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how to restore correct 'favorites' location?

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by musiclover, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. musiclover

    musiclover Flightless Bird

    in vista, suddenly favorites are gone because the location of the favorites
    file is wrong! the good old favorites file is still there in documents, but
    the path listed for favorites in IE is a non-existent folder in my 'music'
    folder. so favorites comes up empty in the IE menu.
    somehow it got changed. how do i tell IE7 (IE8 would not install on this
    computer) where it's 'favorites' folder is? this should be the default
    location, but where can i set it to that?i
    --
    musicman toronto
     
  2. Alan Edwards

    Alan Edwards Flightless Bird

    In what operating system?

    Try this and see if it helps:
    You can change the value of Favorites in the Registry in these
    two keys: (ignore the second if the value is not there)

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell
    Folders

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

    For Windows 2000/XP:
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User
    Shell Folders]
    Set the Favorites path to : %USERPROFILE%\Favorites


    The above should be a REG_EXPAND_SZ value, not REG_SZ


    Ref: http://windowsxp.mvps.org/IEFAQ.htm#favorites
    http://windowsxp.mvps.org/usershellfolders.htm



    ....Alan
    --
    Alan Edwards, MS MVP Windows -Internet Explorer
    http://dts-l.com/index.htm

    On Wed, 6 Jan 2010 12:10:01 -0800, in
    microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general, musiclover
    <musiclover@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >in vista, suddenly favorites are gone because the location of the favorites
    >file is wrong! the good old favorites file is still there in documents, but
    >the path listed for favorites in IE is a non-existent folder in my 'music'
    >folder. so favorites comes up empty in the IE menu.
    >somehow it got changed. how do i tell IE7 (IE8 would not install on this
    >computer) where it's 'favorites' folder is? this should be the default
    >location, but where can i set it to that?i
     
  3. butchkersh

    butchkersh Flightless Bird

    I have the same problem, but your answer is too complicated for me and this
    site http://windowsxp.mvps.org/ie/redxorg.htm=. does not work for me in
    Vista IE 8 ( I can't get it to unzip). If I could get a simpler answer, I
    would appreciate it

    "Alan Edwards" <edwards@southcom.com.au> wrote in message
    news:2e4ak5d05l1a6jvgo0jmdm983ushg31f0t@4ax.com...
    > In what operating system?
    >
    > Try this and see if it helps:
    > You can change the value of Favorites in the Registry in these
    > two keys: (ignore the second if the value is not there)
    >
    > HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell
    > Folders
    >
    > HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User
    > Shell Folders
    >
    > For Windows 2000/XP:
    > [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User
    > Shell Folders]
    > Set the Favorites path to : %USERPROFILE%\Favorites
    >
    >
    > The above should be a REG_EXPAND_SZ value, not REG_SZ
    >
    >
    > Ref: http://windowsxp.mvps.org/IEFAQ.htm#favorites
    > http://windowsxp.mvps.org/usershellfolders.htm
    >
    >
    >
    > ...Alan
    > --
    > Alan Edwards, MS MVP Windows -Internet Explorer
    > http://dts-l.com/index.htm
    >
    > On Wed, 6 Jan 2010 12:10:01 -0800, in
    > microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general, musiclover
    > <musiclover@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >
    >>in vista, suddenly favorites are gone because the location of the
    >>favorites
    >>file is wrong! the good old favorites file is still there in documents,
    >>but
    >>the path listed for favorites in IE is a non-existent folder in my 'music'
    >>folder. so favorites comes up empty in the IE menu.
    >>somehow it got changed. how do i tell IE7 (IE8 would not install on this
    >>computer) where it's 'favorites' folder is? this should be the default
    >>location, but where can i set it to that?i
     
  4. Alan Edwards

    Alan Edwards Flightless Bird

    I made no mention of http://windowsxp.mvps.org/ie/redxorg.htm= or
    even http://windowsxp.mvps.org/ie/redxorg.htm so I have no idea
    where you got that from and what on earth you are trying to unzip.

    ....Alan
    --
    Alan Edwards, MS MVP Windows - Internet Explorer
    http://dts-l.com/index.htm


    On Sat, 9 Jan 2010 17:10:32 -0800, in
    microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general, "butchkersh"
    <butchkersh@verizon.net> wrote:

    >I have the same problem, but your answer is too complicated for me and this
    >site http://windowsxp.mvps.org/ie/redxorg.htm=. does not work for me in
    >Vista IE 8 ( I can't get it to unzip). If I could get a simpler answer, I
    >would appreciate it
    >
    >"Alan Edwards" <edwards@southcom.com.au> wrote in message
    >news:2e4ak5d05l1a6jvgo0jmdm983ushg31f0t@4ax.com...
    >> In what operating system?
    >>
    >> Try this and see if it helps:
    >> You can change the value of Favorites in the Registry in these
    >> two keys: (ignore the second if the value is not there)
    >>
    >> HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell
    >> Folders
    >>
    >> HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User
    >> Shell Folders
    >>
    >> For Windows 2000/XP:
    >> [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User
    >> Shell Folders]
    >> Set the Favorites path to : %USERPROFILE%\Favorites
    >>
    >>
    >> The above should be a REG_EXPAND_SZ value, not REG_SZ
    >>
    >>
    >> Ref: http://windowsxp.mvps.org/IEFAQ.htm#favorites
    >> http://windowsxp.mvps.org/usershellfolders.htm
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> ...Alan
    >> --
    >> Alan Edwards, MS MVP Windows -Internet Explorer
    >> http://dts-l.com/index.htm
    >>
    >> On Wed, 6 Jan 2010 12:10:01 -0800, in
    >> microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general, musiclover
    >> <musiclover@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >>
    >>>in vista, suddenly favorites are gone because the location of the
    >>>favorites
    >>>file is wrong! the good old favorites file is still there in documents,
    >>>but
    >>>the path listed for favorites in IE is a non-existent folder in my 'music'
    >>>folder. so favorites comes up empty in the IE menu.
    >>>somehow it got changed. how do i tell IE7 (IE8 would not install on this
    >>>computer) where it's 'favorites' folder is? this should be the default
    >>>location, but where can i set it to that?i
     
  5. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Favorite Links area in Vista & Win7 is empty
    http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/favorite-links-vista-explorer-is-empty/

    Unspecified error when adding a link to Favorites in Windows Vista and
    Windows 7
    http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/u...-adding-a-link-to-favorites-in-windows-vista/



    musiclover wrote:
    > in vista, suddenly favorites are gone because the location of the
    > favorites
    > file is wrong! the good old favorites file is still there in documents,
    > but
    > the path listed for favorites in IE is a non-existent folder in my 'music'
    > folder. so favorites comes up empty in the IE menu.
    > somehow it got changed. how do i tell IE7 (IE8 would not install on this
    > computer) where it's 'favorites' folder is? this should be the default
    > location, but where can i set it to that?i
     

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