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Windows 7: Can you relocate desktop

28 Feb 2010   #1
prroots

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Can you relocate desktop

I've partitioned my disk into C: for OS and Programs and E: for Data. I'd like my Desktop to live in E: instead of C:. Is that possible? Thanks
Pete


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28 Feb 2010   #2
Kari

 

Read this tutorial.

Desktop is by default located in C:\Users\Your_Username\Desktop, so you have to relocate all users.

Kari
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28 Feb 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Go to C > Your Name > Links > Properties > Location tab. From there you can move the whole thing.
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28 Feb 2010   #4
Kari

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Go to C > Your Name > Links > Properties > Location tab. From there you can move the whole thing.
Links folder contains only shortcuts, so relocating it just relocates the shortcut of desktop, which still points to C:\Users\User\Desktop

You could open the Links folder and go to properties of Desktop shortcut, change the pointer, but for that to work you still have to first create the Desktop folder on another partition and manually copy the content.

It's easier and more reliable to do it as told in that tutorial of Brink's.

Kari
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28 Feb 2010   #5
prroots

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Go to C > Your Name > Links > Properties > Location tab. From there you can move the whole thing.
Can you elaborate a little. I don't understand how to do the 'Go to C> Your Name...'
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28 Feb 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by prroots View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Go to C > Your Name > Links > Properties > Location tab. From there you can move the whole thing.
Can you elaborate a little. I don't understand how to do the 'Go to C> Your Name...'
Kari is right. I misspoke. You actually have to go the the folder above Links which is Desktop. To get there, double click on C to open it. Then follow the path I gave you with "desktop" (not Links) as last folder. To open the folders just double click. Then on the desktop folder right click and go to Properties. There you will see the Location tab. Then go to "Move".
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28 Feb 2010   #7
prroots

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Thanks. That was easy.
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01 Mar 2010   #8
WindowsStar

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

You can change it by modifing the Registry.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders\Desktop

and

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders\Desktop

Change the value to the where your stored you desktop on the E: Drive
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01 Mar 2010   #9
prroots

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I got so excited about the possibilities that I decided to relocate:
C:\Users\User name\AppData\Local to E: also. This is where the profiles and log files for my backup program SyncBackSE are stored and I prefer to have it on E:\. Several log files didn't move and it gave an error message that operation was canceled by User. Now when I do properties the Location tab does not show? What gives?
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