# Finding the GUID of a specific folder

How do I find the GUID of any folder on my C:\ drive? I want my Windows Explorer on Windows 7 to open in a folder called "Temporary Downloads", and it seems I need the GUID to accomplish this.

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What makes you think you need a GUID? explorer C:\path\to\folder doesn't work? –  heavyd May 18 '10 at 20:07
I'm trying to get my Windows Explorer to open up at C:\Temp Downloads. This link suggests I need the GUID to accomplish this. howtogeek.com/howto/17415/… –  Patriot May 18 '10 at 22:39
If Win7 is like XP (and it probably is), you only need a GUID for "special folders" which don't have a normal path (eg. c:\windows) in the filesystem - so you shouldn't say "on my C drive", but rather "in the shell namespace". –  Hugh Allen May 18 '10 at 23:58

You don't need a GUID, you can just pass the path as an argument, surrounded in quotes. For example, to set the default to C:\Temporary Downloads, follow the directions in the How-To Geek article you mentioned, but paste this in the "Target" field:

%windir%\explorer.exe "C:\Temporary Downloads"

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In case you're looking for the Temporary Internet Files folder, this article suggests that it is located at

%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files


No GUID needed for that one.

I can't find a Temporary Downloads folder on my system.

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