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Windows 7: How do I move the path C:\Windows\Users[my name] etc. to my data drive

06 May 2015   #11
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nisko View Post
OK, then how do I make the Registry point to this path?
See the link to the tutorial that I gave you.

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06 May 2015   #12

Windows 7

Thank you - but I can't find the link to the tutorial. Also, I've been thinking about the possible downside you've pointed out: There have been times when I've made a change and haven't found a problem until long after my backups have been erased. Could this happen if I change the pointer? You have me concerned! Thank you.
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06 May 2015   #13
Microsoft MVP


THIS tutorial: User Folders - Change Default Location

Follow the steps in the blue link to move the active User folders in which you keep data to the data partition. That's all that's needed to accomplish what you want. Moving the User Account name is not a good idea because it contains hidden files that supply programs with your personalized data and should remain in C. We've seen problems with moving the User account, but few problems with moving the folders under it.

The main reason to do this is because it keeps the backup image of C more compact without old stale data onboard. If Win7 ever becomes irreparable, you simply reimage C in 20 minutes while your data remains safe and current in its own partition. The only caveat is that you cannot use Win7 backup imaging which deems User folder System files so wants to include them with the image. But there are better more flexible imaging apps like our favorite, free and easy Macrium Imaging - Windows 7 Help Forums
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