I just had a major brain fade and wiped the contents of My Documents in a stupid synchronisation operation. My actual work is safe elsewhere, but I'm worried about WinXP Pro. All the normal folders, i.e. My Pictures, My Data Sources etc have gone and are not in the Recycle Bin. Windows hasn't complained yet, but should I worry?
My Data Sources for the other user does contain config files and a HTC file, whatever that is. Sould I just re-create the folders, or should I do more than that? I know the My Pictures folder is not just any old folder because only there do you get to select a picture as a wallpaper.
You're right, the icons are important. I looked at the backed up folders on my USB HDD, and My Pictures there had the customise tab. I changed the icon, and it changed the name to Neil's Pictures! My Videos I re-created by opening Movie Maker. I tried the same trick with My Music, using Media Player - it created the folder but with the standard icon. Using Paint did not create a My Pictures folder.
I already had Powertoys and didn't think of trying it. It didn't work, just jumbled up my desktop! But I also saw it has a feature to change the location of special folders. I didn't change them, but it correctly selected the proper folders, so I guess it's OK.
In case anyone else is ever as stupid as me...the answer is to create the desktop.ini file. I just copied the equivalent for each folder from another user, and substituted my user name where necessary. Works fine now.