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I've been doing a bit of registry editing. As you can see (the accepted answer), each of five keys in the registry points to a location. This works fine with normal directories.

However, My Computer isn't a physical location, so how can I link to it like I could a normal directory?

I thought maybe the registry could point to a shortcut to My Computer, but Windows 8 won't allow me to point a shortcut there. (The Ok option is greyed out on the new shortcut wizard when My Computer is selected.)

(This may be applicable to other versions of windows; hence the double tagging.)

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You can create a directory and name it

My Computer.{20d04fe0-3aea-1069-a2d8-08002b30309d}

Shell paths, such as My Computer, have a GUID and this is a way of creating a link to such a path that has no representation in the file system.

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Can you explain what this does? Is that a memory address? –  ACarter Nov 4 '12 at 21:42

From my analysis My Computer can be represented by the registry key ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

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