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The path My Pictures contains an invalid character

November 23, 2015

The path My Pictures contains an invalid character

I see this error, or something similar, from time to time.  Most recently I’ve seen it when doing Quickbook updates  It’s generally caused by folder redirection.  When user folders (My Pictures, My Music, etc.) are redirected to a network share software installation and updating can ball-up.

You change the location of those folders in Regedit:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

Poke around those keys and change the locations to point to a local folder.  You may need to make new folders somewhere on c:\.  Pay attention to what you’re changing in case you want to change it back.