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Directing new software into mapped home directory

We use Novell NetWare 4.8 as our directory service and Windows 2000 Pro on our machines. We do not have Active Directory. We want to redirect the Application Data folder in C:Documents and Settingsuser for all of our users.

What we want is when we install a software program for a user, instead of the applications information going to the C:Documents and SettingsuserApplication Data folder, we want it to go straight to S:Windows NT 5.0 Workstation ProfileApplication Data folder, S: being the users mapped home directory, which is mapped for all our users via a login script with NetWare.

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Using your logon script, change the path in the HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders. The REG_EXPAND_SZ value is AppData. Don't forget to copy the user's existing Application Data folder to the new location.

This was first published in July 2003

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