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Windows 7: User Folders - Change Default Location


29 Jul 2009   #79
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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22 Mar 2010   #80
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Mary,

Some programs are set to create a folder in that user folder location. Sometimes you have a option in the program to change it to the where you moved the user folder location. If not, then the program may just create a new folder in the default user folder location despite it being moved to another location.

Luckily for you, it's asking you where you want to save the files to. You might check the program's settings to see if there may be one for a default "Save To" location that you can use.

You shouldn't have a problem moving the Music and Videos folder as well if you like.

Hope this helps,
Shaw

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22 Mar 2010   #81
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VulcanSoulPatch View Post
Thanks for the link to that tutorial. I think I will again take your advice and disable Admin until I need it once again.

I have to say, you guys are a wealth of information over here. Glad I found you. I am sure I will be coming back with more Q's, and hopefully find more A's!

VSP
You're most welcome VSP.
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06 Apr 2010   #82
d00dyhead

Win7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Terrific article, thanks to everyone who contributed.

The only thing I found lacking was something directed to SSD on Windows 7 users that discusses/suggests what we should move to our traditional-spinny D: drive without harming the SSD speed increase. I am unclear on whether it is a good idea to move everything listed in this article off the ssd... [From this article i learned what can be moved, and how to move these directories. But not: what should stay if room permits, what is regularly accessed by Windows 7, what directories (if moved) might make my interaction with the OS seem laggy, what directories are likely to be space hogs, etc.]
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06 Apr 2010   #83
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello doodyhead, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You do not see a recommendation on what should stay since it is completely up to the user and and their needs. If space permits, I would say you would get better performance leaving them on the SSD than moving them to a standard spin HDD. As for what user folders are space hogs depens entirely on how much you save to what user folder though.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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07 Apr 2010   #84
d00dyhead

Win7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello doodyhead, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You do not see a recommendation on what should stay since it is completely up to the user and and their needs. If space permits, I would say you would get better performance leaving them on the SSD than moving them to a standard spin HDD. As for what user folders are space hogs depens entirely on how much you save to what user folder though.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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Thanks for the reply. After purchasing a SSD, I started cleaning up the ole' hard drive in preparation for backing up data to the NAS. (Will have Windows 7 ultimate 64bit format the ssd and install the OS, and then i'll move my favorites and personal files to the SSD) As I was looking at individual folders in the \\users directory I was aghast at the quantity of quantity of files as well as the total capacity used. I found lots of directories and files that I had properly uninstalled, lots of curly bracket {randomletters} files, lots and lots of space-hogging files in the hidden ..\AppData\, etc.

At the same time, I investigated the recommended OS changes needed for Windows 7+SSD speedyness (turn off: disk defragmenter, drive indexing, system restore, hibernation, superfetch, prefetch,..). And it was the common SSD/Spinny two-drive theme (SSD C:\ drive for OS+regularly used program/user files, spinny D:\ drive for lessor used files) that brought me here wondering what I could move without incurring a performance hit. Common sense tells me that since I am the only user of my pc, that I could certainly move any \user\guest\ (or whatever) directories to the slower drive. And the gods know that I put all kinds of clutter onto my desktop that I don't need to have on my SSD. My Music, My Documents, My Pictures, My Music can all go to to the slow drive... But what else? ...I don't know enough about how Windows 7 uses the \profile, \roaming, \local, \locallow directories in order to know what impact moving them would have on speedyness. I think I can keep track of the files I personally save to the drive(s), what worries me is what the applications are doing in the background that I can't readily see the quantity nor capacity of files that they are saving.

So any musings on performance impact of moves would be highly appreciated.
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07 Apr 2010   #85
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I wouldn't recommmend moving anything other the user folders that you deem would be better off on the spinny D drive. Anything moved to the slower drive will of course take a bit longer to load from and save to than from the SSD, so it's basically just a judgement call on speed vs space.
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07 Apr 2010   #86
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You did not say what size your SSD is. I have an 80GB Intel on which I made 2 partitions of about 42GB and 32GB - one for the OS and one for the data. Works well for me. I would only move massive folders (e.g. Videos, Music - if you have a lot of those files) to the HDD. This is the current state - after 5 months:




PS: But install Windows 7 first on the SSD and then shrink C - that will make sure the Windows 7 installer does the proper alignment.
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07 Apr 2010   #87
d00dyhead

Win7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
You did not say what size your SSD is. I have an 80GB Intel on which I made 2 partitions of about 42GB and 32GB - one for the OS and one for the data. Works well for me. I would only move massive folders (e.g. Videos, Music - if you have a lot of those files) to the HDD. This is the current state - after 5 months:




PS: But install Windows 7 first on the SSD and then shrink C - that will make sure the Windows 7 installer does the proper alignment.
These are the SSDs I have: a Crucial 256gb, Intel 160gb, and a SanDisk 16gb. I'm going to install the Crucial on my personal desktop pc, the Intel on my wife's and i'm not sure what I'm going to do with the little sandisk... make it the OS drive in the nas? main drive for the linux-based firewall? ...???

My capacity concerns are due to frequently installing and uninstalling games and apps, and the files left behind after uninstalling.

why did you partition your 80gb intel ssd?
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07 Apr 2010   #88
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
why did you partition your 80gb intel ssd?
For a variety of reasons:

1. It insulates my data from the OS. Should anything ever happen to my C, my data will be safe.
2. It allows me to image my OS and my data at different schedules (as required) - although right now I take an image of both every morning at boot time.
3. This data partition is shared between my Windows 7 and my Vista systems. Avoids unnecessary sync steps.

Btw: my Windows 7 is at about 16.6Gb now. And that after 5 months and a lot of programs installed and uninstalled (no games though). For uninstalling you should use Revo uninstaller. That gets rid of the leftover junk (advanced option). You may only be left with a few .ddls that the program dragged in.
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25 Apr 2010   #89
robmar0se

XP Pro - Vista - windows 7 ultimate/64
 
 

I moved the user folders as per the script, but then ran into problems on networking them. It would appear that relocating these folders does not necessarily take the permissions with them I may be wrong on this as we always use separate partitions for data, so unable to verify this. This situation arose irrespective of the type of network we implememted.

For each folder properties, on the sharing tab, click share. type e name, or click on the adjacent arrow to select the relevant group, guest, or "everyone", and click add. The entry should appear in the table below: you then need to click on the adjacent arrow to select the type of permission, read, reade/write, or remove. then click on share below.

Any better suggestions?
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