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Windows 7: User Folders - Change Default Location


29 Jul 2009   #129
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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21 Jan 2011   #130
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Sure that would have worked as well.

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01 Jun 2011   #131
djmixmaster2000

Windows Vista 64 bit
 
 

Ok. I am running Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit. I did the procedure where you right click on the documents folder and click the location tab and move the folder. That worked flawlessly.

My problem is that I administrate more than one user at my house. I am the only one with adm rights. So I was able to change the default location for my own folder, but when it came time to applying the same method to the other user's folder, I could not do it.

When I right click the other user's "Documents" folder, I see all the tabs except the most important one for this method; which is the location tab. Why is this? Because of this I cannot re-default any of the crucial Document folders to the D: drive.

I clicked on the security tab and I saw that I only had read & execute rights, so I gave my account full control and I still don't see the location tab. I attempted this method with UAC turned off and still did not see the location tab. What is creating the issue here? How come I cannot change the default location of other user's documents folders?

Do I have to do the right click move method only in safe mode? Do I have to be logged in as the actual user (which defeats the purpose of being an administrator)?

I also have one more question. Is there an easy way to make an answer file to have the Users folder defaulted to the D: drive right from the install routine?

I have tried Vlite, which is the Vista version of nlite. vLite - Windows Vista configuration tool

Nlite allowed this option and created an easy interface to create an answer file for you for Windows XP installs, but the default location option for the Users folder is not in the newer Vlite.
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01 Jun 2011   #132
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello DJmixmaster2000, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes, you will need to be logged in as the user that you wanted to move the user folders of to be able to move them using Option Two in this tutorial.

For new user accounts created afterwards in your current installation, you could do Option Two in the tutorial below to move the user profile folder to a new location.

User Profile - Change Default Location

The tutorial below can help show you how to create user acccounts at another location during Windows 7 installation.

User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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02 Jun 2011   #133
Alain Quarre

Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by djmixmaster2000 View Post
Is there an easy way to make an answer file to have the Users folder defaulted to the D: drive right from the install routine?
Yes, there is a solution.
Try this script:
User Folders - Moving User Folders by Modular Script



You can test this script without any risk, because the script do not modify anything for already created users.

Alain
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04 Sep 2011   #134
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Shawn:

Will this technique work equally well to move hidden folders such as the app data folder?

I didnt read every response, but does this change all the folder mappings inside of Windows 7 to the new location as well?
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04 Sep 2011   #135
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Darryl,

Moving the user folders will also change the mappings for it in the registry so that anything that references them will be sent to the new location.

Sorry, but Option Two will not work with AppData since it does not have a Location tab in it's properties page to allow moving it the same way. It's not recommended to move the AppData folder unless moving the entire user profile folder which includes that AppData folder though.
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04 Sep 2011   #136
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Not sure if I fully got the intended message...

Can I move entire users folder including app data folder by using option 1, or is the app data folder just not realistically moveable?
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04 Sep 2011   #137
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Sorry Darryl,

That would be yes to using Option One to move the entire user profile folder if you really wanted to moved the AppData folder.

However, I personally wouldn't recommend to move the user profile folder unless it's for a new user account after doing Option One, or if you did it while installing Windows 7 as outlined here. When moving the user profile folder of an existing user account, there may be unknown items (ex: installed programs) that could break.
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04 Sep 2011   #138
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

I agree... For now Im just going to move the big folders (docs, pics, vids, etc) off my existing boot drive over to spare storage on a 2.5TB drive.

Im prepping for the move to an SSD, so Im looking to move stuff off my boot drive, then remove infrequently used apps and all games... then I will image that over to an SSD and reinstall the games and other apps. Everything is setup just the way I like it and I cant afford to spend time reinstalling everything right now, so Im taking the easy way out!
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04 Sep 2011   #139
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I hope it goes smoothly.
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