Windows 10: Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10
Thank you Kari...I'll read up on it and post back on the outcome after downloading the latest iso and attempting an install.
Well...when closing down the machine for the night it stated that it was getting updates before powering off. The next morning when powered up it started a lengthy update process which I expected to fail...at about 4pm it completed everything and rebooted...whereupon I checked with msinfo32 and found that I had version 10.0.10586 and the user profiles were still on F:\ where I had moved them. So far all seems well, so go figure?
Finnish but not finished
Going back to post #705 in this thread I asked you about this plan
1) move the users as in step 2 - but don't worry about deactivating first
2) After the move, create a local user account with my desired name of "Dave"
3) Then I can make the "Dave" account a MS Account (**** now do I do that??? *****)
4) Then move the files from the old (doher) account to the new (Dave) account
5) Delete the old (doher) account
6) Do I need to do anything with Users\Public (it looks like it has no user associated with it so it just work as normal??)
Well I still have not moved the users to another drive yet and had to install a bunch of programs to get some work done. But I still want to do it. I waited partly to get the anniversary update behind me and also that one guy that could not install an update (a few days ago)
I notice now that I've been using the system for a while and installing programs, my "C:\Users\doher\AppData" has lots of stuff in it. As I mentioned I REALLY want to get away from the "doher" as a user location and use "Dave" which I've been using since Windows had the concept of users! In addition to this info in AppData, I see now that the registry has a fair amount of references to the "C:\Users\doher" path.
Here are my new questions...
Q1: In step 5 I mention deleting the "doher" account. I'm thinking now I can't do that now with AppData and Registry references to it? Right?
Q2: If I follow this procedure (including de-registering then re-registering the user accounts - does that take care of all the "C:\Users\doher" references in the registry?
Q3: Depending on what you say about Q1 and Q2, should the new procedure be this?
N1) move the users as in step 2 - including deactivating users
N2) After the move, create a local user account with my desired name of "Dave"
N3) Then I can make the "Dave" account a MS Account - **** is it OK to use the same MS account (email address) as doher ****
N4) Then move my regular files from the old (doher) account to the new (Dave) account
N5) Keep, just don't use anymore the "doher" account because of the AppData and/or Registry entries?
Q4: (Not exactly related but sort of): In many of my documents I reference other documents. For example in my document about how to do my backups, I'll say "See the document "Backup Tracking" to record the backup details. And "Backup Tracking" is a hyperlink to another document 0 for example the hyperlink might point to:
C:\Documents and Settings\Dave\My Documents\Tracking\Backup Tracking.xlsx
You can see my issue - moving users or not - all those links are broken in Windows 10. Is there some way I could redirect any calls to
C:\Documents and Settings\Dave\My Documents
Is there a better way to reference other documents or folders in documents?
bug advice for anniversary update. downloaded the iso for my Language, italian. clean install and relocate. the start menu have some voices in english, so few folders (ie: users\public). installing w10 without relocating it is all in italian...
Last edited by pietro; 04 Aug 2016 at 17:14.
bug confirmed even relocating post installation... for non english users better to wait...
Great and helpful post.
However, is there a way to relocate Users folder without using a windows 10 setup DVD?
I have a tablet with dual preinstalled OS (Android and Windows 10) and I want to relocate Users folder to an SD card (D: ) as I am running out of space at the internal storage drive (C: ).
Thank you in advance,
Finnish but not finished
Hi Stergios, welcome to Ten Forums.
You cannot relocate Users folder to an SD card. It must be a hard disk (HDD or SSD). You might want to try if this helps you at least a little: Storage Save Locations - Change in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
After having trouble installing the KB3172985 update, I applied the Anniversary Update using an in-place upgrade from ISO. KB3176495 installed without a hitch, so hopefully it's smooth sailing from now on.
anniversary update, another bug i read about. i haven't experienced it but, occasionally, people relocating users/data folders could have the pc crashing. ms recomend to run in safe mode or don't relocate (obiously)... waiting for a fix
I used the tutorial to move my user folders to a spare, second drive in my laptop. Now I'm thinking about changing it from a spinner to an SSD and I'm wondering what steps I should be considering, before I make that swap, to preserve my user folders...
I don't want to move my Users folder. (Kari has an excellent tutorial on that. I did it on a previous system and that's not a solution for me.)
My C drive is an SSD and my downloads are at 120GB. Sure, I can move things manually, but...
Alienware M17x R5 Laptop
Windows 10 Pro (upgraded from Windows 7 Pro)
What caused the problem:
1. I wanted to change the locations of the users directory from C:\ (SSD partition that contains the OS) to W:\ (HDD)
I have a computer that is stuck in an "automatic repair" loop. On this machine, the Users folder is on a separate physical hard drive than the system drive.
I have concluded that I will have to reset the PC. What is the best way to move...
I'm trying to move all of my documents to a new hard drive and I successfully did it with all of them except for the "Music" folder; each time I try to move it to a new location I get this error message:
Is there a way to correct this?