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Windows 7: Relocating User profile

06 Mar 2010   #1
prroots

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Relocating User profile

I've been researching how to relocate the User profile to a different partition. I've actually tried 3 different methods I discovered online. So far, none of them has worked despite repeated attempts. I would like to hear from anyone who has actually done it under Windows 7.

I start by restoring from an Acronis True Image backup that was made just after OS installation without applications. That gives me a very clean starting point which is totally reproducible. Thanks
Pete


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06 Mar 2010   #2
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

I right-click on one of the folders (Documents, Music...) one by one change the location in the "Location" tab. Then I log out after I enabled the hidden administrator account. I then copy "AppData" to the other partition after that opening Command Prompt I create a junction point in the old location: "mklink /J C:\Users\[username]\AppData D:\User\AppData" Done deal. Oh I leave the ntuser stuff where it is at. No point in messing with the Registry portions.
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06 Mar 2010   #3
Tiffer

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

If you're talking about moving the User folders (Documents, Pictures, etc) to another partition all I've ever done with Windows 7 and past versions is select all the folders I wish to move in one drive and then using the right mouse key drag and drop them to the desired drive or partition.

For example in my screenshots: if I wanted to move the 9 selected folders in Drive E: onto Drive D: I would select them, drag them across with the right mouse button and upon releasing the button I get a context menu from which I select "Move here".

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The only thing I stick to is that I've found that the actual User folder itself (Windows/Users/yourname) must remain on the C: or Boot Drive.


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06 Mar 2010   #4
caban

windows 7
 
 

I did the same as "Tiffer"
Does anyone knows a better way?
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06 Mar 2010   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello and welcome to Seven Forums!



There is the tutorial at the link below.

User Folders - Change Default Location
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06 Mar 2010   #6
WindowsStar

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

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06 Mar 2010   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello and welcome to Seven Forums!



There is the tutorial at the link below.

User Folders - Change Default Location

We have our onw tutorial here at Seven Forums; thanks.

This from said tutorial.

Tip   Tip
Moving a user folder and it's contents to be stored at another location can be handy if you wanted or needed to save hard drive space on the C: drive.
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06 Mar 2010   #8
prroots

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I succeeded in creating a new User profile on my E:\ partition. I was guided by this article:
Change User Profile Folder Location in Vista Joshua Mouch

My job was considerably simpler than the author's since I was starting with a new Windows 7 install and had no applications to deal with.

Here are the steps I used:
1. Copy the original Default Profile directory to the new location (ie C:\Users\Default to E:\Users\Default)
2. Copy the original Public Profile directory to the new location (ie, C:\Users\Public to E:\Users\Public)
3. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
4. Change the value of the Default key to the new user profile location (ie, E:\Users\Default)
5. Change the value of the Public key to the new user profile location (ie, E:\Users\Public)
6. Change the value of the ProfilesDirectory to the new user profile location (ie, E:\Users)
7. Enable the administrator account:
  • a. Activate 'administrative tools' in Start Menu
  • b. Start Computer Management
  • c. Click on Local Users & Groups / Users
  • d. Right click on Administrator and select properties
  • e. Uncheck the box labeled 'Account is disabled'
8. Reboot and log into Administrator account
9. Profile should now be located in E:\
10. Reboot and then delete Orig_Account account created during Windows install (Control Panel/User Accounts)
11. Delete folder C:\Users\Orig_Account
12. Configure password and picture for Administrator account
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06 Mar 2010   #9
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello prroots, did you not see my post above for Windows 7 instructions?
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06 Mar 2010   #10
prroots

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello prroots, did you not see my post above for Windows 7 instructions?
If I understood your link, that is for moving individual folders and does not cover the entire User profile. I noticed that some folders do not offer the Location tab. I wanted to give a try at moving the entire User profile. I have actually followed the instructions from at least 4 other articles which didn't work for me before hitting on the referenced one. In my case, it was simple since it was a new installation without apps. This allowed me to create a new User profile on the E:\ partition and delete the original account created with the Windows install. Very simple. Time will tell if this proves to be worthwhile. Thanks for your help
Pete
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