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Windows 7: How do I change the default location for temp burn folder?

13 Sep 2011   #1

W7 Ult 32bit
How do I change the default location for temp burn folder?

I tried the recording tab for in properties of the drive and it didn't do anything. I haven't found one single decent tutorial online to mess with my regedit, I will mess it all up.

I have a small master drive and terabytes of externals, I just want to move any burn folders to my larger drives so I can actually burn more than 1gb on a DVD

Any help is appreciated

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13 Sep 2011   #2

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1

Hi pSick, welcome to 7F :)

I found this:How to change the temporary folder if you run out of space while burning a DVD in Media Center - Aaron Stebner's WebLog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

It is a little dated, but I ran through the steps and it works on my machine.

You would need to change the path to whatever Drive you want to send to.
Steps #5, and 6 refer to the scroll (System) box below the box where you can add or edit the fixed (User) Variables.

My instinct tells me that you might, and it maybe better to create new user variables to accomplish your task, but I am not sure if it would (or how) it would affect System variables. I will check on that, and get back.

This may be a easier to do: User Folders - Change Default Location

Make sure you create a Restore Point before changing those variables!
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14 Sep 2011   #3

W7 Ult 32bit

Aesome! Thanks Anak!!!
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14 Sep 2011   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1

That is wonderful! Your welcome!

For clarity could you explain what you did?
Did you follow the steps in Stebner's blog, and just changed the User Variables? Or did you create new ones?

Or did you follow the tutorial?
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22 Mar 2012   #5

windows 7 ultimate x64

this post is quite old but i will add this for others like me that cannot get the "supposed" correct way to work ... i dont have a clue as to why the "correct" way fails......

i have an ssd as my system drive and didnt want to waist writes to it for temporary files when burning dvd's ...... after weeks of searching for a solution to the temporary burn folder location, i finaly found a solution and its not the above instructions.... they did not work for me.

i tried the dvdrw drives properties/burn tab ... i selected d: but temporary files were still sent to the c drive ..... i changed system and user variables too and still the temporary files are sent to c:\users\myname\appdata\local\microsoft\windows\burn

then on another forum a user said try this ... (thanks skyripper)
Rename the burn directory, (c:\users\myname\appdata\local\microsoft\windows\burn ... i just added a space to the burn folder eg b urn)

make a hardlink using command prompt

C:\> md D:\temp\burn (or where ever you want the location to be)
C:\> cd \users\myname\appdata\local\microsoft\windows
C:\users\myname\appdata\local\microsoft\windows> mklink /J burn D:\temp\burn
this worked .... now the temporary files are copied to my d: drive which is a hdd
and the burn process completed fine.
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23 Mar 2012   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1

Hi crunchyf123, welcome to 7F! :)

Thank you for the added tip!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Mar 2014   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

crunchyf123, or anyone who understands.... can you please break down what this means? I tried just typing that in and I got nothing. What does it mean and what exactly do I enter into the command prompt?
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