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Windows 7: User Folders - Change Default Location

26 Oct 2010   #110

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

No, it should just be one copy of each and appear just as it did in the C:\Users\(user-name) folder except at E:\Users\(user-name) instead.

If you are seeing 2 of each, then move the user folder back to C: , then use the tutorial below to fix your individual user folders to have only one copy of them again. Next, try moving the C:\Users\(user-name) again as in the tutorial on the first page to see if it will move properly for you this time.

User Folders - Restore Default Location

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26 Oct 2010   #111

Windows7 Home Premium 64bit

First, thanks again for taking the time to reply. Now that I had my morning coffee, let try and explain myself better.

What would the proper way to change the default location of 2 users to the same drive? I wasn't very clear earlier. I had no problems moving the first user as shown in your helpful tutorial. When I start relocating on the second account, there are 2 My Music folders on my E drive. Is this okay?

I tried to make a folder named Me on drive E to put my user folders in to keep them separate. I ended up with 2 my music folders on E. Im not sure if that's okay. What should I do?

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26 Oct 2010   #112

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


As long as each My Music folder is one for each user, then it's fine. If there are 2 each in the "Me" folder for the same account, then something is wrong and you need to restore the folders back to the default location and try moving them again afterwards.
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26 Oct 2010   #113

Windows7 Home Premium 64bit

Terrific, I'll try it again tomorrow. The 2 My music folders kinda made me nervous. Ill post back how it went. Thanks!
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26 Oct 2010   #114

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're welcome. Please keep us posted.
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27 Oct 2010   #115

Windows7 Home Premium 64bit
It worked!

Just posting back to say it worked. I ended up putting my user folders in a folder in E just so I can keep track of them. I think earlier I goofed up and maybe selected the the folder that contained my new user folders instead of the actual target folder. I'll blame lack of coffee......

I'll have to browse this forum for some more good pointers.

Thanks a bunch Brink!
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27 Oct 2010   #116

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome Ginsu. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.
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02 Nov 2010   #117
Alain Quarre

Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Hello Everybody
as you can do to move the user profile for All New User Accounts Created,
you can modify registry to setup new position for all new user.

to do that, you must modify the default user registry hive

this hive is there:

  1. Load default user registry hive:
    Open administrator command prompt.
    Type: reg load hklm\Default C:\users\default\ntuser.dat
  2. Open regedit
  3. Go to
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Default\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
    and export them to save place
    That key is used to build new user account
    User Folders - Change Default Location-01.png
  4. Modify these value > to change folder position
    Personal > My Documents
    My Music > My Music
    My Pictures > My Pictures
    My Video > My Video
    Desktop > Desktop
    {374DE290-123F-4565-9164-39C4925E467B} Downloads

    Favorites > Favorites
    Templates > Templates
    Cache > Temporary Internet Files
    Cookies > Cookies
    History > History
  5. These value are not present in original hive.
    You can add :
    {4C5C32FF-BB9D-43B0-B5B4-2D72E54EAAA4} > Saved Games
    {56784854-C6CB-462B-8169-88E350ACB882} > Contacts
    {7D1D3A04-DEBB-4115-95CF-2F29DA2920DA} > Searches
    {BFB9D5E0-C6A9-404C-B2B2-AE6DB6AF4968} > Links
    CD Burning > Burn
  6. Uload registry hive
    Open administrator command prompt.
    Type: reg unload hklm\Default
    You must unload the registry hive.
To place My Documents Folder in D:\Documents\username\Documents,
modify Personal value with D:\Documents\%username%\Documents

Caution: Pay attention to variable %username%
If you forget it, All new users will have a common My Documents folder.

Modification result:
User Folders - Change Default Location-02.png

to restore original values, use your exported key created in point 3, or:

User Folders - Restore Default Location

You can also use this script to do all with few clic:
User Folders - Moving User Folders by Modular Script - Windows 7 Forums


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20 Jan 2011   #118

7 home premium 64 bit

Just to make sure I did this right, are the music, pictures and video folders suppose to still be under my c:\user?

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20 Jan 2011   #119

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello KBZ,

Sorry, but no you shouldn't have the user folders listed anymore at the C:\User\(user-name) location once it has been moved.

Since you do, then it looks like the WARNING under step 9 in OPTION ONE of this tutorial happened to you. You can fix this, be restoring the default locations of the user folders, and moving them again being careful of the warning.
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