doesn't update to changed Explorer registry value




14 years ago
10 years ago


(Reporter: jbourne, Assigned: bugs)


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14 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20041107 Firefox/1.0
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20041107 Firefox/1.0

Firefox does not update location when Windows' default
location for the folder (C:\Documents and Settings\[USER]\Desktop) is changed.
Firefox continues to download files by default to C:\Documents and
Settings\[USER]\Desktop rather than the real Desktop folder that Windows uses.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Change the value for Desktop in
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell
Folders] from its default to another location.
2. Launch Firefox
3. Download a file using the (don't save as...)
Actual Results:  
Firefox will download to, as it is supposed to. However,
since is no longer the same as the value for Desktop in
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell
Folders], the download does not appear on the real Windows Desktop folder.

Expected Results:  
Firefox should recognize the registry edit. When the value for Desktop in
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell
Folders] is changed and if the value for is still set to
the default C:\Documents and Settings\<USER>\Desktop directory, then Firefox
should realize that the real Desktop folder has been changed and update
accordingly so that downloads saved to the "default" location show up on the
Desktop the user sees rather than in C:\Documents and Settings\<USER>\Desktop.

This could easily be argued from two standpoints: as a bug or as a user
preference. In my opinion it is a bug, but to others, the status quo may be

From a network administrator's standpoint, it is convenient to change users'
Desktop folder to a server that is accessible to all computers. That way, a user
can get his own personal Desktop on any workstation where he is logged in to the
network. However, it is frustrating to this user that Firefox's downloads do not
show up on the Desktop he sees. The user very likely will not know how to edit
about:config or Tools > Options... > Downloads > Download Folder to reflect the
network location of his Desktop. Even if he does realize the need for the
change, it is likely that he either does not know the exact network location of
his Desktop folder or doesn't have permission to browse there.


14 years ago
Summary: Default download directory doesn't update to changed registry value → doesn't update to changed Explorer registry value

Comment 1

14 years ago
Just visited your Web site, Ben. Sweet ride. :D
there's a bug somewhere on using system variables to dictate pref values, until
that happens there isn't a lot we can do.  If on startup, desktop is set to path
X, we'll expand that out and set the pref to a real value.  If we didn't do
that, it could be useful, but that's non-trivial.

This is sort of a dupe, of course.

additional note: in the network admin case, I would hope that he sets the paths
before the users get the profiles, or how will the find the stuff already saved
on their desktops? :)
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