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Windows 7: User Folders - Change Default Location

07 Aug 2010   #100
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

jsetton, I suggest you also delete the hibefile - provided you do not use hibernation. Open a Command Prompt as admin and type or paste:

powercfg.exe -h off

Then press enter. That will free up a few GBs (equivalent to the size of your RAM).

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07 Aug 2010   #101

windows 7

I have got this to work fine, but now that I have moved locations, Windows search can no longer search the files. I have rebuilt the index, restored to original settings, confrmed and individuallys selected the folders in the search index options.
Any ideas on how to get windows to be able to find files in these folders? Right now I have switched to using "everything" because I can't get it to work. Thanks.
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07 Aug 2010   #102

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello 777jam, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Double check to make sure that you have added the new folder location to be included in the index search results.

Index Locations - Add or Remove

Hope this helps,
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07 Aug 2010   #103

windows 7

Thanks for the response. yes they are all listed there. Each of the folder that are not indexed search just fine, but just slowly. All the folders that are indexed that have been moved can't be searched though. Any other suggestions. I have had the same problem on 3 different computers.

Has anyone done this move and actually had the search function work properly? I tried it on a friends computer as well and it didn't work for him.

thanks for any help
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07 Aug 2010   #104

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


I was able to move the user folder (ex: My Music), add it to the index, rebuild the index until completed, then be able to search for a file in the new folder from the Start Menu.

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16 Sep 2010   #105

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

me again digging out old threads (for me there are new)

As I can see and read in all the forums this way of moving user files is the most popular
but I don't see any mention about the correction of the junctions initiated by the creation of the first account
on installing Seven!
as I said,the folders are moved,no doubt about it,but the original junctions of this folders are not changed in
" C:\Users\Default\NTUSER.DAT"
A Belgium author " Alain Quarré " made an authomatic script to move these folders and even more ,as you can edit the ini file and choose the folders you want to migrate.after the moves done a prompt command will automatiquely rebuild the junctions in the "Ruche" approximatively the heart of the registery
I don't know the name in English.
But the main difference is that this is done for the next new account created and not the actually one
But this is the finest way when you install or reinstall Seven
you just name the first account "Test" for exemple and right after you arrive on seven desk then you run the script with administrator rights
as your test account is still " Like a virgin " you just have to create a new account and delete the test one without regrets
of course you will find the choiced files in the new place as if this was done by Seven installation
this is not my script but if you want I can make a presentation and all explanations as original but in English
as it is in French of course
this script is just amazing and deserve to be known by all
just ring me and I will make a thread

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27 Sep 2010   #106
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

a tip for the lazy - rather than type or paste shell:UsersFilesFolder into the search-box, you can just right-click on your user name at the top of the start-menu, and click 'Open'.

apologies if this has already been suggested, but i couldn't see it in the original tutorial.

*edit* don't even bother with the right-click, just click the user-name.
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25 Oct 2010   #107

Windows7 Home Premium 64bit
Thanks for this tutorial. One question though.

I just did a clean install of win7. I'm setting up accounts for me and my wife. Is there a trick to pulling this off with multiple accounts? The first account went just like the tutorial showed. But on the second, I ended up with 2 "my music" folders on my E drive. Is this okay? It didn't seem right so made a folder in E labled me to put my relocated folders into. But when I moved the user folder, it changed the folder labeled me to my music. Also, e was now visible when clicked on my user account name along with my videos etc. Do I have to partion? Thanks for the tutorial BTW.
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25 Oct 2010   #108

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Ginsu, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It seems that there may have been a mistake made somewhere along the line. Restore the user account back to the default location and make sure that the individual user folders (ex: My Music) have the correct default locations as well. Afterwards, try moving again.

User Folders - Restore Default Location
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26 Oct 2010   #109

Windows7 Home Premium 64bit

Hi brink, thanks for replying. I'm probably over thinking this, but what should I see in my E drive after relocating both sets of user files? Would it be 2 my music, my video etc. folders?

Thanks for taking the time to reply.
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