Windows 10: Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10
I'll take that as a 'Yes' then
and assume it's not a universal issue. Thanks.
I'd like to know why this occurred as a consequnce of my particular moving operation; it seems to be related to this issue:
The database was not brought to a Clean Shutdown state before it was removed (or possibly moved or renamed).
so I hope you don't mind me asking a few more questions. To start; did you execute the move in audit mode during installation (your Method 1) or after (Method 2)?
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I normally never sysprep an existing Windows installation; the more Windows has been used, the more software and user data it contains, the more possibilities there is for something to go wrong.
I only use sysprep to customize my install image, including the relocation of the Users folder on a clean, fresh install, booting to Audit Mode immediately after the installation has finished and Windows enters the OOBE phase.
Short answer: always Method One. Method Two in my case only to test that it works, and to get screenshots for the tutorial / make videos of the process.
That seems like good advice Kari; there are obviously many internal processes & services running, some with fixed parameters that are not modified during sysprepping (as I discovered here).
I have 3 internal disks, one SSD for W7, one for W10, and a third (HDD) for data (which already has a partition dedicated to W7 user folders--documents, pictures, music etc.).
If I were to re-install 10 and move the Users folder in audit mode during installation, I would have the data disk, where the Users folder would be located, connected and the 7 OS disk disconnected/disabled.
However, having observed that W10 registers the W7 SSD OS partition before those on the data disk, the W10 Users location on the HDD will change once the W7 SSD is reconnected after the installation. I'm assuming I would have to assign a permanent letter to the partition I intend to use for W10's User folder before installation.
Does that make sense? Well, no. Apologies for my fugue-state mentality.
Last edited by omnescient; 04 Mar 2016 at 18:23.
move ONLY the Documents folder
Hi Kari, I had already installed Windows 10 before finding this forum and want to move ONLY the Documents folder from my C: (Samsung 840 EVO SSD) to my E: drive (2TB HDD). What is the best way to do this? Are there any negative issues if I move only the Documents foldler rather than moving the whole Users folder from C: to E: ? Thanks for the help.
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You should change the storage location of the Documents folder as told in this tutorial: Storage Save Locations - Change in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
Thanks Kari. I found a video on youtube (How to move folder to another drive in Windows 10 - YouTube) (I hope it's OK to post this link, I'm NOT trying to push this guy's youtube page, just trying to show where I got my info) showing me how to move the Document folder that entailed right clicking on the "Documents" folder, going to Properties, then the "Location" tab., where I changed location to my E: drive This method seems to have worked because, now, when I click on Libraries | Documents, I am shown the new folder location on my E: drive. However, when I check in the Windows 10 Settings | System | Storage| etc., I noticed that it was still set to the original default location on the C; drive. Does this create a conflict within Windows 10?
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The method is detailed described in this tutorial at our sister site the Seven Forums, it applies to Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10: User Folders - Change Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums
To restore the folder to it's original location; Users Personal Folders - Restore Default Location in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
However, in Windows 10 it is much more practical and easy to do as I told you in my previous post: Storage Save Locations - Change in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
Got it, thanks very much.
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