A number of system folders in Vista are most easily accessed with the "Shell:" command. The folders are listed.
Used laptopsSometimes it's desired to work with one of the special system folders. As discussed on another page, Windows XP system folders can be opened by entering the folder name in the Run line. However, in Vistathis procedure does not work. Instead, the folder name has to be preceded with the command "shell:". Although the Run line can still be used, it is not shown in the default Vista configuration and theStart menu's "Start Search" line can be used instead. For example, to open the "SendTo" folder, enter shell:sendto Note that there must be no spaces between "shell:" and the command. Also note thecolon. The command is not case-sensitive.
The command prompt can also be used to open special system folders with the shell command. In the command prompt the shell command must be used in conjunctionwith the "start" command. For example, to open the "Cookies" folder the command would be:start shell:cookiesThis method of opening system folders is also applicable in Windows XP.
Below is a list ofsystem folders that can be opened. The list is taken from the Registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\FolderDescriptions (The list will vary somewhatdepending on the version of Vista.)
Vista System Folders
Common Administrative ToolsCommon AppData
Common Start Menu