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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 Path Description
appdata %userprofile%\appdata\roaming Application-specific data.
cache %userprofile%\appdata\local\microsoft\windows\temporary internet files Save temporary files folder of internet explorer
cookies %userprofile%\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\cookies Windows internet explorer cookies.
desktop %userprofile%\desktop Shortcuts to display on the desktop.
favorites %userprofile%\favorites Links to favorite websites.
history %userprofile%\appdata\local\microsoft\windows\history Internet explorer history.
local appdata %userprofile%\appdata\local Application settings and data that do not roam with the profile. Usually either machine specific, or too large to roam effectively.
my music %userprofile%\music Default location for users music.
my pictures %userprofile%\pictures Default location for users pictures.
nethood %userprofile%\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\network shortcuts Shortcuts to network neighborhood items.
personal %userprofile%\documents The new default location for any documents that the user creates
printhood %userprofile%\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\printer shortcuts Shortcuts to printer folder items.
programs %userprofile%\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\start menu\programs User-specific programs directory
recent %userprofile%\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\recent Shortcuts to the most recently used documents.
sendto %userprofile%\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\sendto Shortcuts to locations to which the user often sends files.
start menu %userprofile%\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\start menu Menu items for the start menu.
startup %userprofile%\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\start menu\programs\startup Programs or shortcuts placed in the startup folder will run whenever windows starts
templates %userprofile%\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\templates Shortcuts to template items.


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