If you haven't already created the folders you want to be Public Music &
Public Pictures on your D: drive, do so. Make sure you give all users
Close all explorer windows.
Start Search -> type: regedit -> right-click RegEdit & select 'Run as
"HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ex plorer\User Shell Folders"
In the right-hand pane, edit the values named CommonMusic & CommonPictures,
typing the path to your new folders.
Logoff, Shutdown & restart the computer.
To check your reassignment & assign custom icons, open the 'Run...' dialog
<WinKey+R> and type the following:
should open to your new public music folder. Likewise for
In your G:\Users\Public' folder, 'Public Music' & 'Public Pictures' will
still appear, but they are ordinary folders now, as evidenced by the lack of
a 'Location' tab in their properties dialog. They can be deleted.
If you want users to be able to navigate to your new folders via the Public
folder, open a command prompt window and type the following:
mklink /J "Public Pictures" "<pathToNewPublicPics>"
mklink /J "Public Music" "<pathToNewPublicMusic>"
Microsoft MVP [Windows XP Shell/User]
"Rob Jas" <Rob Jas@discussions.microsoft.com
> wrote in message
>I have a C-drive (160GB) for my programs and a D-drive (400GB) for my
> pictures, music etc...
> I want to save my pictures and music in the public file for pictures and
> music. However this file is per definition on the C-drive and I cannot
> the location. I have tried to do so by using Properties/Location. It is
> possible to change the location.
> What is the best procedure to follow to get my music and pictures on the
> D-drive for public access?