Windows XP Folders and Locations vs. Windows 7 and Vista

Windows XP Folders and Locations vs. Windows 7 and Vista

By default, these folders are hidden and/or displayed to the user.

Here is a list of folders & location Windows XP system vs. Windows 7 and Vista systems:

 

Windows Vista & 7

Windows XP

\Users

\Documents and Settings

\Users\$USER$\Documents

\Documents and Settings\$USER$\My Documents

\Users\$USER$\Music

\Documents and Settings\$USER$\My Documents\My Music

\Users\$USER$\Pictures

\Documents and Settings\$USER$\My Documents\My Pictures

\Users\$USER$\Videos

\Documents and Settings\$USER$\My Documents\My Videos

\Users\$USER$\AppData\Roaming

\Documents and Settings\$USER$\Application Data

\Users\$USER$\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies

\Documents and Settings\$USER$\Cookies

\Users\$USER$\AppData\Local

\Documents and Settings\$USER$\Local Settings

\Users\$USER$\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Network Shortcuts

\Documents and Settings\$USER$\NetHood

\Users\$USER$\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Printer Shortcuts

\Documents and Settings\$USER$\PrintHood

\Users\$USER$\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent

\Documents and Settings\$USER$\Recent

\Users\$USER$\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo

\Documents and Settings\$USER$\SendTo

\Users\$USER$\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

\Documents and Settings\$USER$\Start Menu

\Users\$USER$\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates

\Documents and Settings\$USER$\Templates

\Users\$USER$\AppData\Local

\Documents and Settings\$USER$\Local Settings\Application Data

\Users\$USER$\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History

\Documents and Settings\$USER$\Local Settings\History

\Users\$USER$\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files

\Documents and Settings\$USER$\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files

\ProgramData

\Documents and Settings\All Users

\ProgramData

\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data

\Users\Public\Desktop

\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop

\Users\Public\Documents

\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents

\Users\Public\Favorites

\Documents and Settings\All Users\Favorites

\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu

\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Templates

\Documents and Settings\All Users\Templates

\Users\Default

\Documents and Settings\Default User

 
Figure 1 shows the registry hive (Windows 7 & Vista), which includes entries for position directories associated with the user profile.

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

Figure 1



Figure 2 shows the (Windows 7 & Vista) public directories.

Registry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders


Figure 2


Figure 3 shows the registry hive (Windows XP).

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

Figure 3




Figure 4 shows the (Windows XP) public directories.

Registry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders


Figure 4




Hope useful and never get "Access Denied" error again.

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Comments
  • This is a great list. I have been working on one of my own. Any chance you could post a full copy of the right column? After that it will be perfect and same me quite a bit of work. Thanks again for putting something like this out here.

  • Thanks DLCurtis

    Did you use IE 9? (I do not know, why do not IE show correct)

    Use print prieview in IE 9

    OR

    Use Firefox and you can show correct!!

  • Very useful page.

  • Good list. it will help many users

  • Thanks Bruno & M.Abdelhamid

  • Great post thanxxx

  • Thanks Gokhan Ozcifci

  • Thanks a lot

  • Very helpful!

  • Fantastic! This kind of info is extremely handy when you don't have an XP installation around and you're supporting those who still have it. Beats those foggy XP memories....

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