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Windows 7: User Profile - Change Default Location

06 Dec 2014   #250
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Elmasryahmed, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Option One was for an existing account in your current Windows. The old directory was from a previous Windows, and would not work using this option.

You might see if you may be able to do a system restore at boot using a restore point (if available) dated before this happened.

If not, then you might see if you are able to boot to Safe Mode, and reverse this, or create a new account to use instead.


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06 Dec 2014   #251
Elmasryahmed

Windows 7 ultimate x86
 
 

Thanks Brink,
I already managed to log on to windows ( changed back the registry to the default path),
Now is it possible to link my user account to the old user folder?!!
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06 Dec 2014   #252
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I'm afraid not.

Personally, I would recommend to use OPTION TWO, then create a new account for you to use instead that will be at the new location.
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07 Dec 2014   #253
Elmasryahmed

Windows 7 ultimate x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
I'm afraid not.
I thought one of the reason of doing so is to keep your user folder if you lose your windows so it can be used with a new installation!!!
So if I use option 2 and then merge ( drag and drop) my old folders like music, pictures .....etc, to the new user folder would it work?!
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07 Dec 2014   #254
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You could copy over any your files you wanted from the old folders to the new ones, but you don't want to completely replace the new with the old.
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28 Feb 2015   #255
Rookie2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Today I successfully did this again. My secondary partition was also E so did it almost exactly like Brink did. The only difference was I was going to move my profile folder to E:\Users and not to E:\
I wasn't sure if I had to create the Users folder in E first or if it would create it automatically. I thought it would create it automatically so I just logged back to my user to check. It didn't, and as a result, I was logged in to the so called temporary location.
Then I tried again, but this time I created the Users folder in E first and it worked as expected.
So I think the tutorial should be edited and a note or an extra step should be added pointing out that your new user directory must exist before you log back into your account because the system won't create it automatically. If you will move your profile folder to inside another folder then you have to create that folder first if it doesn't exist.
Otherwise, this tutorial still rocks. Thank you again.
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28 Feb 2015   #256
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Rookie2,

You can copy your (user-name) into any folder or root directory you like. It doesn't have to be in an ex: "E:\Users" folder.

You just have to make sure you have the correct new path in the registry.
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07 Mar 2015   #257
aPolit

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Thank you Brink for your excellent tutorial, worked like a charm!

But now there seems to be one annoyance: every time I try to make a backup, I get a message that Windows Backup is skipping some files:

Backup encountered a problem while backing up file C:\Users\Oliver\Documents. Error: (The system cannot find the path specified. (0x80070003))
Backup encountered a problem while backing up file C:\Users\Oliver\Music. Error: (The system cannot find the path specified. (0x80070003))
Backup encountered a problem while backing up file C:\Users\Oliver\Pictures. Error: (The system cannot find the path specified. (0x80070003))
Backup encountered a problem while backing up file C:\Users\Oliver\AppData\Local. Error: (The system cannot find the path specified. (0x80070003))
Backup encountered a problem while backing up file C:\Users\Oliver\AppData\LocalLow. Error: (The system cannot find the path specified. (0x80070003))
Backup encountered a problem while backing up file C:\Users\Oliver\Contacts. Error: (The system cannot find the path specified. (0x80070003))
Backup encountered a problem while backing up file C:\Users\Oliver\Desktop. Error: (The system cannot find the path specified. (0x80070003))
Backup encountered a problem while backing up file C:\Users\Oliver\Downloads. Error: (The system cannot find the path specified. (0x80070003))
Backup encountered a problem while backing up file C:\Users\Oliver\Favorites. Error: (The system cannot find the path specified. (0x80070003))
Backup encountered a problem while backing up file C:\Users\Oliver\Links. Error: (The system cannot find the path specified. (0x80070003))
Backup encountered a problem while backing up file C:\Users\Oliver\Saved Games. Error: (The system cannot find the path specified. (0x80070003))
Backup encountered a problem while backing up file C:\Users\Oliver\Searches. Error: (The system cannot find the path specified. (0x80070003))

The path C:\Users\Oliver\ doesn't exist anymore. It's now D:\Users\Oliver\ ... So, any suggestions? :)
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07 Mar 2015   #258
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello aPolit, and welcome to Seven Forums.

No worries. That's just a general error letting you know that Windows Backup can no longer find those folders that you specified to back up. This is because you moved them of course.

You can use the tutorial below reset Windows Backup back to default. Afterwards, just set up Windows Backup again, but be sure to include the folders at the new location instead.

Backup User and System Files - Reset to Default Configuration

Backup User and System Files
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08 Mar 2015   #259
aPolit

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello aPolit, and welcome to Seven Forums.
No worries. That's just a general error letting you know that Windows Backup can no longer find those folders that you specified to back up. This is because you moved them of course.

You can use the tutorial below reset Windows Backup back to default. Afterwards, just set up Windows Backup again, but be sure to include the folders at the new location instead.
Backup User and System Files - Reset to Default Configuration
Backup User and System Files
Thanks! But it seems the problem persists. Also, if I launch regedit and do a search "C:\Users\Oliver", I get several hits. Should I just replace every "C:\Users\Oliver" string with "D:\Users\Oliver" in registry, or will something explode?
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