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Windows 7: User Profile - Change Default Location

04 Oct 2011   #70
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

David,

As a test, see if moving the user profile back to it's original location on the C: drive to see if it works properly afterwards.


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04 Oct 2011   #71
DavidGrimm

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

So copy and paste the profile from D:\Users\username to C:\Users\username then use regedit to point it from D to C (just this process in reverse?)?

There is not enough free space on C to move it back (once I moved it I moved all my music and pictures into it).

Could I create a new profile on D:\ and try to move the folders across... there is a guide linked from that tutorial for this, but it is for Vista
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04 Oct 2011   #72
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You could give it a try and see, but you'll only be able to copy the folder contents over since it's a different account. Be sure to back up your files before doing so to be safe.
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18 Nov 2011   #73
soundklinik

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello Brink, everyone,
what a great and knowledgeable site

I am a new Windows 7 user (update from XP) and I installed W7 on a small 64GB SSD. So space is important.
I read a lot of the tutorials on this site about the DOs and DON'ts on SSD and followed the tutorials.
I moved temp files using Leo:How do I change the location of Windows temporary files?
(I would like to keep mainly read files/programs on the SSD-if possible)
I want to move the default location of downloads, desktop, documents, favorites etc?
Is it better to move everything, USER folder (all files) or one by one? I am concern about downloads and other folders where content gets often erased.
What happens to the sub-files "Public" after moving User-(me)? Do they still get "public" downloads? (I am the only user-administrator)

Sorry for all these questions, but a few of days ago I tried to move the User files to a different location, and fiddling in the registry keys, (and I really messed up), resulted in google toolbar disappearing, Icons disappearing after restart, W7 acted like it was just installed......you can understand my apprehension.
I had to re-install W-7.
So far I did not install any programs yet, until I figure out and move folder(s) that can be moved.
Thank you for help
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18 Nov 2011   #74
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Soundklinik,

If you have the space on your Windows 7 C: drive, then it's really best to keep the user profile folder and user folders at their default locations and not move them to avoid any potential unknown issues.

The main issue about moving the user profile folder itself for an existing user account, is that some installed programs may not work afterwards. To avoid this, it's really best to either move the user profile folder for new user accounts and create a new administrator account afterwards to use instead. Luckily you didn't install any yet though.

If you only wanted to move a few user folders, then just moving them would be better then moving the user profile folder itself. However, if you wanted to move all of them, then it may be easier to just move the user profile folder.

The C:\Users\Public folders do not get moved with this.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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18 Nov 2011   #75
soundklinik

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello Shawn,
thank you for clearing out this "conflict" for me...

Mainly I want to move "Download" folder, (or POINT ALL downloads by default to a NEW location), because they contains too many "temporary files" that get erased later.

So moving only "Download" folder, I just proceed as described in tutorial and then erase the default one (on C) and leave only the new one, for example: H:\Downloads?

Thank you for help.

Have a nice weekend,
Karl
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18 Nov 2011   #76
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Karl,

Yes, you could move the Downloads folder like that if you like.

However, if you are using IE9, then you could use the tutorial below to change the default folder that IE9 uses to download to instead.

https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...-location.html
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19 Nov 2011   #77
soundklinik

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks Shawn,

OK, just did the move "downloads", and is just like in your tutorial.

For IE, I am using Chrome, because of previous problems with window IEs on XP...(in Chrome I did that already.)

Karl
Additional question: Is it safe to move "My Documents" folder? (There are sub folders in that I would like to move with it, meaning to move the whole undisturbed lot)
Thanx again
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19 Nov 2011   #78
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That's great news Karel.

When you move the "My Documents" folder, it will move it's contents with it as well if all steps are followed in the tutorial.
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19 Nov 2011   #79
soundklinik

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello Shawn,

thank you so much, so far so good...your help is very much appreciated.

Best, Karel
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