How do Prevent users from changing the My Documents Path

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Problem:  How do Prevent users from changing the My Documents Path?

Cause: When installing a PC in a network server environment it is desirable to change the My Documents path to a network share to the Server for security and backups.


There are 2 methods:

  1. You can use the Group Policy editor (Gpedit.msc) under the following location to configure Start menu features:
    User Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Start Menu and Taskbar
  2. In regedit go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
    Create a new DWORD “DisablePersonalDirChange” with the value of 1.

For further Start Menu changes see Microsoft KB article 292504 “Policy Settings For The Start Menu in Windows XP”

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