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Windows 7: User Folders - Change Default Location


29 Jul 2009   #119
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
User Folders - Change Default Location

How to Change the Default Location of User Folders in Windows 7 and Windows 8

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20 Jan 2011   #120
kbz1960

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbz1960 View Post
Just to make sure I did this right, are the music, pictures and video folders suppose to still be under my c:\user?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
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.
Well darn it. All of the "my" folders moved properly. Where did the folder without "my" come from?

I did click on yes for the move and these are just empty folders. Can I just delete them? My files and folders and all point to my d: drive now and even downloads (I moved that too) auto save to d:\downloads.


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20 Jan 2011   #121
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

As a test you can delete them to see if you have any problems with them deleted.

Be sure to leave them in the Recycle Bin for a day or so until you have confirmed that you have no issues with them deleted. This way you could easily just restore them if you do have a issue with them being deleted.
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20 Jan 2011   #122
kbz1960

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If I did mess it up wouldn't I have a "my videos" folder in both places instead of "my videos" on the d: drive and a videos folder in my user folder? Just trying to figure out where the video, pictures and music folders came from.

Thanks for all your help.

I'm getting confused, I did answer yes to step 9 on every folder, these 3 folders were empty but I said yes anyway. The folder in my user profile do not have the "my" so what happened here. I'm thinking that if I do the other tutorial that the folders without "my" will still be in my user profile, no?
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20 Jan 2011   #123
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

No, you would only have the "My" part of the folder name for the folder that is set or moved as the actual user folder in use by Windows.

The ones without "My" and the icon on the folder are no longer the in use folder.


I'm not sure where you may (if) have gone wrong, but restoring the default locations and starting over would be best to get rid of them.
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20 Jan 2011   #124
kbz1960

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You need to look at the snippet I posted, the folders in my user profile that had files in them "my documents" and "downloads" do not have a folder in my user profile anymore the folders "my pictures", "my music" and "my videos" were empty folder and moved fine but now there is a "pictures", "music" and "vidoes" folder in my user profile.

Does this have anything to do with the fact that the folder were empty as the folders that had files in them don't have a "document" or 'downloads" folder in my user profile?

I'm just trying to avoid having to go thru the same process and ending up with same result again.

Thanks
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20 Jan 2011   #125
kbz1960

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Well I'm not really following the tutorial (the one for putting everything back) since this is a fresh install I"m just going to start all over again tonight. I don't understand as I followed all of the directions to a T and why it didn't happen with folders that had files in them and did with empty ones is beyond me.

Thanks for your help. Hope I don't botch it up or get the same results next time.
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20 Jan 2011   #126
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

KBZ,

I did look at you screenshot.

No, it has nothing to do if they were empty or not originally when moved. You have the plain yellow user folders Music, Pictures, and Videos without the "My" now because something went wrong or a mistake was made while moving them leaving you with duplicates there like in the warning under step 9.


I understand what you are saying, and not wanting to do this if it's just going to happen again. If you restore the default locations and move them again afterwards, then you should no longer have the duplicates afterwards. Give it a try to see.
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21 Jan 2011   #127
kbz1960

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Hi, sorry for being so dense lol. Thanks for all your help. Since it was a new/reinstall I just started over with a new user. It's all good now.
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21 Jan 2011   #128
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

No problem KBZ. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted out.
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21 Jan 2011   #129
kbz1960

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Now if it hadn't been a new install would I have been all right to make a new user and start over to get it right and then delete the old user? I just don't like messing with the registry.
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