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Explorer\User Shell Folders

Updated: March 28, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2



The User Shell Folders subkey of the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE subtree stores the paths to Windows Explorer folders for the current user of the computer.

Windows uses the value of this entry internally. To retrieve this value, use the SHGetFolderPath() application programming interface (API).


  • Do not delete this entry from the registry or change its value. These changes can cause serious, unexpected results.

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