How to stop windows xp from auto recreating folders?

By Vacinden
Oct 22, 2003
  1. This question must have been asked many many times but I could find nothing like it when I searched on "recreating folders"

    Does anybody know how to stop windows xp from recreating standard folders like "my music, my pictures?" I have a dutch version of windows xp but now I have 2 of the same type of auto recreating folders only in different languages. I would like to know how I can delete all of these auto-recreating folders and especially how to stop windows from recreating them. I think it would be good for my system to have a minimum of folders.

    Greetings from the Netherlands and may you have a good day!:eek:
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    This looks like you have a Dutch WinXP and another (English?)language Office. Office creates its own language folders if different from the language of the OS. You can set Office to use whatever folders in e.g Word/Tools/Options/File Locations.
    Do the same for Excel etc.
    Hope this helps
  3. Vacinden

    Vacinden TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah thanks it helps a bit.

    But I am more interested in deleting the standard folders and just everything standard installed I do not need.

    I am not talking about the reg hack to get red of some standard applications as clipbook and such but the really **** folders windows keeps recreating.......

  4. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Get the TweakUI files from Microsoft (free from their website). With them you can change the names and/or locations of a lot of system folders.

    En als ik jou was, zou ik dat nederlandse XP vervangen door een engelse versie, dat lost al je problemen op!
  5. Vacinden

    Vacinden TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I want to relocate them to the "recyle bin"...... :)
  6. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    In Windows2000 in the Registry there are these keys to be found:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

    HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
    HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1220945662-1788223648-839522115-1000\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1220945662-1788223648-839522115-1000\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

    In there you will find the folder-names you are looking for.
    Assuming these also exist in XP, you could experiment a bit by deleting e.g. "My Pictures" in all of them and see what happens when you restart XP.
    Either take a Restore-point, or backup your registry before you do this.

    Let us know what the result is please?

    I forgot to tell you to also delete the corresponding folder(s) from your HD before you restart.
  7. Vacinden

    Vacinden TS Rookie Topic Starter

    What I did.....

    I used Tuneup Utilities Registry editor because if you search something it gives you all the keys with your "searched words" in it in one screen.

    Exported my registry to blabla.reg on d fat32 drive.

    Searched with the Tuneup Utilities Registry editor on Shell Folders.
    Found 14 corresponding key folders.

    Deleted all "my pictures, mijn afbeeldingen,my video, mijn video, my mysic, mijn muziek, common pictures,common video common music " from the key folders. I deleted the keys with these names and thus their values.

    Deleted all the corresponding folders from my harddrive. The ones in documents and settings\administrator and documents and settings\all users

    Rebooted my system and looked around on the hd to see if the folders where recreated.

    They are not being recreated!

    Good! thanks.

    No for some other folders to reg delete. For instance the standard "koppelingen" in my favorites in the iexplorer.

    Hmmzz losing track of the changes I am not do everything at once.............. <---!!
  8. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Glad to hear it worked.
    You should still swap your Dutch XP for an English XP though...
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