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Windows 7: moving the 'Users' folder from c: to another drive

24 Jul 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
moving the 'Users' folder from c: to another drive

I want to move the users folder from C: to D:.

i read, on another forum, that this could be done like so...
Lets imagine you have a PC with 3 accounts.
One is a plain admin account, (administrator) another is an account you have created for the move (adminmove) and the other is a boggo ussr account (user)
Shut down PC (important)
Fire up PC, log on as administrator. Run regedit and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
Change profilesdirectory to the new location. Any new users will now have their profiles go there.
go to your documents and settings folder. copy the adminmove and user folders to the new location. You will not get errors about files being locked UNLESS you have services using any of these user accounts to log on. To find out if you do go start>run>services.msc and make sure the log on as section uses no user accounts there.
Leave the S-15-18, S-15-19 and S-15-20 subkeys alone. Those profiles take up next to no space and I wouldn't risk changing them.
You will see some S-15-XX-blah subkeys. These are for the user accounts that exist on the computer. Within each key is a ProfileImagepath REG_EXPAND_SZ
Change these for all but the account you are logged on as.
Shutdown and restart the PC. Log on as adminmove.
start>run>cmd
type set and make sure the USERPROFILE shows the new location.
Move the administrator folder from documents and settings to the new location. Go into regedit again and change the profileimagepath for the administrator account.
Job done. If you want you can delete the profile for the adminmove account and delete the user. Use My computer/properties to delete the profile though. Do not use windows explorer

P.S. If you are determined to move the localservice and networkservice folders, boot in safe mode

This was posted by badass - Move the entire Documents and Settings folder to a different partition? - HEXUS.community discussion forums

What i did was boot linux mint 7 live cd and copy the users folder from C: to D: i then went back into windows 7 and did the reg changes.

it works, but all users now use now "Users\Public" and not there own Users folders and i get this error on log.
[.ShellClassInfo]
LocalizedResourceName=@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21787

Can ayone help resolve this issue?

thanks,

JR

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24 Jul 2009   #2

vista x64/ win 7 x64
 
 

i guess you're better off creating a user folder yourself and leave the registry alone.
Just assign your folder as user default folder, leave the original intact.

You are going in at the deep end here.
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24 Jul 2009   #3

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

i wanted to move my users folder to another partition too, but after doing a bit of research, i decided it looked too hairy and troublesome.

so i compromised and only moved my documents, pictures, videos and music folders, and left the root users folder where it was.
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24 Jul 2009   #4

Windows 7
 
 

mickey megabyte - that is what i was doing, but it dose not do what i need.

I need any user/new user that logs onto the system to be running from D: by default with no user interaction.

I am willing to learn here, so if anyone has any ideas or could help, please do.
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24 Jul 2009   #5

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

sorry, i run a single-user machine so i don't know about new users.

is there still a guest account option?
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24 Jul 2009   #6

Windows 7
 
 

in deed there is
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24 Jul 2009   #7

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

well, can you move guest's documents and photos, and all new users have to use guest account?
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24 Jul 2009   #8

vista x64/ win 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JonnyRock View Post
mickey megabyte - that is what i was doing, but it dose not do what i need.

I need any user/new user that logs onto the system to be running from D: by default with no user interaction.

I am willing to learn here, so if anyone has any ideas or could help, please do.
use this panel:


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24 Jul 2009   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by petrossa View Post
use this panel:
Nice theme...what is that?
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24 Jul 2009   #10

 

I believe this is what you want. I would make sure you backup your system before you give it a go.
Change User Profile Folder Location in Vista Joshua Mouch

Personal User Shell Folders - Move Location - Vista Forums

and also How to Change User Profile Default Location in Windows 7 | Windows 7 Hacker if it's a fresh install.
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