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Windows 7: You can move your home folder in windows 7?


04 Apr 2010   #1

windows 7 and xp
 
 
You can move your home folder in windows 7?

I'm looking for if you can move your home windows seven but I think it's impossible. Because in windows xp it's very simple ( http://i41.tinypic.com/2rorkhx.jpg ), but in windows seven? Hehe thanks in advance for answers...

Home folder for example C:\Users\Matthew I want to move to for example C:\Docs


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04 Apr 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello minione, welcome to Seven Forums!




Have a look at the tutorial at the link below.

User Folders - Change Default Location
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04 Apr 2010   #3

windows 7 and xp
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello minione, welcome to Seven Forums!




Have a look at the tutorial at the link below.

User Folders - Change Default Location
thx for the welcome.. but isn't this I'm looking for, I want this: if I click on Willy look ( http://i42.tinypic.com/316t6vk.jpg ) go to D:\Docs not C:\Users\Willy.
you understand now? all folder Willy not the folders into that..
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04 Apr 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Maybe if you right click it and explore the options.


click this image to enlarge
You can move your home folder in windows 7?-willie.jpg


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04 Apr 2010   #5

Windows 8.1 x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview
 
 

This is possible and I have seen it achieved but the potential issues caused by this particular move may be more trouble than they are worth.

The basic move can be performed using a manually created NTFS junction point but as the user folder contains more than the actual user data folders, (which can be moved simply using the locate function, thanks for the link BFK ), any application that writes it's data directly to where the folder should be will cause issues.

If you would like to investigate this further then all the tools you need are available as part of the Sysinternals suite from Microsoft

Windows Sysinternals: Documentation, downloads and additional resources

As the contents of folders under the main user folders are in constant use you will need the Movefiles and pendmoves utilities in addition to the MKlink one.

Although I personally advise against this mod, I wish you good luck and just remind you of the importance of adequate backups and images to this type of work
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04 Apr 2010   #6

windows 7 and xp
 
 

uhmm I had an idea. I can take the folder Documents in C:\Users\Willy and put that to D:\ . after this i have D:\Documents and the other folders as Music, Video, Downloads move them to D:\Documents. so I have a thing similiar to win xp and in start menu I hide the Personal folder from the menu right hehe.. is right :P i think...

very sorry for my english
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04 Apr 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Thanks for the help with this Nigel.
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04 Apr 2010   #8

Windows 8.1 x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview
 
 

To move the User folders that are movable by default, ie. documents, images, music etc, please follow the instructions in the previous post by Bare Foot Kid.

It may be a good idea to create suitable folders on your D: drive prior to starting
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04 Apr 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Also before you start any of this please create a restore point in case of any issues; have a look at the tutorial at the link below.

System Restore Point - Create
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04 Apr 2010   #10

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
To move the User folders that are movable by default, ie. documents, images, music etc, please follow the instructions in the previous post by Bare Foot Kid.

It may be a good idea to create suitable folders on your D: drive prior to starting
Yes, absolutely... create the target folders first! It's actually possible to render your system non-functional if you aren't careful with this...

3 guesses how I know that?
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