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  1. #1
    J. Earthling Guest

    Default Can't delete Favorites folder!

    When I attempt to delete a Favorites folder in IE8, I get: "Access is
    denied. Make sure the disk is not full or write protected and that the file
    is not currently in use".

    Any suggestions?


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  3. #2
    rob^_^ Guest

    Default Re: Can't delete Favorites folder!

    Hi,

    That is the expected behavior for Vista and Win7(?). Can I ask why you want
    to delete your Favorites folder?

    IE8 will not work properly without a Favorites folder. On Vista and Win7 it
    is a special folder that cannot be moved or deleted.

    Regards.

    "J. Earthling" <earthling@planet.earth> wrote in message
    news:eb73gk0sKHA.4712@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > When I attempt to delete a Favorites folder in IE8, I get: "Access is
    > denied. Make sure the disk is not full or write protected and that the
    > file is not currently in use".
    >
    > Any suggestions?
    >


  4. #3
    J. Earthling Guest

    Default Re: Can't delete Favorites folder!

    I re-booted, which somehow resolved the issue. However, there's one related
    and nagging problem. I wish to change the location of the Favorites store
    in IE8. I'm guessing that involves a registry change, for which I'll need
    medication.

    Incidentally, I'm running Windows XP Home.


    "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:767603C4-27C0-4B46-9E26-8664BF2C61C3@microsoft.com...
    > Hi,
    >
    > That is the expected behavior for Vista and Win7(?). Can I ask why you
    > want to delete your Favorites folder?
    >
    > IE8 will not work properly without a Favorites folder. On Vista and Win7
    > it is a special folder that cannot be moved or deleted.
    >
    > Regards.
    >
    > "J. Earthling" <earthling@planet.earth> wrote in message
    > news:eb73gk0sKHA.4712@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> When I attempt to delete a Favorites folder in IE8, I get: "Access is
    >> denied. Make sure the disk is not full or write protected and that the
    >> file is not currently in use".
    >>
    >> Any suggestions?
    >>


  5. #4
    rob^_^ Guest

    Default Re: Can't delete Favorites folder!

    Hi,

    I just checked with XP/IE8 and yes there is no interface to safely move your
    Favorites folder. I do know of the registry hack, but I would be reluctant
    to give you instructions as I have not tested it on a XP/IE8 machine....
    from memory I think it only applied to XP/IE6.

    It is usual for company computers to use servers to store all personal
    information and use Group Policy (Start>Run>gpedit.msc) (Internet explorer
    Maintenance) to populate the 'Shared Favorites' folder.

    XP Home users do not have gpedit on their machines to prevent them from
    doing this.

    So long as you are doing regular backups, your Favorites and other personal
    data is being backed up.

    Type shell:favorites in the IE address bar to quickly access your Favorites
    folder from IE8 in the Windows explorer. From there you can cut and paste
    some of your unused favorite folders to somewhere else on your hard drive.
    You can then just copy them back into the Favorites root when you want to
    use them again.

    Regards.

    "J. Earthling" <earthling@planet.earth> wrote in message
    news:etMiTF1sKHA.732@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > I re-booted, which somehow resolved the issue. However, there's one
    > related and nagging problem. I wish to change the location of the
    > Favorites store in IE8. I'm guessing that involves a registry change, for
    > which I'll need medication.
    >
    > Incidentally, I'm running Windows XP Home.
    >
    >
    > "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:767603C4-27C0-4B46-9E26-8664BF2C61C3@microsoft.com...
    >> Hi,
    >>
    >> That is the expected behavior for Vista and Win7(?). Can I ask why you
    >> want to delete your Favorites folder?
    >>
    >> IE8 will not work properly without a Favorites folder. On Vista and Win7
    >> it is a special folder that cannot be moved or deleted.
    >>
    >> Regards.
    >>
    >> "J. Earthling" <earthling@planet.earth> wrote in message
    >> news:eb73gk0sKHA.4712@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>> When I attempt to delete a Favorites folder in IE8, I get: "Access is
    >>> denied. Make sure the disk is not full or write protected and that the
    >>> file is not currently in use".
    >>>
    >>> Any suggestions?
    >>>

    >


  6. #5
    J. Earthling Guest

    Default Re: Can't delete Favorites folder!

    The current location of my Favorites storage is NOT the default one. A
    while back, I somehow managed to move it, but for the life of me, I know not
    how. I know exactly where it is however; I just don't like it there, since
    the folder name is now misleading & inappropriate.

    P.S. I failed to understand ALL of your reply... guess it's difficult for
    you guys to assess the knowledge level of us on the other end. I'd say my
    knowledge is at the "moderate" level, at BEST!

    "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:eJNtzS1sKHA.4752@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Hi,
    >
    > I just checked with XP/IE8 and yes there is no interface to safely move
    > your Favorites folder. I do know of the registry hack, but I would be
    > reluctant to give you instructions as I have not tested it on a XP/IE8
    > machine.... from memory I think it only applied to XP/IE6.
    >
    > It is usual for company computers to use servers to store all personal
    > information and use Group Policy (Start>Run>gpedit.msc) (Internet explorer
    > Maintenance) to populate the 'Shared Favorites' folder.
    >
    > XP Home users do not have gpedit on their machines to prevent them from
    > doing this.
    >
    > So long as you are doing regular backups, your Favorites and other
    > personal data is being backed up.
    >
    > Type shell:favorites in the IE address bar to quickly access your
    > Favorites folder from IE8 in the Windows explorer. From there you can cut
    > and paste some of your unused favorite folders to somewhere else on your
    > hard drive. You can then just copy them back into the Favorites root when
    > you want to use them again.
    >
    > Regards.
    >
    > "J. Earthling" <earthling@planet.earth> wrote in message
    > news:etMiTF1sKHA.732@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >> I re-booted, which somehow resolved the issue. However, there's one
    >> related and nagging problem. I wish to change the location of the
    >> Favorites store in IE8. I'm guessing that involves a registry change,
    >> for which I'll need medication.
    >>
    >> Incidentally, I'm running Windows XP Home.
    >>
    >>
    >> "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >> news:767603C4-27C0-4B46-9E26-8664BF2C61C3@microsoft.com...
    >>> Hi,
    >>>
    >>> That is the expected behavior for Vista and Win7(?). Can I ask why you
    >>> want to delete your Favorites folder?
    >>>
    >>> IE8 will not work properly without a Favorites folder. On Vista and Win7
    >>> it is a special folder that cannot be moved or deleted.
    >>>
    >>> Regards.
    >>>
    >>> "J. Earthling" <earthling@planet.earth> wrote in message
    >>> news:eb73gk0sKHA.4712@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>>> When I attempt to delete a Favorites folder in IE8, I get: "Access is
    >>>> denied. Make sure the disk is not full or write protected and that the
    >>>> file is not currently in use".
    >>>>
    >>>> Any suggestions?
    >>>>

    >>


  7. #6
    J. Earthling Guest

    Default Re: Can't delete Favorites folder!

    .... I'd even be satisfied if I knew how to change the Favorites storage back
    to its default location!


    "J. Earthling" <earthling@planet.earth> wrote in message
    news:#obKQc1sKHA.6004@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > The current location of my Favorites storage is NOT the default one. A
    > while back, I somehow managed to move it, but for the life of me, I know
    > not how. I know exactly where it is however; I just don't like it there,
    > since the folder name is now misleading & inappropriate.
    >
    > P.S. I failed to understand ALL of your reply... guess it's difficult for
    > you guys to assess the knowledge level of us on the other end. I'd say my
    > knowledge is at the "moderate" level, at BEST!
    >
    > "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:eJNtzS1sKHA.4752@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> Hi,
    >>
    >> I just checked with XP/IE8 and yes there is no interface to safely move
    >> your Favorites folder. I do know of the registry hack, but I would be
    >> reluctant to give you instructions as I have not tested it on a XP/IE8
    >> machine.... from memory I think it only applied to XP/IE6.
    >>
    >> It is usual for company computers to use servers to store all personal
    >> information and use Group Policy (Start>Run>gpedit.msc) (Internet
    >> explorer Maintenance) to populate the 'Shared Favorites' folder.
    >>
    >> XP Home users do not have gpedit on their machines to prevent them from
    >> doing this.
    >>
    >> So long as you are doing regular backups, your Favorites and other
    >> personal data is being backed up.
    >>
    >> Type shell:favorites in the IE address bar to quickly access your
    >> Favorites folder from IE8 in the Windows explorer. From there you can cut
    >> and paste some of your unused favorite folders to somewhere else on your
    >> hard drive. You can then just copy them back into the Favorites root when
    >> you want to use them again.
    >>
    >> Regards.
    >>
    >> "J. Earthling" <earthling@planet.earth> wrote in message
    >> news:etMiTF1sKHA.732@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>> I re-booted, which somehow resolved the issue. However, there's one
    >>> related and nagging problem. I wish to change the location of the
    >>> Favorites store in IE8. I'm guessing that involves a registry change,
    >>> for which I'll need medication.
    >>>
    >>> Incidentally, I'm running Windows XP Home.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:767603C4-27C0-4B46-9E26-8664BF2C61C3@microsoft.com...
    >>>> Hi,
    >>>>
    >>>> That is the expected behavior for Vista and Win7(?). Can I ask why you
    >>>> want to delete your Favorites folder?
    >>>>
    >>>> IE8 will not work properly without a Favorites folder. On Vista and
    >>>> Win7 it is a special folder that cannot be moved or deleted.
    >>>>
    >>>> Regards.
    >>>>
    >>>> "J. Earthling" <earthling@planet.earth> wrote in message
    >>>> news:eb73gk0sKHA.4712@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>>>> When I attempt to delete a Favorites folder in IE8, I get: "Access is
    >>>>> denied. Make sure the disk is not full or write protected and that
    >>>>> the file is not currently in use".
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Any suggestions?
    >>>>>
    >>>


  8. #7
    rob^_^ Guest

    Default Re: Can't delete Favorites folder!

    Hi J,

    In IE8 type

    shell:favorites

    in the IE8 Address bar and press enter. It will open your Favorites folder
    in its current (non-default) location in a Windows Explorer window (not an
    Internet Explorer Window)

    1. Select the Favorites node.
    2. Select the Edit>Cut menu option in Windows explorer
    3. Navigate to (or open a new Windows explorer) your user documents and
    settings folder (c:\Documents and Settings\{Username}\

    Click on the folder named with your Username to select it

    4. Select the Edit>Paste menu from windows explorer.

    You should end up with a directory tree in your Users Documents and Settings
    folder like

    c:\Documents and Settings\{Username}\Favorites..... etc.

    From there you should be able to just cut or copy and paste your Favorites
    folder back to their default location.

    (You probably moved your Favorites location when you had previously IE6 or 7
    installed)

    Your default location for your Favorites folder on XP should be

    c:\Documents and Settings\{username}\


    In the registry you also need to change the value for Favorites under this
    key

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\Shell
    Folders

    to %UserProfile%/Favorites

    but yes, unless you have a good understanding of windows and the registry,
    you could foobar the lot. IT is not really necessary to change your registry
    settings, just so long as you move your Favorites Folder (and sub-folders)
    back to the default location (c:\Documents and Settings\{Username}\
    where IE8 is expecting to find them.

    Before you start messing around, make sure you do a system backup (which
    backs up the registry).

    Regards.

    "J. Earthling" <earthling@planet.earth> wrote in message
    news:#obKQc1sKHA.6004@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > The current location of my Favorites storage is NOT the default one. A
    > while back, I somehow managed to move it, but for the life of me, I know
    > not how. I know exactly where it is however; I just don't like it there,
    > since the folder name is now misleading & inappropriate.
    >
    > P.S. I failed to understand ALL of your reply... guess it's difficult for
    > you guys to assess the knowledge level of us on the other end. I'd say my
    > knowledge is at the "moderate" level, at BEST!
    >
    > "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:eJNtzS1sKHA.4752@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> Hi,
    >>
    >> I just checked with XP/IE8 and yes there is no interface to safely move
    >> your Favorites folder. I do know of the registry hack, but I would be
    >> reluctant to give you instructions as I have not tested it on a XP/IE8
    >> machine.... from memory I think it only applied to XP/IE6.
    >>
    >> It is usual for company computers to use servers to store all personal
    >> information and use Group Policy (Start>Run>gpedit.msc) (Internet
    >> explorer Maintenance) to populate the 'Shared Favorites' folder.
    >>
    >> XP Home users do not have gpedit on their machines to prevent them from
    >> doing this.
    >>
    >> So long as you are doing regular backups, your Favorites and other
    >> personal data is being backed up.
    >>
    >> Type shell:favorites in the IE address bar to quickly access your
    >> Favorites folder from IE8 in the Windows explorer. From there you can cut
    >> and paste some of your unused favorite folders to somewhere else on your
    >> hard drive. You can then just copy them back into the Favorites root when
    >> you want to use them again.
    >>
    >> Regards.
    >>
    >> "J. Earthling" <earthling@planet.earth> wrote in message
    >> news:etMiTF1sKHA.732@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>> I re-booted, which somehow resolved the issue. However, there's one
    >>> related and nagging problem. I wish to change the location of the
    >>> Favorites store in IE8. I'm guessing that involves a registry change,
    >>> for which I'll need medication.
    >>>
    >>> Incidentally, I'm running Windows XP Home.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:767603C4-27C0-4B46-9E26-8664BF2C61C3@microsoft.com...
    >>>> Hi,
    >>>>
    >>>> That is the expected behavior for Vista and Win7(?). Can I ask why you
    >>>> want to delete your Favorites folder?
    >>>>
    >>>> IE8 will not work properly without a Favorites folder. On Vista and
    >>>> Win7 it is a special folder that cannot be moved or deleted.
    >>>>
    >>>> Regards.
    >>>>
    >>>> "J. Earthling" <earthling@planet.earth> wrote in message
    >>>> news:eb73gk0sKHA.4712@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>>>> When I attempt to delete a Favorites folder in IE8, I get: "Access is
    >>>>> denied. Make sure the disk is not full or write protected and that
    >>>>> the file is not currently in use".
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Any suggestions?
    >>>>>
    >>>

    >


  9. #8
    J. Earthling Guest

    Default Re: Can't delete Favorites folder!

    Thanks, Rob! Before I take that on, I'd like to show you these instructions
    that I found on the web somewhere. It's a little dated, but even I
    understand it! Does it sync/gel with what you advised me to do? (I'm being
    super-careful here, as my skill level is by no means advanced).

    Changing your Favorites Location
    Added 10/6/96
    You might want to change the location where the Internet Explorer looks for
    your store Favorite sites.
    This can come in useful if you have multiple operating systems (Windows95
    and NT 4.0) and want to share
    the save set of Favorites or you simply want to have greater control over
    where you favorites are stored.
    1. Start Regedit
    2. Go to
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\Shell
    Folders
    3. Double click on Favorites in the right hand panel
    4. Enter the new location
    5. Click on the OK button
    6. Do the same for the User Shell Folders section a few lines down
    7. Close Regedit
    8. Create the directory you just pointed to
    9. Copy any existing Favorites to that location
    10. Be sure to include all folders
    11. Start the Internet Explorer


    "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:A94D657C-B186-493D-8B9C-D3A5B5902B75@microsoft.com...
    > Hi J,
    >
    > In IE8 type
    >
    > shell:favorites
    >
    > in the IE8 Address bar and press enter. It will open your Favorites folder
    > in its current (non-default) location in a Windows Explorer window (not an
    > Internet Explorer Window)
    >
    > 1. Select the Favorites node.
    > 2. Select the Edit>Cut menu option in Windows explorer
    > 3. Navigate to (or open a new Windows explorer) your user documents and
    > settings folder (c:\Documents and Settings\{Username}\
    >
    > Click on the folder named with your Username to select it
    >
    > 4. Select the Edit>Paste menu from windows explorer.
    >
    > You should end up with a directory tree in your Users Documents and
    > Settings folder like
    >
    > c:\Documents and Settings\{Username}\Favorites..... etc.
    >
    > From there you should be able to just cut or copy and paste your Favorites
    > folder back to their default location.
    >
    > (You probably moved your Favorites location when you had previously IE6 or
    > 7 installed)
    >
    > Your default location for your Favorites folder on XP should be
    >
    > c:\Documents and Settings\{username}\
    >
    >
    > In the registry you also need to change the value for Favorites under this
    > key
    >
    > HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\Shell
    > Folders
    >
    > to %UserProfile%/Favorites
    >
    > but yes, unless you have a good understanding of windows and the registry,
    > you could foobar the lot. IT is not really necessary to change your
    > registry settings, just so long as you move your Favorites Folder (and
    > sub-folders) back to the default location (c:\Documents and
    > Settings\{Username}\
    > where IE8 is expecting to find them.
    >
    > Before you start messing around, make sure you do a system backup (which
    > backs up the registry).
    >
    > Regards.
    >
    > "J. Earthling" <earthling@planet.earth> wrote in message
    > news:#obKQc1sKHA.6004@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> The current location of my Favorites storage is NOT the default one. A
    >> while back, I somehow managed to move it, but for the life of me, I know
    >> not how. I know exactly where it is however; I just don't like it there,
    >> since the folder name is now misleading & inappropriate.
    >>
    >> P.S. I failed to understand ALL of your reply... guess it's difficult
    >> for you guys to assess the knowledge level of us on the other end. I'd
    >> say my knowledge is at the "moderate" level, at BEST!
    >>
    >> "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >> news:eJNtzS1sKHA.4752@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>> Hi,
    >>>
    >>> I just checked with XP/IE8 and yes there is no interface to safely move
    >>> your Favorites folder. I do know of the registry hack, but I would be
    >>> reluctant to give you instructions as I have not tested it on a XP/IE8
    >>> machine.... from memory I think it only applied to XP/IE6.
    >>>
    >>> It is usual for company computers to use servers to store all personal
    >>> information and use Group Policy (Start>Run>gpedit.msc) (Internet
    >>> explorer Maintenance) to populate the 'Shared Favorites' folder.
    >>>
    >>> XP Home users do not have gpedit on their machines to prevent them from
    >>> doing this.
    >>>
    >>> So long as you are doing regular backups, your Favorites and other
    >>> personal data is being backed up.
    >>>
    >>> Type shell:favorites in the IE address bar to quickly access your
    >>> Favorites folder from IE8 in the Windows explorer. From there you can
    >>> cut and paste some of your unused favorite folders to somewhere else on
    >>> your hard drive. You can then just copy them back into the Favorites
    >>> root when you want to use them again.
    >>>
    >>> Regards.
    >>>
    >>> "J. Earthling" <earthling@planet.earth> wrote in message
    >>> news:etMiTF1sKHA.732@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>>> I re-booted, which somehow resolved the issue. However, there's one
    >>>> related and nagging problem. I wish to change the location of the
    >>>> Favorites store in IE8. I'm guessing that involves a registry change,
    >>>> for which I'll need medication.
    >>>>
    >>>> Incidentally, I'm running Windows XP Home.
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >>>> news:767603C4-27C0-4B46-9E26-8664BF2C61C3@microsoft.com...
    >>>>> Hi,
    >>>>>
    >>>>> That is the expected behavior for Vista and Win7(?). Can I ask why you
    >>>>> want to delete your Favorites folder?
    >>>>>
    >>>>> IE8 will not work properly without a Favorites folder. On Vista and
    >>>>> Win7 it is a special folder that cannot be moved or deleted.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Regards.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> "J. Earthling" <earthling@planet.earth> wrote in message
    >>>>> news:eb73gk0sKHA.4712@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>> When I attempt to delete a Favorites folder in IE8, I get: "Access
    >>>>>> is denied. Make sure the disk is not full or write protected and
    >>>>>> that the file is not currently in use".
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Any suggestions?
    >>>>>>
    >>>>

    >>


  10. #9
    rob^_^ Guest

    Default Re: Can't delete Favorites folder!

    Yep. Thats correct.

    You want to change it back to %userprofile%/Favorites

    and copy/cut/paste the files and folders back to the default location
    (%userprofile%\Favorites)

    You can see that %userprofile% translates to c:\documents and
    settings\{Username}

    so on step 4 and 6 you type

    %userprofile%\Favorites

    in the registry value change dialog.

    Regards.

    "J. Earthling" <earthling@planet.earth> wrote in message
    news:OSaPCh2sKHA.1260@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > Thanks, Rob! Before I take that on, I'd like to show you these
    > instructions that I found on the web somewhere. It's a little dated, but
    > even I understand it! Does it sync/gel with what you advised me to do?
    > (I'm being super-careful here, as my skill level is by no means advanced).
    >
    > Changing your Favorites Location
    > Added 10/6/96
    > You might want to change the location where the Internet Explorer looks
    > for your store Favorite sites.
    > This can come in useful if you have multiple operating systems (Windows95
    > and NT 4.0) and want to share
    > the save set of Favorites or you simply want to have greater control over
    > where you favorites are stored.
    > 1. Start Regedit
    > 2. Go to
    > HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\Shell
    > Folders
    > 3. Double click on Favorites in the right hand panel
    > 4. Enter the new location
    > 5. Click on the OK button
    > 6. Do the same for the User Shell Folders section a few lines down
    > 7. Close Regedit
    > 8. Create the directory you just pointed to
    > 9. Copy any existing Favorites to that location
    > 10. Be sure to include all folders
    > 11. Start the Internet Explorer
    >
    >
    > "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:A94D657C-B186-493D-8B9C-D3A5B5902B75@microsoft.com...
    >> Hi J,
    >>
    >> In IE8 type
    >>
    >> shell:favorites
    >>
    >> in the IE8 Address bar and press enter. It will open your Favorites
    >> folder in its current (non-default) location in a Windows Explorer window
    >> (not an Internet Explorer Window)
    >>
    >> 1. Select the Favorites node.
    >> 2. Select the Edit>Cut menu option in Windows explorer
    >> 3. Navigate to (or open a new Windows explorer) your user documents and
    >> settings folder (c:\Documents and Settings\{Username}\
    >>
    >> Click on the folder named with your Username to select it
    >>
    >> 4. Select the Edit>Paste menu from windows explorer.
    >>
    >> You should end up with a directory tree in your Users Documents and
    >> Settings folder like
    >>
    >> c:\Documents and Settings\{Username}\Favorites..... etc.
    >>
    >> From there you should be able to just cut or copy and paste your
    >> Favorites folder back to their default location.
    >>
    >> (You probably moved your Favorites location when you had previously IE6
    >> or 7 installed)
    >>
    >> Your default location for your Favorites folder on XP should be
    >>
    >> c:\Documents and Settings\{username}\
    >>
    >>
    >> In the registry you also need to change the value for Favorites under
    >> this key
    >>
    >> HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\Shell
    >> Folders
    >>
    >> to %UserProfile%/Favorites
    >>
    >> but yes, unless you have a good understanding of windows and the
    >> registry, you could foobar the lot. IT is not really necessary to change
    >> your registry settings, just so long as you move your Favorites Folder
    >> (and sub-folders) back to the default location (c:\Documents and
    >> Settings\{Username}\
    >> where IE8 is expecting to find them.
    >>
    >> Before you start messing around, make sure you do a system backup (which
    >> backs up the registry).
    >>
    >> Regards.
    >>
    >> "J. Earthling" <earthling@planet.earth> wrote in message
    >> news:#obKQc1sKHA.6004@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>> The current location of my Favorites storage is NOT the default one. A
    >>> while back, I somehow managed to move it, but for the life of me, I know
    >>> not how. I know exactly where it is however; I just don't like it
    >>> there, since the folder name is now misleading & inappropriate.
    >>>
    >>> P.S. I failed to understand ALL of your reply... guess it's difficult
    >>> for you guys to assess the knowledge level of us on the other end. I'd
    >>> say my knowledge is at the "moderate" level, at BEST!
    >>>
    >>> "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:eJNtzS1sKHA.4752@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>>> Hi,
    >>>>
    >>>> I just checked with XP/IE8 and yes there is no interface to safely move
    >>>> your Favorites folder. I do know of the registry hack, but I would be
    >>>> reluctant to give you instructions as I have not tested it on a XP/IE8
    >>>> machine.... from memory I think it only applied to XP/IE6.
    >>>>
    >>>> It is usual for company computers to use servers to store all personal
    >>>> information and use Group Policy (Start>Run>gpedit.msc) (Internet
    >>>> explorer Maintenance) to populate the 'Shared Favorites' folder.
    >>>>
    >>>> XP Home users do not have gpedit on their machines to prevent them from
    >>>> doing this.
    >>>>
    >>>> So long as you are doing regular backups, your Favorites and other
    >>>> personal data is being backed up.
    >>>>
    >>>> Type shell:favorites in the IE address bar to quickly access your
    >>>> Favorites folder from IE8 in the Windows explorer. From there you can
    >>>> cut and paste some of your unused favorite folders to somewhere else on
    >>>> your hard drive. You can then just copy them back into the Favorites
    >>>> root when you want to use them again.
    >>>>
    >>>> Regards.
    >>>>
    >>>> "J. Earthling" <earthling@planet.earth> wrote in message
    >>>> news:etMiTF1sKHA.732@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>>>> I re-booted, which somehow resolved the issue. However, there's one
    >>>>> related and nagging problem. I wish to change the location of the
    >>>>> Favorites store in IE8. I'm guessing that involves a registry change,
    >>>>> for which I'll need medication.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Incidentally, I'm running Windows XP Home.
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>> "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >>>>> news:767603C4-27C0-4B46-9E26-8664BF2C61C3@microsoft.com...
    >>>>>> Hi,
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> That is the expected behavior for Vista and Win7(?). Can I ask why
    >>>>>> you want to delete your Favorites folder?
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> IE8 will not work properly without a Favorites folder. On Vista and
    >>>>>> Win7 it is a special folder that cannot be moved or deleted.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Regards.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> "J. Earthling" <earthling@planet.earth> wrote in message
    >>>>>> news:eb73gk0sKHA.4712@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>>> When I attempt to delete a Favorites folder in IE8, I get: "Access
    >>>>>>> is denied. Make sure the disk is not full or write protected and
    >>>>>>> that the file is not currently in use".
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Any suggestions?
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>


  11. #10
    J. Earthling Guest

    Default Re: Can't delete Favorites folder!

    Many thanks, my friend!

    "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:ep$btn2sKHA.3904@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > Yep. Thats correct.
    >
    > You want to change it back to %userprofile%/Favorites
    >
    > and copy/cut/paste the files and folders back to the default location
    > (%userprofile%\Favorites)
    >
    > You can see that %userprofile% translates to c:\documents and
    > settings\{Username}
    >
    > so on step 4 and 6 you type
    >
    > %userprofile%\Favorites
    >
    > in the registry value change dialog.
    >
    > Regards.
    >
    > "J. Earthling" <earthling@planet.earth> wrote in message
    > news:OSaPCh2sKHA.1260@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >> Thanks, Rob! Before I take that on, I'd like to show you these
    >> instructions that I found on the web somewhere. It's a little dated, but
    >> even I understand it! Does it sync/gel with what you advised me to do?
    >> (I'm being super-careful here, as my skill level is by no means
    >> advanced).
    >>
    >> Changing your Favorites Location
    >> Added 10/6/96
    >> You might want to change the location where the Internet Explorer looks
    >> for your store Favorite sites.
    >> This can come in useful if you have multiple operating systems (Windows95
    >> and NT 4.0) and want to share
    >> the save set of Favorites or you simply want to have greater control over
    >> where you favorites are stored.
    >> 1. Start Regedit
    >> 2. Go to
    >> HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\Shell
    >> Folders
    >> 3. Double click on Favorites in the right hand panel
    >> 4. Enter the new location
    >> 5. Click on the OK button
    >> 6. Do the same for the User Shell Folders section a few lines down
    >> 7. Close Regedit
    >> 8. Create the directory you just pointed to
    >> 9. Copy any existing Favorites to that location
    >> 10. Be sure to include all folders
    >> 11. Start the Internet Explorer
    >>
    >>
    >> "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >> news:A94D657C-B186-493D-8B9C-D3A5B5902B75@microsoft.com...
    >>> Hi J,
    >>>
    >>> In IE8 type
    >>>
    >>> shell:favorites
    >>>
    >>> in the IE8 Address bar and press enter. It will open your Favorites
    >>> folder in its current (non-default) location in a Windows Explorer
    >>> window (not an Internet Explorer Window)
    >>>
    >>> 1. Select the Favorites node.
    >>> 2. Select the Edit>Cut menu option in Windows explorer
    >>> 3. Navigate to (or open a new Windows explorer) your user documents and
    >>> settings folder (c:\Documents and Settings\{Username}\
    >>>
    >>> Click on the folder named with your Username to select it
    >>>
    >>> 4. Select the Edit>Paste menu from windows explorer.
    >>>
    >>> You should end up with a directory tree in your Users Documents and
    >>> Settings folder like
    >>>
    >>> c:\Documents and Settings\{Username}\Favorites..... etc.
    >>>
    >>> From there you should be able to just cut or copy and paste your
    >>> Favorites folder back to their default location.
    >>>
    >>> (You probably moved your Favorites location when you had previously IE6
    >>> or 7 installed)
    >>>
    >>> Your default location for your Favorites folder on XP should be
    >>>
    >>> c:\Documents and Settings\{username}\
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> In the registry you also need to change the value for Favorites under
    >>> this key
    >>>
    >>> HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\Shell
    >>> Folders
    >>>
    >>> to %UserProfile%/Favorites
    >>>
    >>> but yes, unless you have a good understanding of windows and the
    >>> registry, you could foobar the lot. IT is not really necessary to change
    >>> your registry settings, just so long as you move your Favorites Folder
    >>> (and sub-folders) back to the default location (c:\Documents and
    >>> Settings\{Username}\
    >>> where IE8 is expecting to find them.
    >>>
    >>> Before you start messing around, make sure you do a system backup (which
    >>> backs up the registry).
    >>>
    >>> Regards.
    >>>
    >>> "J. Earthling" <earthling@planet.earth> wrote in message
    >>> news:#obKQc1sKHA.6004@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>>> The current location of my Favorites storage is NOT the default one. A
    >>>> while back, I somehow managed to move it, but for the life of me, I
    >>>> know not how. I know exactly where it is however; I just don't like it
    >>>> there, since the folder name is now misleading & inappropriate.
    >>>>
    >>>> P.S. I failed to understand ALL of your reply... guess it's difficult
    >>>> for you guys to assess the knowledge level of us on the other end. I'd
    >>>> say my knowledge is at the "moderate" level, at BEST!
    >>>>
    >>>> "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >>>> news:eJNtzS1sKHA.4752@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>>>> Hi,
    >>>>>
    >>>>> I just checked with XP/IE8 and yes there is no interface to safely
    >>>>> move your Favorites folder. I do know of the registry hack, but I
    >>>>> would be reluctant to give you instructions as I have not tested it on
    >>>>> a XP/IE8 machine.... from memory I think it only applied to XP/IE6.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> It is usual for company computers to use servers to store all personal
    >>>>> information and use Group Policy (Start>Run>gpedit.msc) (Internet
    >>>>> explorer Maintenance) to populate the 'Shared Favorites' folder.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> XP Home users do not have gpedit on their machines to prevent them
    >>>>> from doing this.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> So long as you are doing regular backups, your Favorites and other
    >>>>> personal data is being backed up.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Type shell:favorites in the IE address bar to quickly access your
    >>>>> Favorites folder from IE8 in the Windows explorer. From there you can
    >>>>> cut and paste some of your unused favorite folders to somewhere else
    >>>>> on your hard drive. You can then just copy them back into the
    >>>>> Favorites root when you want to use them again.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Regards.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> "J. Earthling" <earthling@planet.earth> wrote in message
    >>>>> news:etMiTF1sKHA.732@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>> I re-booted, which somehow resolved the issue. However, there's one
    >>>>>> related and nagging problem. I wish to change the location of the
    >>>>>> Favorites store in IE8. I'm guessing that involves a registry
    >>>>>> change, for which I'll need medication.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Incidentally, I'm running Windows XP Home.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >>>>>> news:767603C4-27C0-4B46-9E26-8664BF2C61C3@microsoft.com...
    >>>>>>> Hi,
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> That is the expected behavior for Vista and Win7(?). Can I ask why
    >>>>>>> you want to delete your Favorites folder?
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> IE8 will not work properly without a Favorites folder. On Vista and
    >>>>>>> Win7 it is a special folder that cannot be moved or deleted.
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Regards.
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> "J. Earthling" <earthling@planet.earth> wrote in message
    >>>>>>> news:eb73gk0sKHA.4712@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>>>> When I attempt to delete a Favorites folder in IE8, I get: "Access
    >>>>>>>> is denied. Make sure the disk is not full or write protected and
    >>>>>>>> that the file is not currently in use".
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> Any suggestions?
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>


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