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Windows 7: User Folders - Change Default Location

02 Nov 2009   #40
Megalodon

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gellio View Post
Yup, this worked just fine. However, I strongly recommend doing it before installing anything as some installations have the original path hard coded. Do it on a dummy user, then create a new user and then delete the dummy one.
Good to know. Are there any common programs you know of which this is true for?


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03 Nov 2009   #41
gellio

Windows 7
 
 

Ironically (or not) if I remember correctly (don't have access to that computer right now) the main culprity seems to be Microsoft products (I seem to remember IE being a problem) and I think quicktime was a problem too if I remember correctly. After starting the process of scanning through the registry for the hard coded links and making one or two changes manually in the registry I decided that I was getting into a state of chaos and reverted back to just changing the basic values you suggested in your own post.
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03 Nov 2009   #42
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

The whole point of using junction points is to get around the problem of programs hard coding addresses - Microsoft themselves use the technique for the old Documents & Settings folder, (re-directing it to Users), amongst others others, to allow for bad programming by developers, (yes that includes themselves)

If you replace the original Local Folder with a JP called Local, even direct coded links will work
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05 Dec 2009   #43
Boras

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

Hello,Brink
I moved My Music folder according to your tutorial to another partition but now when I check back there is still a empty My Music folder in C:\users\my-name\ location. When I try to restore default location Windows 7 Professional offers making a new folder because C:\users\my-name\Music does not exist
I clicked Yes in step 9 and was doing exactly all steps from tutorial. It's a brand new installation and I wanted to set it up properly.
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05 Dec 2009   #44
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Boras,

When you move a user folder to another location, it will still have the folder displayed in the Start Menu and the C:\Users\(user-name) location (normal folder now without a location tab), and one where you moved it to. In it's Location tab (properties) it should have the new location displayed as the path though. Do you see the new location path in the Location tab for where you moved it to?
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05 Dec 2009   #45
Boras

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

Brink, thanks for reply.
Yes, I can see the new location path in the Location Tab (it's now F:\My Music). I was confused between My Music and Music and the reason why Windows needs to create a new Music folder during Restoring Default Location. In the Library I have 2 locations, my new F:\My Music and Public (C:\Users\Public\Music). Assuming it's right so.
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05 Dec 2009   #46
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome Boras.

Yep, those two locations would be correct as well. One from your user folders, and one from the Public folders is included by default in a library.

Library - Include a Folder
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14 Dec 2009   #47
wallyinnc

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

Hi Shawn
I did this somehow differently, it apparently worked, but I would like your opinion whether I might be messing things up.
I went straight to step 5, right click, then click on tab Location. There, I simply changed the drive letter (from C to M in my case) and confirmed that I wanted a new folder created and the contents moved (in short, enter 3 times).
Do you think I might run into trouble in the future by doing this?
Tks
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14 Dec 2009   #48
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Walter,

Na, you're fine. As long as it created a new folder at the new location for the user folder, it will work perfectly fine. It's when a new folder isn't created is when you have problems.
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14 Dec 2009   #49
wallyinnc

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

Great, thanks! It looked too simple to be true, maybe sometimes it is not!
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