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Windows 7: User Profile - Change Default Location


27 May 2010   #9
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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27 May 2010   #10
kucing13

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Rafe,

No problem.

You might would like to do so in order to make it easier to use the same user profile's data and files to copy over if you do a clean install.

If you are real low on available free space on the C: drive, this could save the space you need by having it moved to another location.
does that mean if move user profile on D and then I reinstall windows on C. I can use the old user profile on D again? If that so, I'm doing it. Thanks for this tut shawn.

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27 May 2010   #11
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kucing13 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Rafe,

No problem.

You might would like to do so in order to make it easier to use the same user profile's data and files to copy over if you do a clean install.

If you are real low on available free space on the C: drive, this could save the space you need by having it moved to another location.
does that mean if move user profile on D and then I reinstall windows on C. I can use the old user profile on D again? If that so, I'm doing it. Thanks for this tut shawn.
The short answer is no. The GUID would be different. But your data would still be there
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27 May 2010   #12
kucing13

 

Quote:
The short answer is no. The GUID would be different. But your data would still be there
thanks for clarifying on that . so it means no.
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26 Jun 2010   #13
alecela

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the great info. However, can't seem to get it to work.

At the new location, I don't seem to have 'permission' to write as I can't download anything or even have cookie saved.

Moreover, I also can't seem to delete the old profile folder. It kept telling me that the delete action can't be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program, although when I look into the folder there's nothing it int!
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26 Jun 2010   #14
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Alecela, and welcome to Seven Forums.

In your case, I would recommend to restore the default location of your user profile, and only move the individual user folders (ex: Music, etc...) that you wish to have at a different location instead.

User Folders - Change Default Location
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26 Jun 2010   #15
alecela

Windows 7
 
 
Tx...

I think I would do just that. The only thing is that now in my C:\Users\ I have a bunch of now defunct profile directories which were left over from previously unsuccessful attempts of moving the profile directory, of which I can't seem to delete, which is slightly annoying...
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26 Jun 2010   #16
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Alecela,

See if this may be able to help with restoring their default locations and deleting the messed up ones.

User Folders - Restore Default Location

If not, then you might consider creating a new adminsitrator account to use instead of the bad one, and delete the bad one while logged in to the new one after copying over and files you wanted from it.
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28 Jun 2010   #17
foogama

Windows 7 Profesisonal x64
 
 
Putting Users on A Different HDD during OS install?

Am I to understand then that you cannot assign your users folders to a different HDD from the initial install of Windows?

I see where all the above methods of reassigning registry entries and shells could retroactively accomplish that result, but is there any method to do this during OS install so that your entire users directory is just on a different HDD entirely?

I have a very limited SSD for Windows to run off of and don't want to miss any hidden or app data in my Users directory, so I'd rather just to a clean OS install if that will help.
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28 Jun 2010   #18
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Foogama,

Sorry, but there is not an option to select where you would like to have your user folder located at during the installation of Windows 7.

The only options is to move your User Profile folder, or one or more of the user folders, after installing Windows 7.
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03 Jul 2010   #19
berean

Windows 7 Premium
 
 
Deleting error

Thanks for the tutorial, it is great information. I am having a problem deleting the old profile though and don't know how to get around it.

When I go to delete from C:\Users\Profile to be deleted, it starts deleting, but then I get a pop up that says, "This action cannot be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program" I hit "try again" but the pop up just keeps coming back.

The profile is not logged in and there are no programs open so I am at a loss. Any suggestions?
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