If you are on a domain that has your Documents folder being re-directed to the server, you can do the following to disable the documents folder redirection so you can path it to where you like, like on a local secondary hard drive or to another network location. Warning! The following will permanently disable your systems ability to auto redirect your documents folder using the servers profile settings. You will have to manually change the documents path if you want your documents folder to be re-directed back to the server. This may also be against your networks policies & it involves registry editing so continue at your own risk!

1. O.k., First off login to your domain account. Next, locate C:\Windows\System32\fde.dll and C:\Windows\System32\fdeploy.dll. Open each file in a simple text editor like notepad and erase the contents of the files and save them as empty files.

2. Start Regedit & do a search for fde.dll & fdeploy.dll and delete the keys (folders on the left side of the Registry window). There should be about 3-5 for each one depending on your systems setup.

3. Next locate HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\ and delete the string DisblePersonalDirChange.

4. Close Regedit, open the Task Manager, and end task on each explorer.exe process, until the start bar disappears(shell). Now in the Task Manager, choose File, New Task (Run…) and in the dialog box the opens type explorer and click O.K.

5. Now right click on your My Documents folder, properties, and write down the current target path. You will need this to redirect your documents back to the server later if you choose. You can now click Move and select a location on your system for your documents folder. The default windows setting usually will be something like C:\Documents and Settings\Username\My Documents for Windows XP or C:\Users\Username on Windows Vista/7. You will be prompted to move your documents to the new location. I usually say no, do step 6, make sure everything is working good and then manually move my files.

6. Reboot your system and check to see make sure your documents folder still points to your selected path and has not been reset by the server. If everything looks good you can move your files to their new home from the the old location on the server to their new home in your selected path.

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