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Windows 7: User Profile - Change Default Location

24 Jun 2011   #60

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post

That's great news. Yeah, that would be normal since the D: drive will be considered a system drive as well now with your user profile located on it.
Hi Shawn

Its actually going to be more of an issue than I first thought I think.The images are going to become massive if they include my user files too and a re-image of windows will also revert back all my user data.My user folders are backed up daily with windows backup,If I had to re-image say from an image created 2 weeks ago will the windows back up just restore the 2 weeks of missing files or will it restore everything leaving me with lots of duplicates.
I may have to look at some third party imaging software which is a shame, I like the simplicity of the windows ones.


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24 Jun 2011   #61

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

A system image recovery will format the included drives and restore what was at the time the image was created. Afterwards, you could restore any missing files from your daily Windows backup though.
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26 Sep 2011   #62

Windows 7 x64

Need to add one more important point for case if computer is used by more then one users. Then need to change a permission for the user folder. This should be done at the end.
Select user folder -> open Propertis ->go to Security and start Edit
1) remove permission for other users
2) add permission for user
Permison should be set only for
- User
- Administrators
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27 Sep 2011   #63
Jock in a Frock

Windows 7 & XP

Hi Brink, nice tutorial, and just what I'm looking for.

I've just installed W7 Ultimate on a new 120Gb SSD drive, and I plan to store my user data on my old spindle drive. So far I've only created my own home account ("C:\Users\Jock"), and I have no saved data on that.

My plan is to move that to "D:\Users\Jock" which already exists, as D: has my original Win 7 install still in place.

So, using your tutorial, can I move "C:\Users\Jock\" to "D:\Users\Jock\" and have access to all my existing files? I expect I need to select them all and take ownership of them to get my permission back etc, but I can do that.

Secondly, my "D:\Users\Public Users\" folder has around 100Gb of music and video files, which I share across two Itunes accounts. Is there really no way to move the "Public Users" account onto a secondary drive? Not a massive problem, as the shared music library does not have to sit in the "Public Users" account (it could for instance be in "D:\Shared Music\", but it would certainly be tidier to have all the user accounts in one "\Users\" folder on the spindle drive.

Once again, many thanks for the tutorial, and for all the follow-up posts, they make for great reading!

Jock in a Frock.
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27 Sep 2011   #64

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome Jock in a Frock.

Sorry, but not so far. There are just to many issues caused by moving the Public folder.
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27 Sep 2011   #65
Jock in a Frock

Windows 7 & XP

Okay I have now completed moving my two accounts to the spindle drive. Worked perfectly. I have also edited the path for new accounts to the spindle drive (not likely to need more accounts on this PC anyway).

I have also reconstructed my itunes library files to point to the new Users folders too, so all my music is now on the spindle drive and itunes is working great.

Here's how I updated the itunes libraries:
1. Close iTunes

2. Open "My Documents\My Music\iTunes\".

3. Move (don't copy) both iTunes Library.itl and iTunes Music Library.xml to the desktop

4. Open iTunes Music Library.xml in your favourite text editor (I use Notepad++)

5. Search & Replace for C:/Users/<username> and replace it with E:/Users/<username> - note: Forward slashes!!!!

6. Save this back to the desktop

7. Open iTunes, it will recreate iTunes Library.itl and iTunes Music Library.xml but the library will be empty.

8. File / Library / Import and load the iTunes Music Library.xml file from your desktop. - this will take a few minutes, but should reload all your music, and pull the relevant .mp3 files from your new User directory.
Note: all this is at your own risk - please take care and ensure you've a good backup in case anything goes wrong.

Brink, I can live without moving the "Public" folder, and I can just manage the shared files myself off the spindle drive.

Thanks again for your tutorial. Worked like a charm for me.

Jock in a Frock.
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27 Sep 2011   #66

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

That's great news Jock in a Frock. Thank you for posting back with your results.
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04 Oct 2011   #67

Windows 7 Ultimate


I followed the steps and it seemed to work perfectly. However a couple of days later when I tried to log in it logged me into a temporary profile. When I log into my admin profile I can see that the regedit change I made is still there (i.e. it points to D:\Users\username), for my new profile, but it is logging me into a temporary one instead (C:\Users\Temporaryprofile). I am not getting any messages saying the profile is corrupt.

Any ideas?

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04 Oct 2011   #68

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Dave, and welcome to Seven Forums.

See if the tutorial below may be able to help fix this for you.

User Profile Error - Logged on with a Temporary Profile - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
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04 Oct 2011   #69

Windows 7 Ultimate

Hi Shawn,

That didn't help. I followed the steps, but when I tried to log into my profile at the end it just went to another temp profile. It's like Windows doesn't like me storing my profile on a different drive. I try repointing it to the D:\Users\username file, but everytime it changes it to C:\Users\usernametemp.
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