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Windows 7: User Profile - Change Default Location

08 Mar 2015   #260
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Nar, I wouldn't do that with the registry. I'll most likely break something.

In addition, manage your backup to make changes in step 4 below, use "Let me choose" at step 8 below, and uncheck theses folders on the C: drive in step 9. This will remove them from being included in the backup, and to stop getting the can't find them message.


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05 Aug 2015   #261
TONPumper

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

When I did a clean reinstall of Windows 10, I named my new account the same name as the account I had on Windows 7. My Windows 7 user folder with all of my documents, music, and settings was on my D: partition and my Windows 10 user account folder was on my C: partition. I used this method on my Windows 10 machine to edit the registry and merged the C: user with the old D: user. It seems to have worked fine. There are a few hiccups with Windows trying to read programs that aren't there but other than that, everything seems okay.
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20 Oct 2015   #262
M3rLiN

Win 7 Pro
 
 

Hi Brink.

Thanks for a great tutorial... I've done the "Method 2" option on a new computer. It wil be added t a domain with a server where I'll add the domain user when I get the computer to that location, i.e. the domain user will (should) be added to the new disk location.

I read that someone had had problems with this setup, but I'm not sure if he MOVED the user or if he did a method 2. Have you heard of any other problems with this regarding domain users on server networks.

Thing is, I've added left over, smaller SSD's as system disks on new desktop computers and set their standard mecanical drives as secondaries, so this really need to work...
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20 Oct 2015   #263
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello M3rLiN, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you meant "OPTION TWO" for new accounts instead, then that is the one that works best. OPTION ONE for an existing account can sometimes have issues with it breaking installed programs.

I don't have an experience using this with a domain, but it should work the same.
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20 Oct 2015   #264
tjg79

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

I attempted this tutorial on a clean install to move my user account to the d:\ using option 1, method 1, but it didn't appear to be fully successful. When I logged back in to the moved account, all my personal settings were gone or lost. Also, when I checked the user accounts location via the Start Button location, it appeared to be on: C:\Users\TEMP. I suspect there as a new TEMP directory created that everything was move to.

The only thing I noticed when I was performing the tutorial, was that when I was copying the user account to be moved to the new location, I got many indications that files couldn't be moved, because they were in use.

I suspect the problem may be that when I was switching between user accounts, I didn't do a complete restart. So, the files were still in use by the user account that wasn't active.

Is there a fix for this condition?

Regards

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The system appears to have created a new user account, TEMP

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Whatever I did, it wasn't what was intended. It appears the Administrator account was changed to TEMP.

I could probably figure this out and fix it, but I might do something worse that is unfixable. I'll be waiting for assistance.

Regards


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20 Oct 2015   #265
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello tjg,

Usually reversing the process to restore the default location will sort this for you.
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20 Oct 2015   #266
tjg79

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

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

Usually reversing the process to restore the default location will sort this for you.
I would normally think so, but it looks like a new entry was created in the registry and the entry I intended to change was made into a back-up.

The worst part is I don't understand what went wrong.

How would you fix this?

Regards
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20 Oct 2015   #267
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I'd still try the system restore if you haven't already.
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20 Oct 2015   #268
tjg79

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

I don't have a restore point. If I reverse my actions and then manually edit the registry to remove that backup entry, would that work? How do I get the old Administrator account to show up as Administrator and not Temp?
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20 Oct 2015   #269
tjg79

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

OK, I'm back to square one. Everything is restored.

I'm not sure what went wrong, but the first thing I noticed while following those instructions was that a number of files that appeared to be hidden system files wouldn't copy, because they were in use. I have my user account set to log in automatically. So, even if I create a second account for the purpose of this tutorial, I will always log into my regular account if I start or reboot. I was switching between the different accounts by going to the Start Button/Shut down arrow and selecting Switch user. I suspect that some of my regular account system files are still in use and can't be copied for that reason. Perhaps if I change my user account to require a password login so that when I start or reboot, I arrive a screen that requires a choice of which account is logging in, then the other account's files wouldn't be in use and they could be copied without issue. So, it's my impression now that I need to restart when switching accounts for the purposes of this tutorial.

I will change my user account to require a password login and then try this tutorial again.

Regards
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