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Windows 7: Change location of user folders?

11 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7
Unattended Installation (was: Change location of user folders?)

I usually try to separate data from system files and programs, to counter defragmentation and for better backup possibilities. So I would like to change the location of the user folders (by default: c:\users) so that user data is stored on my data partition instead (d:\users). So far I was able to manually move most of the "My XYZ" folders ("My Documents", etc.) by clicking "properties" and then "Path". However, it is not possible for all of it, and I also would like to move all those roaming/appdata folders, so that user-specific configurations are moved as well.

Is that possible?

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11 Apr 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello Jaochoo,

Yes, this is possible, but it's best to have done this with a clean install before installing any programs.

User Profile - Change Default Location

User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation

Hope this helps,
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16 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7

Thanks! That's exactly what I was looking for! And the unattended installation thing sounds really promising. That's why I would like to add another question regarding the unattended installation:

- In the tutorial it says I have to use an XML file on a USB thumb drive for the unattended installation. Is it possible to pack the XML file on a Windows 7 installation DVD together with all the normal Windows installation files so that the unattended installation is automatic?
- Further, is it possible to add other configuration settings (language, serial, system configuration, etc.) and even software (anti virus software, Office, etc.) so that in case of a clean installation I can just put in the DVD and everything goes automatic?
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16 Apr 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

You're welcome Jaochoo.

I find that after you have a clean install done with everything you want set and installed is finished, creating a system image is a easy way to do that. That way, all you would have to do is do a system image recovery back to exactly how your computer was when a image was created.
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