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Windows 7: User Folders - Change Default Location

25 Apr 2010   #90
d00dyhead

Win7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by robmar0se View Post
I moved the user folders as per the script, but then ran into problems on networking them. It would appear that relocating these folders does not necessarily take the permissions with them I may be wrong on this as we always use separate partitions for data, so unable to verify this. This situation arose irrespective of the type of network we implememted.

For each folder properties, on the sharing tab, click share. type e name, or click on the adjacent arrow to select the relevant group, guest, or "everyone", and click add. The entry should appear in the table below: you then need to click on the adjacent arrow to select the type of permission, read, reade/write, or remove. then click on share below.

Any better suggestions?
Good question. I have not considered moving the directories so that they would be shared.

The way you tried it might be intuitive from a Windows user perspective, but as a networking guy, I would have first tried relocating the folders off the user hard drive entirely and onto a file server...

So instead of moving the directories from c:\users\doodyhead\documents to a different drive or partition (such as to d:\users\doodyhead\documents); I would try have tried relocating them to something like \\NAS3\Volume_2\usr\doodyhead\documents

Then setting files themselves, and the file permissions become a subset of your actual network, and you can manage them remotely far easier. You can back up data via network backups, the shared documents would be available even when that person does not have their pc turned on,...


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26 Apr 2010   #91
robmar0se

XP Pro - Vista - windows 7 ultimate/64 - 8.1 - 10
 
 

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The way you tried it might be intuitive from a Windows user perspective, but as a networking guy, I would have first tried relocating the folders off the user hard drive entirely and onto a file server...
I totally agree with your suggestion as imminently sensible, however non-technical home users and small businesses, aren't always keen to invest in extra drives for backup, extra drives for networking etc. So sometimes we have to live/work within constraints. Secondly, users with laptops may need to hold data within their local drive for when they are out and about..

Windows 7 homegroups were supposed to be a doddle, however I am finding there are hidden issues, not sure at this stage whether the relocation of folders may contribute to these issues....
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06 Aug 2010   #92
jsettoon

Windows 7 Home Premium X64
 
 

I'm trying to move the user accounts folders to another drive to save space on my SSD. However, i do not have a location tab when I right click on a user folder and select properties. Any idea what I might be doing wrong?
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06 Aug 2010   #93
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You are doing nothing wrong. There is no Location tab. How big is your SSD and how tight are you. Did you already explore other options to save space - e.g. delete the hiberfile.
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06 Aug 2010   #94
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Jsettoon,

Did you open the Start Menu, and type shell:UsersFilesFolder in the search line and press enter to view the user files from this location?

The main user folder itself will not have a "Locations" tab, but the individual user folders (My Music, My Videos, etc...) should.
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06 Aug 2010   #95
jsettoon

Windows 7 Home Premium X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Jsettoon,

Did you open the Start Menu, and type shell:UsersFilesFolder in the search line and press enter to view the user files from this location?

The main user folder itself will not have a "Locations" tab, but the individual user folders (My Music, My Videos, etc...) should.
Thanks, this works now. I was wanting to move the folders for each user (Scott, Guest, Admin) to another location. Is this possible? I'm trying to keep my data on a separate drive while still utilizing windows libraries and shortcuts to user files. Btw my SSD is only 60G.
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06 Aug 2010   #96
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Jsettoon,

Yes, you can use the tutorial below to move the user profile (Method One here) instead.

User Profile - Change Default Location
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06 Aug 2010   #97
jsettoon

Windows 7 Home Premium X64
 
 

Thanks Brink. I'll give that a try.
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06 Aug 2010   #98
jsettoon

Windows 7 Home Premium X64
 
 

This method worked fine until I got to step 15 and tried to delete the user file from the C:\ drive. Windows would not delete the file because it said the file was in use by another program. Thanks again for the help, any suggestions?
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06 Aug 2010   #99
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

When you get to step 15, double check to make sure that you did step 15A & 15B before trying to delete the old location. It will not let you delete it if you are currently logged into that account.
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