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Windows 7: C:\Users\Username\Desktop is Empty.

17 Apr 2011   #11
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

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I don't recommend moving anything under the users structure, but that's just me.
I know it is not a good idea to mess with it, just some programs are saving their settings to documents, and at every install, I am having to create those settings again. That is taking time.

But unfortunately, when you move documents, you move all the documents, not just the ones you want.

I saw that it is better not to mess, because it will be creating folders in my 10 GB documents folder in the other partition, and it can confuse me where did this folder come or what to delete, and what not.
You can have multiple locations for your documents....that's what the Documents Library is for!


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17 Apr 2011   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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What program(s) are saving settings to documents?
He is right. None of the folders in the picture below were created by me. But I make seperate folders for all user files in a seperate partition and Include those into the repective libraries. This way I seperate system created folders from the ones which are my own.


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17 Apr 2011   #13
IMAyNeed

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

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What program(s) are saving settings to documents?
TMPGEnc and a few other video editors. I am creating filters and templates and they are saving it there.
I will just copy those to my other documents in another partition and save it to the new documents after the program is reinstalled from now on.
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17 Apr 2011   #14
IMAyNeed

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IMAyNeed View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
I don't recommend moving anything under the users structure, but that's just me.
I know it is not a good idea to mess with it, just some programs are saving their settings to documents, and at every install, I am having to create those settings again. That is taking time.

But unfortunately, when you move documents, you move all the documents, not just the ones you want.

I saw that it is better not to mess, because it will be creating folders in my 10 GB documents folder in the other partition, and it can confuse me where did this folder come or what to delete, and what not.
You can have multiple locations for your documents....that's what the Documents Library is for!
My documents library is different already. (The 10 GB -so far- folder in another partition mentioned above).
But some programs are automatically saving their settings (templates, filters too) to "C:\users\username\documents" automatically.
Not at every reinstall of Windows, I am having the mind to check those folders and copy the ones I want.

It is the same for the links (C:\Users\Username\Links) folder. I may have 20 links there (The Favorites in Windows Explorer left top) and if I didn't save them before reinstalling Windows, I would have to create them again.
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18 Apr 2011   #15
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

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What program(s) are saving settings to documents?
He is right. None of the folders in the picture below were created by me. But I make seperate folders for all user files in a seperate partition and Include those into the repective libraries. This way I seperate system created folders from the ones which are my own.
Your screenshot does not illustrate normal behaviour. Nothing like this occurs on my system and never has. Once in a GREAT while a program will create a folder in Documents, but it is EXTREMELY rare.
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18 Apr 2011   #16
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IMAyNeed View Post

I know it is not a good idea to mess with it, just some programs are saving their settings to documents, and at every install, I am having to create those settings again. That is taking time.

But unfortunately, when you move documents, you move all the documents, not just the ones you want.

I saw that it is better not to mess, because it will be creating folders in my 10 GB documents folder in the other partition, and it can confuse me where did this folder come or what to delete, and what not.
You can have multiple locations for your documents....that's what the Documents Library is for!
My documents library is different already. (The 10 GB -so far- folder in another partition mentioned above).
But some programs are automatically saving their settings (templates, filters too) to "C:\users\username\documents" automatically.
Not at every reinstall of Windows, I am having the mind to check those folders and copy the ones I want.

It is the same for the links (C:\Users\Username\Links) folder. I may have 20 links there (The Favorites in Windows Explorer left top) and if I didn't save them before reinstalling Windows, I would have to create them again.
Let Windows do what it wants in c:\users. Include your own users folder from another location in the Documents library. Put anything you save in the "other" location. Leave what Windows saves in the "normal" location.
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18 Apr 2011   #17
IMAyNeed

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

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Let Windows do what it wants in c:\users. Include your own users folder from another location in the Documents library. Put anything you save in the "other" location. Leave what Windows saves in the "normal" location.
That is what I arranged after.
These folders below have been created by Windows.
All the folders in "C:\Users\Username\My Documents" are below now.

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18 Apr 2011   #18
Kari

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IMAyNeed View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
I don't recommend moving anything under the users structure, but that's just me.
I know it is not a good idea to mess with it, just some programs are saving their settings to documents, and at every install, I am having to create those settings again. That is taking time.

But unfortunately, when you move documents, you move all the documents, not just the ones you want.

I saw that it is better not to mess, because it will be creating folders in my 10 GB documents folder in the other partition, and it can confuse me where did this folder come or what to delete, and what not.
I simply couldn't even think of having my user folder located on C:. It's just too big:

C:\Users\Username\Desktop is Empty.-users_kari_18-apr-2011.png

That's why I use Audit Mode and sysprep every time I install Windows to a new computer, to permanently move Users folder with all subfolders to another disk or partition, as described in this tutorial. The method is so simple, idiot proof and fast, and because it can be done already when installing Windows before creating any user profiles also very practical.

Because the method I use changes the values of Windows internal environment variables, it works 100% sure and secure without issues. Makes Windows installation last three minutes longer, or if used later when user profiles are already created, takes three minutes plus the time needed to transfer the folders.

The method also automatically creates all new user profiles (folders) on that new location, without that user must do something. It's a once only procedure, as easily reverted as it is done.

Using this method, all programs that save something or create folders on user folder do it automatically on that new location. Here, see it yourself. I have not deleted the original Users folder in C:\, so it's still there. See the properties, it's empty:

C:\Users\Username\Desktop is Empty.-users_kari_18-apr-2011_2.png

Those three files there are three WMC recordings which I for a valid reason wanted to save there instead of my default user folder in D:\Users.

Kari


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18 Apr 2011   #19
IMAyNeed

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Thank you very much!

I will read the tutorial again and again, but it seems perfect for my problem.
I just installed Windows today, and there is already over 1 GB in Program Data.
Program Data will help me a lot because most of my video and sound editors are copying their files there.

It works with non-SSD (SATA) disks too, right?
And I hope the hybrid (MBR/EFI) MBR partition (200 MB GPT) wouldn't cause a problem.
[Today, I was looking for some back up programs to use and unfortunately I found out that they don't back up to non-NTFS partitions (HFS+, read/write in Windows by MacDrive) and they don't support hybrid MBR partitions]

Thank you very much again!

P.S.: You are so much closer to where I was born (Weissensee) than me!
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18 Apr 2011   #20
Kari

 

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It works with non-SSD (SATA) disks too, right?
Yes.
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And I hope the hybrid (MBR/EFI) MBR partition (200 MB GPT) wouldn't cause a problem.
No
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P.S.: You are so much closer to where I was born (Weissensee) than me!
... and almost as far from where I was born than you are your birthplace .

Kari
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