File Locations in Windows

 

Overview - Windows folder locations

I'm trying to merge the windows folder locations for my documents, my pictures, my videos, favorites, and application data and the other really interesting stuff into one place where I can get at it, mostly in an effort to help myself, but also to help others. This was merged from my memory, knowedge of my own XP system and strucure of windows 98/me/2000/vista/7, and also verified from other sources as linked at the bottom.

command

98/ME: C:\Windows\Command

NT:

2000: --------------

XP: ---------------

Vista/7/8: -----------

My Music

98/ME: C:\My Documents\My Music

NT: c:\WINNT\Profiles\<username>\My Documents\My Music

2000: (not in 2000)
OR C:\winnt\Profiles\<username>\My Documents\My Music

XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\My Documents\My Music

Vista/7/8: C:\Users\<username>\Music OR %PUBLIC%\Music=c:\Users\Public\Music (public music not in 8)

My Documents

98/ME: C:\My Documents

NT: c:\WINNT\Profiles\<username>\My Documents

2000: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\My Documents
OR C:\winnt\Profiles\<username>\My Documents

XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\My Documents

Vista/7/8: C:\Users\<username>\Documents
OR %PUBLIC%\Documents=c:\Users\Public\Documents (public documents not in 8)

My Pictures

98/ME: c:\My Documents\My Pictures

NT: c:\WINNT\Profiles\<username>\My Documents\My Pictures

2000: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\My Documents\My Pictures
OR C:\winnt\Profiles\<username>\My Documents\My Pictures

XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\My Documents\My Pictures

Vista/7/8: C:\Users\<username>\Pictures
OR %PUBLIC%\Pictures=c:\Users\Public\Pictures (public pictures not in 8)

My Videos

98/ME: C:\My Documents\My Videos

NT: (not in NT)

2000: (not in 2000)

XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\My Documents\My Videos

Vista/7/8: %USERPROFILE%\Videos=C:\Users\<username>\Videos
OR %PUBLIC%\Videos=c:\Users\Public\Videos (public videos not in 8)

Downloads

98/ME:

NT: (not in 2000)

2000: (not in 2000)

XP:

Vista/7/8: %USERPROFILE%\Downloads=C:\Users\<username>\AppData

Contacts

98/ME:

NT:

2000: (not in 2000)

XP:

Vista/7/8: %USERPROFILE%\Contacts=C:\Users\<username>\Contacts

Application Data

98/ME:

NT: c:\WINNT\Profiles\<username>\Application Data

2000: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data
OR C:\winnt\Profiles\<username>\Application Data

XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data

Vista/7/8: %APPDATA%=C:\Users\<username>\AppData (in 8, appdata is virtual)

Start Menu

98/ME: C:\Windows\Start Menu

NT: c:\WINNT\Profiles\<username>\Start Menu

2000: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Start Menu
OR C:\winnt\Profiles\<username>\Start Menu

XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Start Menu
OR C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu

Vista/7/8: C:\Users\<username>\Start Menu

Desktop

98/ME: C:\Windows\Desktop

NT: C:\WINNT\Profiles\<username>\Desktop

2000: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Desktop
OR C:\winnt\Profiles\<username>\Desktop

XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Desktop

Vista/7/8: C:\Users\<username>\Desktop

Favorites

98/ME: C:\Windows\Favorites

NT: C:\WINNT\Profiles\<username>\Favorites

2000: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Favorites
OR C:\winnt\Profiles\<username>\Favorites

XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Favorites

Vista/7/8: C:\Users\<username>\Favorites

windows files

98/ME: C:\Windows

NT: C:\Winnt\System32

2000: C:\winnt\System32

XP: C:\Windows\System32

Vista/7/8: C:\Windows\system32

temporary burn folder

98/ME: (not in 9x/me)

NT: (not in NT)

2000: (not in 2000)

XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\CD Burning

Vista/7/8: %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Burn\Burn
or %LOCALAPPDATA%\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Burn\Temporary Burn Folder = c:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Burn\Burn
or C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Burn\Temporary Burn Folder (hidden, system folder see article)

Startup folder

98/ME: c:\windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

NT: c:\Profiles\<username>\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

2000: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
OR C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
OR C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Vista/7/8: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup=c:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
OR %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup=c:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

NOTE TO SELF

GOING FROM MEMORY AND OTHER SOURCES.
- NOTATE NT4 folders.
- VERIFY 8 (based on vista code so I think I'm right).
- WAITING FOR COPYRIGHT PERMISSION ON windows std file locations (no response)
- THESE FOLDER LOCATIONS ARE ONLY GOOD FOR US ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

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Environment Variables

with this section, I have not verified the environment variables on other OS's. these are from Windows XP Sp3.

%LOCALAPPDATA%=%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\=c:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\ on XP it's C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Local Settings\Application Data

%USERPROFILE%=C:\Users\<username;gt;

%ProgramData%=C:\ProgramData

%Public%=c:\Users\Public

%ALLUSERSPROFILE%=c:\Users\Public

%APPDATA%=c:\Users\<username>Application Data

%PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE%=x86/???? or AMD64 or IA64 or MIPS or ALPHA or I think ARM (WINDOWS NT AND UP)

%CommonProgramFiles%=C:\Program Files\Common Files (WINDOWS NT AND UP)

%ALLUSERSPROFILE%=C:\Documents and Settings\All Users (WINDOWS NT AND UP)

%COMPUTERNAME%=<computername> (WINDOWS NT AND UP)

%ComSpec%=C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe (WINDOWS NT AND UP)

%HOMEDRIVE%=C: (WINDOWS NT AND UP)

%HOMEPATH%=\Documents and Settings\<username> (WINDOWS NT AND UP)

%LOGONSERVER%=<computername> (WINDOWS NT AND UP)

%NUMBER_OF_PROCESSORS%=2 (WINDOWS NT AND UP, fill in your number of processors, yours will probably be different than this)

%OS%=Windows_NT (WINDOWS NT AND UP, maybe 9x too. on xp it reports Windows_NT.)

%PROCESSOR_IDENTIFIER%=x86 Family 15 Model 3 Stepping 4, GenuineIntel (WINDOWS NT AND UP, puts your proc id in, yours will be different than this.)

%PROCESSOR_LEVEL%=15 (WINDOWS NT AND UP)

%PROCESSOR_REVISION%=0304 (WINDOWS NT AND UP)

%ProgramFiles%=C:\Program Files (WINDOWS NT AND UP)

%PROMPT%=$P$G (WINDOWS NT AND UP, $P is the path, $G is a greater than sign.)

%SystemDrive%=C: (WINDOWS NT AND UP)

%SystemRoot%=C:\WINDOWS (WINDOWS NT AND UP)

%TEMP%=C:\DOCUME~1\JIMMIC~1\LOCALS~1\Temp (WINDOWS NT AND UP, will be customized to your username)

%TMP%=C:\DOCUME~1\JIMMIC~1\LOCALS~1\Temp (WINDOWS NT AND UP, will be customized to your username)

%USERDOMAIN%=<computername> (WINDOWS NT AND UP)

%USERNAME%=Jim Michaels (WINDOWS NT AND UP)

%USERPROFILE%=C:\Documents and Settings\Jim Michaels (WINDOWS NT AND UP)

%windir%=C:\WINDOWS (WINDOWS NT AND UP)

%PATHEXT%=.COM;.EXE;.BAT;.CMD;.VBS;.VBE;.JS;.JSE;.WSF;.WSH (WINDOWS NT AND UP)