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Windows 10 local shell folders are not hidden after redirection causing "Location is not available" error, OR ProfileDisk will show these shorts using local ProfileDisk path

Product: ProfileUnity

Product Version: 6.5.1

Expires on: 365 days from publish date

Updated: October 31, 2016

 

Problem:

The configuration is set to redirect folders and the settings are set to "Hide Previous Location After Redirection".  While logging in to a desktop the local shell folders are showing and are inaccessible to the user.  

 

When using ProfileDisk (FlexDisk or VHD ProfileDisk) you may not get the error below, however, when using the shortcuts under My Computer will still show the local path. Implementation of this KB will hide the shortcuts from My Computer, but leave them intact in Quick Access pointing to the correct redirected path.

 

Symptoms:

The folders in green square are redirected and accessible. The folders in red box are not:

folder_error.png

 Error:

<path> is unavailable. If the location is on this PC, make sure that device or drive is connected or the disc is inserted, and then try again. If the location is on a network, make sure you're connected to the network or internet, and then try again. If the Location still can't be found, it might have been moved or deleted.

 

 

Possible Resolution(s):


In windows to remove folders from "This PC" it requires a "ThisPCPolicy" registry value to be "Hide". 

In this way the modification needs to be done for each folder you want to hide from "This PC window"

 

 

Use ProfileUnity registry.png  ProfileUnity module to modify the values during logon:

 

Example how  to hide "Desktop" from "This PC":

  • Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
  • Key: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641}\PropertyBag
  • Type: REG_SZ
  • Value: ThisPCPolicy
  • Data: Hide

Example:

HideDesktopFolder.png

Save, update the configuration and download the new modified ini for the setting to take effect on next logon.

(The "old" local path to desktop will be hidden)

Here is the list of all registry values and keys to modify to hide all folders:

Note: These entries are for a 64-bit OS. For a 32-bit OS, leave the Wow6432Node entries out. 

For a 64-bit OS, both the 32-bit and the 64-bit entries must be included.

 

Desktop:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641}\PropertyBag

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641}\PropertyBag


Music:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{a0c69a99-21c8-4671-8703-7934162fcf1d}\PropertyBag

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{a0c69a99-21c8-4671-8703-7934162fcf1d}\PropertyBag
 

Downloads:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{7d83ee9b-2244-4e70-b1f5-5393042af1e4}\PropertyBag

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{7d83ee9b-2244-4e70-b1f5-5393042af1e4}\PropertyBag
 

Videos:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{35286a68-3c57-41a1-bbb1-0eae73d76c95}\PropertyBag

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{35286a68-3c57-41a1-bbb1-0eae73d76c95}\PropertyBag
 

Pictures:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{0ddd015d-b06c-45d5-8c4c-f59713854639}\PropertyBag

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{0ddd015d-b06c-45d5-8c4c-f59713854639}\PropertyBag
 

Documents:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{f42ee2d3-909f-4907-8871-4c22fc0bf756}\PropertyBag

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{f42ee2d3-909f-4907-8871-4c22fc0bf756}\PropertyBag

 

 

To all locations add this"Reg_SZ" value: ThisPCPolicy  and Data: Hide

 

Result (Hiding all folders): 

fixed_hidden_folders.png

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