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Jan 14, 2011

Windows XP Environment Variable equivalents in Windows 7

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Today I had to install some software that uses default Windows XP paths. However, I am running Windows 7 64 bit, so the locations are different. What are the new paths in Windows 7?

Doing a quick Google, I found this: Recognized Environment Variables

This is a Microsoft tech note that maps/translates default Windows XP paths to Windows 7 paths. Very, very useful.

In my case, I need to know what are the default paths for user templates and all user templates. Here is the scoop.

Templates for All Users
Windows XP Location: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Templates
Windows 7 Location: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Templates

Templates for a User Account
Windows XP Location: C:\Documents and Settings\username\Templates
Windows 7 Location: C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates
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