to it in any folders). I honestly don't know why that is the case, but it is. I'm sure I could fix THAT fairly easily.

2. I will continue searching, but what I really want to do is restore it to where I can right-click "START" then select "Explore" and have it open to my username folder (c:\Documents and Settings\JohnDoe) INSTEAD of the "c:\Documents and Settings\Default User\JohnDoe" folder.

I don't know if this will involve editing the registry, or using a "tweak" or 3rd party utility. It's just that searching the 'net for a solution has become increasingly frustrating with the proliferation of "useless" web sites that dance around the problem without actually specifically addressing it.

Again, I do appreciate your response! Thank you!

- J

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Item 1 is another common problem.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 20, 2013 4:06 AM PST

That menu and folder is just a folder of "shortcuts". So you can fix that if you want by adding Explorer to that menu. In case you forgot how, here's an article on that. ->

In case the group is missing, read

2. I didn't supply any advice about registry editing but it's a good skill to learn.

You bring up a good point. That is, has this OS failed to keep up with today's owners? That is, should every item have a menu to fix it or be so locked down that nothing could possibly go wrong possibly go wrong?

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