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Windows 7: User Folders - Change Default Location


29 Jul 2009   #199
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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My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Feb 2012   #200
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by techron View Post
Thank you whs and Brink,

My Libraries are set exactly how I was hoping they would be. It was easy with your help and assistance. Thank you very much.

whs, I like the idea of of keeping the system folder listed in the Library. It keeps me alert as to what an app writes into the system folder.
You're most welcome Techron. I'm glad that we were able to help.


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20 Feb 2012   #201
techron

 

Tried clicking on the Rep button to send my "mahalo" and "aloha" your way but informed I need to spread the aloha around. Learning more about this forum everyday. Much thanks.
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20 Feb 2012   #202
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by techron View Post
Tried clicking on the Rep button to send my "mahalo" and "aloha" your way but informed I need to spread the aloha around. Learning more about this forum everyday. Much thanks.
No Problem. We are happy to see a happy camper.
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20 Feb 2012   #203
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 



Yep.
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09 Mar 2012   #204
Petes

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit.
 
 

If I move a default folder to another drive and drag and drop a file into the relocated default folder will the system make a copy (like in usb drives) or will the file simply be moved (as it should)? If it makes a copy, is there a way to change that behavior per folder so the system actually moves the file,? I know that a move equals to copy-delete and I don't want to make a right click or use the SHIFT key

BTW is there a global way to disable the copy of files into a different drive so the files are moved instead?
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09 Mar 2012   #205
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Petes,

By default, if you drag a file from say your desktop to drop in a user folder, it will "Move" it instead of copying it no matter where you move a user folder to.

You might see if using the tutorial below to add "Move to Folder" may work as an option for you for this.

Context Menu - Add Copy To Folder and Move To Folder

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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09 Mar 2012   #206
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petes View Post
If I move a default folder to another drive and drag and drop a file into the relocated default folder will the system make a copy (like in usb drives) or will the file simply be moved (as it should)? If it makes a copy, is there a way to change that behavior per folder so the system actually moves the file,? I know that a move equals to copy-delete and I don't want to make a right click or use the SHIFT key

BTW is there a global way to disable the copy of files into a different drive so the files are moved instead?
In general it is not a good idea to 'move' important data - especially to external drives. Too often files get lost during the move operation.

It is better to copy files and once you made sure that the data arrived at the new location, then you delete the original file.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Mar 2012   #207
Petes

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit.
 
 

Ok, It's good to know the file will be moved without right clicks or SHIFTs before I do this.

@WHS I'm not moving files to external drives, the problem is that I want to use another internal hard drive for user folders so I'm not as concerned that something may go wrong as with external drives.

Thanks.
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14 Mar 2012   #208
rovopio

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

hello brink... thank you for your awesome awesome tutorial, this is kungfupanda from SEA, indonesia. : peace:


i'd like to ask, is it possible to move desktop folder also...? not only my music, pictures, etc, but also desktop?



second, im about to do a clean windows install. But im kinda confused whether to use this user folders tutorial or the user profile move during installation tutorial....


I'd like to ask your advice...


I notice that if i use the "user profile move", then my D partition will become system partition also.


While if i use this "user folders location change tutorial", my D partition will be just D




My main consideration is that, im using imaging software (macrium free), and i'd like to backup only my C (windows 7) system drive. I don't want to full backup D, because its too much data not enough space for my external HDD.


so the question is, if i use the user profile move during installation tutorial, will I have to backup D drive when i use image too (since it's system drive), in order to make the image backup/recovery runs smoothly.



What's the pros and cons to the 2 methods...?


so sorry and many thank you's


:cheers:
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Mar 2012   #209
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello kungfupanda,

To move the Desktop folder, you could use the tutorial below instead since this is for an existing user account.

User Profile - Change Default Location

However, if you move the profile to another drive, it will need to be included in any image backup as well.

If this is about space issues on your C: drive, then you might consider having what you want in folders on another drive, then include the folders in libraries of your choice.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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