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Right now the files on the desktop are located in C:\Users\Joseph\Desktop. So if I went to that folder in Windows Explorer and create a new text document, it would appear on my desktop.

WhatI need is something like this: I want the files on my desktop to be in another folder (let's say C:\Desktop).

Is this possible?

(Windows 32-Bit Vista Home Premium SP 2)

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Yes, it's possible and actually very easy to do.

This feature is very useful if you want to separate user data from the OS and store the user data on a separate drive or partition thus having minimal need for backups when reinstalling Windows.

All you need to do is go to C:\Users\Joseph

From there just right click the Desktop Folder, go to Properties and then the Location Tab. You will see the path in a textbox, all you need to do is replace it with C:\Desktop

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Heys I was wondering how do I do this from the Control Panel, or rather, how do I do this without having to scroll to the desktop folder and right click it? – Pacerier Oct 14 '11 at 16:02
There's probably a registry location that sets this, which the property sheet above is changing. – Matthew Lock Apr 11 at 6:46

You can do this... I wouldnt recommend it though.

here is a link that explains it.

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why downvote the answer to a question? – Keltari Aug 27 '11 at 17:23
As a note, I wouldn't say it isn't recommended, I would highly recommend it. It separates user data from the operating system if you were to change the location to a separate drive or partition. Then the operating system can easily be reinstalled without the need to backup user data. – Sandeep Bansal Aug 27 '11 at 17:26
> why downvote the answer to a question? — I would have guessed it's because you didn't really supply any information here. It's hard to dig through the link you provided... It'd be nice to expand your post to include the most important parts here on Super User for all to see. – slhck Aug 27 '11 at 17:32
i didn't downvote the answer.. but the link doesn't explain why its not recommended to do it.. – Pacerier Aug 28 '11 at 17:00

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