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User Shell Folders

User-Shell-FoldersThe windows operating system stores user profile information in a User Shell Folders. Windows stores the location of per-user special folders under the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

Name Default PathDescription
appdata%userprofile%\appdata\roamingApplication-specific data.
cache%userprofile%\appdata\local\microsoft\windows\temporary internet filesSave temporary files folder of internet explorer
cookies%userprofile%\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\cookiesWindows internet explorer cookies.
desktop%userprofile%\desktopShortcuts to display on the desktop.
favorites%userprofile%\favoritesLinks to favorite websites.
history%userprofile%\appdata\local\microsoft\windows\historyInternet explorer history.
local appdata%userprofile%\appdata\localApplication settings and data that do not roam with the profile. Usually either machine specific, or too large to roam effectively.
my music%userprofile%\musicDefault location for users music.
my pictures%userprofile%\picturesDefault location for users pictures.
nethood%userprofile%\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\network shortcutsShortcuts to network neighborhood items.
personal%userprofile%\documentsThe new default location for any documents that the user creates
printhood%userprofile%\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\printer shortcutsShortcuts to printer folder items.
programs%userprofile%\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\start menu\programsUser-specific programs directory
recent%userprofile%\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\recentShortcuts to the most recently used documents.
sendto%userprofile%\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\sendtoShortcuts to locations to which the user often sends files.
start menu%userprofile%\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\start menuMenu items for the start menu.
startup%userprofile%\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\start menu\programs\startupPrograms or shortcuts placed in the startup folder will run whenever windows starts
templates%userprofile%\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\templatesShortcuts to template items.

 

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