Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Moving Users and Program Files Directories

14 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Moving Users and Program Files Directories


I am new here and would like some advice with moving the Users and Program Files directories on a clean installation of Windows 7 Ultimate.

My computer has a 60Gb SATA2 Solid State Drive which I am installing the OS and I have 2 640Gb SATA3 hard drives, one of which I want to use for both users, program files and program files (x86).

I have read and tried many different approaches and I would prefer using a 'symlink' to achieve this rather than any registry hacks, as I have read that a symlink has fewer side effects.

I would appreciate if anyone could provide me with any help on this.

If it is any help my OS drive letter is 'C' and the location I want to move the folders to is 'Z'. In system recovery mode the drive letters are 'F' and 'C' respectively.

Thank you all for you time.
I look forward to hearing fro you.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Oct 2010   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello rezurrection, welcome to Seven Forums!

Once programs/apps are installed they cannot be moved, if you want to install the prog/apps to another location then create another folder on the target HDD to install them to; you cannot move the Program Files / Program Files (x86) folders as it will cause instability.

You can move your user files, have a look at this tutorial at the link below.

User Folders - Change Default Location
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Oct 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

It is very easy to move your user folders to Z:
1. Create one empty folder on Z for every user folder you want to move. E.g. Folder1, Folder2, etc. (any name will do)
2. Go to the first folder you want to move (e.g. Documents), right click on it, go to Properties > Location tab, click on "Move" and navigate to Folder1 on Z and "Select Folder", Apply, OK.
3. Now you tackle the next (e.g. Music) and follow the same procedure except that you select Folder2 on Z.
4. etc.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

15 Oct 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Thank you both for your posts. However, they both seem to be a very manual process when a new user account is added.

I managed to stumble upon this post from which puts all new user accounts on my none system drive.

Thank you both for your time.

Kind regards,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Oct 2010   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

And you don't consider editing the Windows registry a "very manual process" oh well; we'll be here to try and help when you need to sort the registry FUBAR later.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Moving Users and Program Files Directories

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Installing OS to SSD, moving users and program files to HDD?
Hi I came across this great video where it tutorials you on how to install your OS on your SSD and move your user and program files to HDD. I'd like to get some input if this is a good idea to do to your computer (reduces your write speed on SSD making your ssd last longer since the write speed...
Hardware & Devices
files and directories missing when trying to open from a program
So, I can see all my files and directores when i open windows explorer. if i try to open a file from within any program word, excel, solidworks, etc... all directories appear empty. if i type the full path in the search bar i can open the file from within the program. tried rebooting,...
General Discussion
Moving program files from XP to new Win 7 pc
Last night we purchased a new pc with Win 7 loaded. We have an old and dying XP. It has been backed up using the Win backup facility to an external hard drive (assesories/system/backup). I imagine that restoring the data files will not be a big problem, but: She does not have all the original...
Installation & Setup
Moving Program Files
Hi people basically, I want to move my folder "Program Files", to a different partition on my hard drive. BUT I also want these programs to be working as normal after they have been used. I would like to move these without reinstalling them if possible and use this as a Very last resort. Does...
Moving program files to a different drive.
I now realise i should of hit custom install, and installed it on another drive, is it to late to move them, the only things in there are what were installed by microsoft.
Installation & Setup

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 23:42.
Twitter Facebook Google+