Windows – How to change default desktop folder location on Windows Vista


Vista says now: "Desktop folder location is not available…"

Its default location appears to have changed. How do I change it back? It should be simple in theory, however I cannot find a simple answer on the net. Not even from Microsoft folks. There must be an easy way to do this without "hacking" registry entries.

Does anybody know how?


Best Answer

  • To move your Desktop folder to a new location:

    • make sure the target folder exists; create it if it doesn't
    • open your User folder
    • right-click on the folder Desktop
    • select Properties
    • open the Location Tab and click Move
    • now pick the new location and click Apply

    You may be prompted to copy, move, overwrite files if they already exist in the new folder.

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