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I want to create a short cut to the System Folder version of my home folder. Actually, I want to do this for every user, but lets focus on a single user. I do not want to create a link to C:\users\%USERNAME, while it is the same location, the view settings can be different and this for some reason confuses users. It sure seems likely that there must be a way to create a shortcut to this in the same way it is possible to create the master control panel shortcut, but I haven't been able to find the correct GUID while searching.

When I am talking about the System Folder version, the highlighted folder is what I want.

Desktop - Home Folder Home Folder - System

I do not want to create a shortcut to this view of the folder C:\users\%USERNAME%.

Home Folder - c:\users\username

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The GUID for the Shell Extention (i.e. special) version of the User's home Folder is {59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}.

A link based on that GUID will open the Home folder of the signed-in user.

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This is what I was looking for. In case anyone else cares you can start a new explorer Window using a command like explorer.exe ::{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}. – Zoredache Mar 22 '12 at 18:09

Link to %userprofile% will work

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Improving on to what Mattias Åslund said, you could go to the users file ( "C:\Users" ) by doing something similar to:

cd %userprofile%


Unfortunately, from what i know, you cant do something like:


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This is about navigating within GUI, not a shell. I want the GUI to go to the home folder, and not the expand the full path. Yes I know that they are both the same location, but they operate differently in explorer. The breadcrumbs are different, and the apparent sub folders are different. – Zoredache Feb 26 '15 at 8:12

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