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#1 Alex Z

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 12:43 PM


New member ...first post. Hope someone can help me .

Ive recently copied/pasted my desktop items to an external drive (as a psuedo backup), and it appears the registry has now mapped itself at start-up (the desktop icons) to that external drive - hence if i dont have it connected, it says "location is not available" ...and i only see the control panel icon on a black desktop.

An error message pops up - its looking for a folder on the "J:/..." drive
So, as a remedy i tried - taking a look at the registry using regedit for entries with that location, and I found a few - especially in the ...\explorer\shell folders . I haven't changed them as i'm not sure what i should put there now - the files are on the J drive so ide obviously have to copy them to the 'correct' location and then point to this 'correct' folder...

Now - obviously i dont know how i managed to change the registry to point to the this location, rather than the usual folder [...\system 32\desktop] (right??) ] location ; so i don't know how to set it back to the correct location without making things worse by editing the reg .

Any advice ? Ive looked online and most recommend a system restore - WTF why ???
I don't want to do that. Surely its simply matter of changing a property of some file .

System: Vista Home

ps - when i look at the desktop file within my user profile and right click it to access its 'properties' ; in order to change the 'Location' as per some other advice ive seen online - BUT there is no such tab in the properties window .

kind regards in advance.



Have you fix this problem? I'm having the very same problem. I also went to best buy and bought an external hard drive and I did the same thing you did, I moved all my Documents folders, desktop files, music pic etc... then I transfered everything back to the C drive and disconnected the External Hard drive. Next time I rebooted my PC. I got the following message

Location Not Available

J:\ Desktop refers to a location that is not available. It could be on a hard drive on this computer or on a network.
Check to make sure the disk is properly Inserted.

Anyone out there, Please help!!


Alex Z

Edited by hamluis, 18 October 2012 - 11:02 AM.
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#2 Alex Z

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 03:37 PM

Nope, that didnt work =(

I still have the problem

#3 Kaushik Gada

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 05:25 AM

Try this out. It will help you out mostly.

1. Note the path which is been flashed on the screen as "Location is no available"
2. Note the path which you want to replace with the above location.
3. Goto Start->Run. Type regedit and say run [Note: Using REGISTRY Editor is on your risk]
4. Search for the path you noted in step no. 1
5. When you find it replace with the path you want as in step no. 2
6. Once done close the registry editor and restart the computer syster.
7. Hopefully your problem will be solved.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 02:16 PM

A suggestion has been made that involves modifying the registry. Modifying the registry can be dangerous (and can render your system unbootable) so it's advisable that you make a backup of the registry before proceeding. Modification of the registry can be EXTREMELY dangerous if you do not know exactly what you are doing so follow the steps that are listed below EXACTLY. if you cannot perform some of these steps or if you have ANY questions please ask BEFORE proceeding.Backing Up Your Registry
  • Go Here and download ERUNT (ERUNT (Emergency Recovery Utility NT) is a free program that allows you to keep a complete backup of your registry and restore it when needed.)
  • Install ERUNT by following the prompts (use the default install settings but say no to the portion that asks you to add ERUNT to the start-up folder, if you like you can enable this option later)
  • Start ERUNT (either by double clicking on the desktop icon or choosing to start the program at the end of the setup)
  • Choose a location for the backup (the default location is C:\WINDOWS\ERDNT which is acceptable).
  • Make sure that at least the first two check boxes are ticked
  • Press OK
  • Press YES to create the folder.
Registry ModificationsFor more information about modifying the registry, see this Microsoft article: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/256986
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Posted 17 October 2012 - 05:57 PM


System look

Launch it and copy this script

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders /s

Click on LOOK,post the generated log

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