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I'm dead confused, I followed the instructions here and set my desktop folder to D:\Pocket\desktop2.

We can verify this in the registry:

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But desktop2 folder is not showing in D:\pocket. Instead, the Desktop is shown!

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I can't understand what's happening. I've had "show hidden files and folders" enabled, so why is D:\pocket\desktop2 not showing?

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The registry seems to point to d:\pockets\desktop2. Now I'm confused – uSlackr Oct 14 '11 at 17:21
@uSlackr edited appropriately – Pacerier Oct 14 '11 at 18:03

Windows has an ability to set a "localized" name for special folders. For example, on all Windows versions "Documents" folder remains "Documents", but shows its name in current user's GUI language. So this is why you see this folder named "Desktop".

How to rename

  1. Enable "Show Hidden files" if Explorer Folder Options (In view tab)

  2. Open hidden file desktop.ini in Notepad

  3. Change LocalizedResourceName to whatever you like:

    LocalizedResourceName=My Magical Name

You can delete this desktop.ini file outright, but it is re-created automatically, sometimes.

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This is SO cool! I renamed my desktop to "Dash." Hello world of fantastically named system folders! I can't picture this blowing up all over my face... :) – Ryan Clarke Oct 14 '11 at 17:49
@haimg I've no idea why a search for desktop.ini through my drive gives me alot of results. Are you saying that all these files are safe to delete? – Pacerier Oct 14 '11 at 17:59
There are lots of "customized" folders by default: Documents, Pictures, Downloads, etc. Each time you use View|Customize in Windows Explorer, such file is created. So it's ok to have lots of these (hidden) desktop.ini files. But of course I cannot say that all your desktop.ini files could be safely deleted, I don't know for sure that all these files are indeed folder customization files... – haimg Oct 14 '11 at 18:09
I think you only want to change the one in the D:\pocket\test folder. – Ryan Clarke Oct 14 '11 at 18:13
@haimg cooool, could you explain the last 3 lines in the desktop.init file? – Pacerier Oct 15 '11 at 8:06

"Desktop" is a special virtual folder (hence the different icon). You changed the real folder it (effectively) points to, but you did not change the name of the special virtual folder that Windows Explorer shows you.

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It seems like more of a feature than a bug.

You have set the folder D:\Pocket\Test as your desktop folder. Now Windows Vista is masking the real folder and is showing you the logical folder that is the Desktop.

You can make sure that the desktop folder is indeed your D:\Pocket\Test by right clicking the Desktop folder and verifying the path in Properties.

Also try opening D:\Pocket\Test from Run Prompt. It should open Desktop folder.

If you REALLY want to see that D:\Pocket\Test exists, just boot up using a Live CD and browse your Windows drive to D:\Pocket\Test. You will find the folder there.

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How do we disable the "masking"? – Pacerier Oct 14 '11 at 17:07
@Pacerier: You can't. – surfasb Oct 14 '11 at 17:32
@surfasb heys help me with this issue: thanks =P – Pacerier Oct 14 '11 at 18:19

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