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Turning off folder redirection

I’m trying to kill a folder redirection policy that’s not needed anymore but having a tough time getting it to revert the Documents, Pictures, and Videos folders back to the local path (%USERPROFILE%\Documents, %USERPROFILE%\Videos, %USERPROFILE%\Pictures)

I created a new folder redirection GPO along with a test OU and changed the setting under the target tab “Target folder location” to redirect to the local userprofile location”. Also made sure the user was in the new OU.

Also, under the Settings tab > Policy Removal it’s set to “redirect the folder back to the local userprofile location when the policy is removed”. Having this one enabled would seem like once I delete the GPO from the Users OU that it would set those folders back to the default but after multiple reboots and running GPUPDATE /FORCE a few times, it’s still being redirected to the server somehow.

I can see the new GPO is applied when running a GPRESULT /R but it’s like it’s not even applying the settings for some reason. It’s the only folder redirection GPO being applied. Any suggestions?

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LimitlessTechnology-2700 answered

Hello @GlenTech-5974

Unfortunately if the first folder redirection was not enabled to "Revert files to the original location" there is a high change that the folders will not move even creating a new policy.

For a one time off, I would recommend the manual approach. Proceed as follows:

Disable Folder Redirection for that specific profile
Run> gpupdate
Reboot the computer.
(On the workstation) verify the location of Documents, Pictures & Downloads.
To verify the location of Documents, Pictures & Downloads, on a User Workstation:

press Win + E & Go to "C:\Users\%profilename%"
Right Click on each of the redirected folders (ie. Documents, Pictures, Downloads, etc.).
Click on Properties. Go to the Location Tab to verify the folder location.
Repeat Steps 1..3 for each redirected folder to verify the Folders location.

IF the Location is not correct, Then Click on the "Restore Default"-Button.
That will restore your Redirected Folders to their default locations (ie. "C:\Users\%profilename%\Documents", "C:\Users\%profilename%\Downloads", etc.)

Hope this helps you save time,
Best regards,




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