Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10  


  1. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 [1809]
       #1280

    johngalt said: View Post
    Interesting. I've seen the \Users tree created on C:, but it only had a single folder in it, Administrator, so I just left it alone.
    Yes I think most users don't remove the C:\Users folder even if it's supposed to have no use anymore, that's why they don't have the problem...

    johngalt said: View Post
    I did a reg search for C:\Users and did find numerous links to C:\Users\{My username} but that actual folder does not exist.
    Oh in my case the links in the registry using old users location only point to "C:\Users\Public\..." or "C:\Users\Default\...". In your case this is even weirder indeed because your user should have been created directly in the relocated users folder...

    johngalt said: View Post
    Not sure why you're having issues. Maybe @Kari has some insight.
    Well the only real issue I had so far concerns the system restore functionality, and I already found the reason as I said (C:\Users must exist for system restore functionality to work). But all this + the fact that just by taking a look at the registry we can find a lot of references to the default users location C:\Users, this doesn't make me fully confident about the procedure...
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    ouno said: View Post
    Yes I think most users don't remove the C:\Users folder even if it's supposed to have no use anymore, that's why they don't have the problem...

    Well the only real issue I had so far concerns the system restore functionality, and I already found the reason as I said (C:\Users must exist for system restore functionality to work). But all this + the fact that just by taking a look at the registry we can find a lot of references to the default users location C:\Users, this doesn't make me fully confident about the procedure...
    I have not used nor do I want to use System Restore, I can't say if it requires C:\Users folder. If so, the solution is simple: leave it there after relocating. In any case, it will only contain an empty profile folder Administrator, taking up a few kilobytes. Personally, I always remove it as useless.

    If you are not confident about this procedure, please do not use it. In all these years since first Vista beta versions, on countless computers, I have never had a single issue caused by relocated Users folder.

    In my case, assuming System Restore really requires C:\Users, benefits of relocating Users folder thus separating user data and OS to different disks or partitions far outweights the ability to use System Restore, a feature which will most probably be deprecated in near future. Any of today's backup programs, Macrium Reflect in my case, does the same, faster and more reliably.

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  3. Posts : 1
    Win10 Pro 64bit
       #1282

    I read the warnings in the first post about factory installations.
    This is a brand new HP Zbook 15 G5.
    I guess that HP does have their own answer files etc which would make it a bit risky to try this move the "users" from C: to D:
    or do you guys have a different opinion ?

    Thanks,
    Tomas
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  4.    #1283

    toost said: View Post
    I read the warnings in the first post about factory installations.
    This is a brand new HP Zbook 15 G5.
    I guess that HP does have their own answer files etc which would make it a bit risky to try this move the "users" from C: to D:
    or do you guys have a different opinion ?

    Thanks,
    Tomas
    I don't think you want my opinion, I just bought a new Dell laptop and never booted it up before upgrading the drive to a 1TB SDD with a fresh install of Win10. I still have the factory 256 drive in case the laptop needs to go back but at this point she looks like a keeper.

    I've never been one for all the bloatware the manufacturers put on their systems.
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