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Windows 7: User Profile - Change Default Location

17 Aug 2012   #150
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome Morten.


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23 Aug 2012   #151
Ignatz

7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Thank you!

After a couple of years I finally got the point of needing to reinstall my OS, thank goodness I remembered this post from when I originally tried to find a way to move my User and ProgramInfo folders... which was too much for me at the time. I vowed that one day I'd have everything on my D drive. Now I will.

Thanks again.
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23 Aug 2012   #152
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome Ignatz, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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23 Sep 2012   #153
pknight

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Brink,
This looks great. I do have a question I'd like to get your opinion on. I have installed a SSD, but my User profile is too large to fit on it. I have migrated Win 7 to the SSD after stripping documents, music, etc out of my User profile so it would be small enough. However, I kept a copy of the original profile on my HDD, and after the OS migration, I restored it to the original name.

I can now boot to the OS on the SSD, or to the original OS on the HDD. The latter is exactly the same as what I had before the SSD, except that there is now an SSD in the system. When I boot to the SSD everything is fine, except that I cannot access my documents, since the corresponding folders on the SSD are empty. I want to only use the SSD boot, but I need to be able to access the User profile on the HDD.

I have considered several methods to get the SSD system to see the User profile on the HDD, but then I saw this tutorial and wondered if I used Method 1 starting from step 7 (since the User profile I want to use is already in the location where I want it), would I have access to my old user profile from the migrated OS?

The most likely alternative that I have found is to create junctions between the “My” files folders on the SSD and on the HDD, but your method seems more straightforward.

Thanks in advance for your input.
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23 Sep 2012   #154
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello pknight,

You might consider using the yellow TIP box at the top of the tutorial instead to include the folders from the old profile on the HDD into libraries to access from instead. This the files will not take up any space on the SSD, and you will not have to worry about messing up your user profile on the SSD by trying to move it to or take over the one on the HDD.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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23 Sep 2012   #155
pknight

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Thanks, Shawn. However, I am not just trying to save HDD space. I have about 300GB of music, video, photos, documents, etc. in my profile. I would like to run my apps like I have been doing, with the data files where the apps expect them to be. Does the library method do this? And, even though I may not use it, would the method in the tutorial work, if I start at step 7, as I described earlier?

I am willing to take a bit of a risk, since I won't be changing the system on the HDD, and I can always boot to that and restore if things go wrong.
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23 Sep 2012   #156
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

No, libraries wouldn't work for that.

However, I'm not sure if you start at step 7 in Method One would work either in this situation. You could give it a try and see, but I would recommend to create a restore point of C (Windows drive) first to be safe.
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24 Sep 2012   #157
pknight

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Well, it works in the sense that everything boots and runs, but it does not work in the sense that when I try to open an existing file in a program such as Word, it still looks for it in C:\Users\myname, rather than F:\Users\myname. (iTunes is the one program that found its files on the F: drive without any problems.)

It looks as though the only way to do what I want to do that might work is to create junctions between C:\users\myname and F:\users\myname, or perhaps just between the My Documents, My Music, etc. folders.

I will try the junction solution soon and report back.

Thanks again for your help.
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25 Sep 2012   #158
pknight

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I created the junction between C:\Users\myname and F:\Users\myname, and everything is working as it should. The system (not just Windows Explorer) sees the user profile as being on C:\, just as I was looking for. Thanks again.
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25 Sep 2012   #159
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That's great news pknight. Thank you for posting back with your results.
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