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Windows 7: Is it possible to bypass the user system completely?

20 Sep 2012   #1

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Is it possible to bypass the user system completely?

There is only one user on my computer - me. So is it possible to bypass the user system completely or would that require a full re-write of the filing system? Seems to me that I have little if any control over where files are stored. For instance, every time I download a file, it is stored in downloads by default. I then have to fish it out from this directory to save it where I want it saved.

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20 Sep 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

Windows these days is a multi-user system using NTFS which uses users and groups to assign permissions. In fact all modern OS' are multi-user systems including Linux and MacOS. You can bypass the logon screen completely, by using the Netplwiz.exe to get it to login automatically using a username and password of your choice.

As for downloads, you can use Regedit program to specify a different download location than the default.
Load Regedit and browse to HKEY_Current_User\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer and change the 'Download Directory' entry to a different folder. Mine goes to a folder on the D: drive.
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20 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Every browser has the option to select where files are downloaded.

In your browser look for Options or Settings. You should find a section for Downloads, here you can make the change to your preference.

Without knowing which browser you are using, it's hard to give specific advice about where to look.
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20 Sep 2012   #4
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

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21 Sep 2012   #5

Windows 7 x64 SP1

As the others have said, you can usually set the download locations for virtually anything that needs to be downloaded. Personally, I try to keep the OS partition as small as possible so most downloads are sent to one or more separate partitions - one for normal data that is kept and another for temporary data. It is then much easier to keep the system partition from fragmenting or growing appreciably in the amount used. I just have the Temporary Internet Files located in the OS partition (cleared regularly) for convenience. I don't use Libraries at all.

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