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Windows 7: User Profile - Change Default Location


27 May 2010   #159
Brink
Microsoft MVP

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

How to Change the Default Location of a User Profile in Vista and Windows 7


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04 Oct 2012   #160
VideoEditor

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
step 15 fails trying to delete old profile

Having completed all steps up to 14 and everything seems okay.
Logged off from user account that was moved.
Logged on to administrator account created temporarily and when trying to delete the old user profile on C drive eventually get this message:
Folders In Use. The action can't be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program. Close the folder or file and try again.

Any suggestions?

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04 Oct 2012   #161
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello VideoEditor, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Do you have that folder or any subfolder opened in another window? Double check your taskbar for any opened windows that may be for it just to see.

If not, then you might check to see if you have any subfolders in the old user profile folder that are set to be shared, or id a program may have a save to folder in there.

If all else fails, you could try restarting the computer to close anything that may be using it, log on to the new account, and try deleting the old one again.

Hope this helps for now,
Shawn
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27 Nov 2012   #162
alkajak

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Edit: Nevermind, I misunderstood the guide. So, all went accordingly, but there was a "Windows Media" file that could not be deleted because it was "open".

Now that I've moved it all over, my user profile to be moved is still there, but the only thing inside is a 2.41MB AppData folder. Is this supposed to be there? It contains a Microsoft, PMB Files and Razer folder inside.
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27 Nov 2012   #163
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Alkajak,

It sounds like the "Windows Media" file may have still been set to be shared or used as a library in Media Center or Windows Media Player before moved, and is why it showed as opened.

Not sure about the AppData folder, but you may have something that's refusing to use the new location and still writing to the default location. Razer sounds like a mobile phone?
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27 Nov 2012   #164
alkajak

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I turned off the sharing like the guide said.

Razer is my gaming mouse and keyboard driver.
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27 Nov 2012   #165
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's one of the possible issues with moving an user profile of an existing account.

I'd recommend to use OPTION TWO instead to set all new accounts to be created where you like, create yourself a new administrator account, log on to it, copy any shortcuts and files you want from the old account over, and see how it works for a day. If no issues, then you could delete the old account while logged in the new one if you like.
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27 Nov 2012   #166
alkajak

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

The guide to restoring the user profile should work if I've already emptied my recycling bin with my deleted user profile, right?
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27 Nov 2012   #167
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

No. You would want to restore the user profile first. If you delete it first, then it's gone.
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29 Jan 2013   #168
SLaW

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
IE9 & User Profile - Change Default Location

Brink,

I followed your tutorial and ran into an issue with deleting my original user folder. I rebooted in safe mode and was able to delete the original user folder. I have also logged into my administrator account and removed the "Temporary" user.

I have also completed the registry edit so it points to my D:\Steve. I confirmed by following Step #15.

Now, I am experiencing an issue with Internet Explorer 9. When I start IE9, it opens with just the address bar and the rest of the screen is blank. I click on the "Tools" icon (the wheel) and everything is greyed out except for "File" and "Safety". If I leave it set for about one minute, it will finally load my home page and it works fine at that point / regular speed.

BTW, initially when my original user folder was not deleting, I thought it was because I already had loaded some of my initial install programs (MSE, Spybot, Spyware Blaster, AntiMalware Bytes, Firefox). So I removed all of them except for MSE. It still did not allow me to remove the original user folder. That's when I tried the "Safe Boot" option.

What am I missing?????
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29 Jan 2013   #169
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello SLaW, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might try doing OPTION TWO to set new accounts to be created on your D: drive, then create a new administrator account for yourself to use. Next, log on to it and see how it runs in it. If all ok, then you could use the new account instead, and just copy over any shortcuts or files you want from the old account.

Moving existing user profiles sometimes have issues.
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