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Windows 7: Utility to Move User Folders

18 Sep 2009   #1

Windows 7 x64
Utility to Move User Folders

When we setup new PCs, re image old PCs etc, we like to have a "Data" drive or partition that we move the Users system folders to. Rather then move the entire "Users" directory, We like to create a folder on this "Data Drive" called "Joe's Folders". In that folder we copy the user folders (Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Favorites, Links, Music, Pictures, and Videos). We then manually click on each user folder and reset the location to these.

I am sure we are not the only ones to do this. Is there a utility, registry update file, or something out their that could automate this rather than having to repeat the move location for all 8 user folders?

Can this be done in Sysprep?

Thanks for any advice?


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18 Sep 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello Jweigel,

This can help show you how to move individual user folders like that. The user folders will still be in the Start Menu, but point to the location that you move them to instead.

User Folders - Change Default Location

Hope this helps,
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18 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu

Hi jweigel

The short answer to your question is Yes this may be automated - unfortunately the long answer is quite long.

The documentation for the windows automated installation kit [WAIK], is here ....


This is the one for the RC of windows 7 which is the latest I can locate, later issues for the RTM should be available shortly if not already.

Hope this helps
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20 Sep 2009   #4

Windows 7 x64
Who would have thought....

Thanks for the tips guys. A colleague read that you can drag and drop the user folder to another folder/drive. I tested a few versus using the location/ move option. Drag and drop appears to move the the user folder, update the location, and remove the default folder. Best of all, you can highlight all the user folder you wish to move and move at the same time. About as quick as it gets.

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