How to change default desktop folder location on Windows 7

See it here How to change default desktop folder location on Windows Vista – Super User

In brief steps:

  1. Open user folder (C:\Users\<user name>).
  2. Open Properties page for ‘Desktop’ folder.
  3. Choose tab Location.
  4. Enter the new location for your Desktop, called NewLocaiton.
    (your Desktop folder now no longer resides inside the user folder, it lies in the path NewLocaiton you’ve entered)
  5. Done.

Hope that helps!


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Fred on July 15, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Hi Nam

    This procedure works fine, would you know how to script this ? I need to relocate the Desktop of my users on their network drive in the user logon script …

    changing the registry at runtime doesnt work, i tried these keys : HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders\Desktop
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders\Desktop

    thanks for any hint


    • Posted by Nam Gi VU on October 17, 2010 at 3:53 PM

      Sorry for the very late reply. I didn’t know you post me a reply! I must have missed some settings in my blog – must have a look at it right now.

      About your request, I’m not sure how to script that. You can post your question on


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