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    Failed to apply folder redirection for Desktop and Start Menus Suddenly

    OK so this problem has been driving me mad for a few weeks!

    Recently we keep getting students logging on without a desktop or start menu. The event log says "failed to apply policy and attempt to redirect "Desktop" to...

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    I can fix the problem by deleting their local profile and then deleting some registry keys HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\ but have no idea what that is actually doing :/

    So what's causing the problem in the first place? and how do I fix it globally instead of on each machine? I've been messing with reg files and group policy for hours with no success!

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    Is it for all users on the computer? We get this every now and then on 1 or 2 machines. usually after Windows updates have been installed.

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    We had this, drove me to distraction. In the end, I employed a permanently set GPO for all PCs which runs on startup every time (it's tiny so adds little time). Not had issues since.

    You need a batch file to run on startup:

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    regedit /s \\server\install$\folderredirection.reg
    And a reg file (folderredirection.reg)

    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{2112AB0A-C86A-4ffe-A368-0DE96E47012E}]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{2112AB0A-C86A-4ffe-A368-0DE96E47012E}\PropertyBag]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{491E922F-5643-4af4-A7EB-4E7A138D8174}]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{491E922F-5643-4af4-A7EB-4E7A138D8174}\PropertyBag]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{7b0db17d-9cd2-4a93-9733-46cc89022e7c}]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{7b0db17d-9cd2-4a93-9733-46cc89022e7c}\PropertyBag]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{A302545D-DEFF-464b-ABE8-61C8648D939B}]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{A302545D-DEFF-464b-ABE8-61C8648D939B}\PropertyBag]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{A990AE9F-A03B-4e80-94BC-9912D7504104}]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{A990AE9F-A03B-4e80-94BC-9912D7504104}\PropertyBag]

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    Thanks @3s-gtech but I tried that as a user group policy login but it didn't work.

    Do you apply the script to the machine logon or the user logon? Maybe thats what I got wrong!
    Last edited by zag; 11th September 2013 at 03:44 PM.

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    It will need to be a startup script. Users wont have permissions to change HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

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    Thanks again, I had wondered why it didn't seem to apply.

    Sorry if I'm being totally dumb here but could someone show me how to apply this to the computer using GP.

    I know how to set a user start-up script just not one for the computer startup.

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    Go in the same place as you was on your screenshot but under the computer configuration section. Make sure you put this in a GP applying to your computers not users.

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    Thanks, it all makes sense now!!

    That solution appears to have worked. You are correct that the registry file was not applying when used against the student logins.

    I actually hate Microsoft sometimes, how could they break folder redirection and not do anything about it, idiots!

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    Just checked the reg stuff its the same as the fix we apply.

    Do your machines have KB980408 this seems to be the thing that breaks it.

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    It seems this is probably our own fault for disabling the libraries

    I ran a reg file from here a while ago to remove the libraries, apparently that KB intefers with the other reg file.

    More info in the comments here:

    blergh central – nebev.net » Blog Archive » Folder Redirection Woes

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