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Windows 7: User Folders - Change Default Location

10 Oct 2011   #150
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Strange, I just moved my "My Music" folder to the E: drive, and shell:My Music opens it there instead of at C: .

You may have made a mistake while moving it. Double check the two registry locations below to make sure that My Music in the left pane has the correct path of where you moved it to.


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

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


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10 Oct 2011   #151
MKANET

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate
 
 

Hi Brink, I didn't do anything wrong. That's default Windows 7 behavior. At least for this type of folder path/namespace. This is reproducible on two separate Windows 7 machines:



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Strange, I just moved my "My Music" folder to the E: drive, and shell:My Music opens it there instead of at C: .

You may have made a mistake while moving it. Double check the two registry locations below to make sure that My Music in the left pane has the correct path of where you moved it to.


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

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
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10 Oct 2011   #152
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I'm not sure why shell:My Music doesn't open to the new location for you since it always does for me after moving it.

shell:UsersFilesFolder\My Music also opens to the new location for me as well.
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10 Oct 2011   #153
MKANET

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate
 
 

I guess you have to have a long name in the path in order to reproduce it. I'm sure you can reproduce it with a similar parent folder in the new location
ie, "D:\Multimedia Files\Music"






Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
I'm not sure why shell:My Music doesn't open to the new location for you since it always does for me after moving it.

shell:UsersFilesFolder\My Music also opens to the new location for me as well.
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10 Oct 2011   #154
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Nope, it still works just fine for me using the exact same name and location that you used.
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18 Oct 2011   #155
archer1961

Win 7 64 bit
 
 
Relocating Favorites Folder issue

hi, i was successfully able to relocate My Documents, My Music & others but surprisingly the Favorites folder properties doesn't have a tab for "Location"; couldn't understand the reason

any solution/workaround?
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18 Oct 2011   #156
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Archer, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You could use OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to restore the default location of Favorites first. Afterwards, it should have the "Location" tab to be able to move it.

User Folders - Restore Default Location

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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09 Nov 2011   #157
mv808

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Regarding Option 1: change user profile location vs. Option 2: change user folder location, why would one choose one method over the other?
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09 Nov 2011   #158
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello MV,

Option One is to change the location of the user profile folder, say C:\Users\Brink.

Option Two is to change the location of a user folder inside the user profile folder, say C:\Users\Brink\My Pictures. It doesn't change the the location of the user profile folder itself.
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10 Nov 2011   #159
mv808

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

What are the benefits of using one method over the other? ...is what I meant.

*Thinking out loud here*: Option 1 does an all in one move, while with Option 2 one can pick and choose which folder(s) to move(?) Just wondering why one would choose to move everything off the system drive/partition and someone else would choose to move some folders out but keep the profile folder home.

Thanks

Edit in: Okay did more reading on these boards and hopefully answered my own question. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong but here is what I got: The other difference between moving just folders and moving the whole profile folder to another drive/partition is that with the latter, it is now considered a system partition and will be included in a system image. While the folders only method allows you to make a much smaller system image with the ability to backup the folders separately.
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