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Change location for documents and settings files

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Broooz, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. Broooz

    Broooz Flightless Bird

    I have just got a new pc with windows 7 on it and would like to separate
    system and programme files from documents etc to assist with backups and
    also restoring windows if required. I would like to keep my documents files
    in another partition from the C drive. I have read that this can be done by
    changing the file location in my documents. Does this have to be done for
    each user in isolation or can it be done in bulk.

    Also, how do I do the same thing for all the other personal files like
    windows live mail folders and internet explorer files etc. Can this be done
    by changing the location at the higher level (eg of C:/users) perhaps when
    in safe mode?

    Or, is there a better way of getting personal information onto another
    drive?

    Thanks

    Broooz

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  2. Broooz

    Broooz Flightless Bird

    "Broooz" <nospam@newsgroup.com> wrote in message
    news:waEen.40915$Ym4.37196@text.news.virginmedia.com...
    > I have just got a new pc with windows 7 on it and would like to separate
    > system and programme files from documents etc to assist with backups and
    > also restoring windows if required. I would like to keep my documents
    > files in another partition from the C drive. I have read that this can be
    > done by changing the file location in my documents. Does this have to be
    > done for each user in isolation or can it be done in bulk.
    >
    > Also, how do I do the same thing for all the other personal files like
    > windows live mail folders and internet explorer files etc. Can this be
    > done by changing the location at the higher level (eg of C:/users) perhaps
    > when in safe mode?
    >
    > Or, is there a better way of getting personal information onto another
    > drive?


    I have tried, it appears that you cannot change the location of the users
    file at least I cant see how to do it. Any ideas how to change the location
    of files like internet explorer or windows live mail please?
     
  3. PeeCee

    PeeCee Flightless Bird

    "Broooz" <nospam@newsgroup.com> wrote in message
    news:waEen.40915$Ym4.37196@text.news.virginmedia.com...
    > I have just got a new pc with windows 7 on it and would like to separate
    > system and programme files from documents etc to assist with backups and
    > also restoring windows if required. I would like to keep my documents
    > files in another partition from the C drive. I have read that this can be
    > done by changing the file location in my documents. Does this have to be
    > done for each user in isolation or can it be done in bulk.
    >
    > Also, how do I do the same thing for all the other personal files like
    > windows live mail folders and internet explorer files etc. Can this be
    > done by changing the location at the higher level (eg of C:/users) perhaps
    > when in safe mode?
    >
    > Or, is there a better way of getting personal information onto another
    > drive?
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    > Broooz





    Broooz

    From what I've discovered.

    \\Users\Desktop, Downloads, Favourites, Links, My Documents, My Music, My
    Pictures, My Videos, Saved Games and Searches can all be relocated to
    another drive / partition by right clicking on the folder, left clicking
    properties and selecting the Location Tab.
    This is likely to be true for any other folders you add to \\Users\Username\

    Other folders under \\Users\ however don't have the Location tab so can't
    be moved without registry hacks.

    Windows Live Mail store folder can be changed by:
    Tools, Options, Advanced, Maintenance, Store Folder button, & change to the
    new Location.

    Contacts on the other hand can't be moved by right clicking the folder, nor
    is there any way within the Contacts program to change it.
    (not that I can find anyway)
    Note this is not the place Windows Live Mail stores it's contacts, they are
    buried in \\Users\AppData which you can't move either.

    So once again Microsoft screws it's customers.
    'DUH' users get catered for with bright big buttons and dumbed down
    interfaces.
    Competent users OTOH get stuffed around by hiding the stuff in obscure
    locations.

    If you want to get your hands dirty, you can (apparently) change the
    location of the 'Users' folder with registry hacks.

    This website
    http://tuts4tech.net/2009/08/05/win...m-files-directories-to-a-different-partition/
    says:
    "For the user profiles you'll need to go to
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
    and again edit the paths as needed"

    I HAVE NOT TRIED THIS SO DO IT AT YOUR PERIL, though I'd like to know if it
    works for you as it seems logical enough.
    I would think it may pay to copy the C:/Users\Username\ folder to the new
    location first.

    Best
    Paul.
     

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