Windows 10: Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10  

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  1. Posts : 7
    Windows 10 pro x64
       31 Jul 2016 #740

    Kari said: View Post
    You just have to follow the news about it. I'm sure Ten Forums will be one of the first places to post the links to Microsoft pages for ISO download. I wouldn't be surprised if the regular ISO download page would offer Anniversary Update build ISO as of Tuesday, but whatever site it will be I am sure it will be told in our tutorial: Windows 10 ISO Download - Windows 10 Forums

    In the mean time you can read more about Anniversary Update: Windows 10 Anniversary Update Available August 2 - Windows 10 Forums
    Thank you Kari...I'll read up on it and post back on the outcome after downloading the latest iso and attempting an install.
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  2. Posts : 7
    Windows 10 pro x64
       02 Aug 2016 #741

    GeeZRX said: View Post
    Thank you Kari...I'll read up on it and post back on the outcome after downloading the latest iso and attempting an install.
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    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?
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  3. Posts : 11,863
    Windows 10 Pro
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       02 Aug 2016 #742

    GeeZRX said: View Post
    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?
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    Sounds good!
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  4. Posts : 17
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Going to Win 10
       03 Aug 2016 #743

    Hi Kari,
    I'm backkkkkkkk

    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
    to
    D:\Users\Dave\Documents
    Is there a better way to reference other documents or folders in documents?

    Thanks,
    \Dave
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  5.    04 Aug 2016 #744

    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.
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  6.    05 Aug 2016 #745

    pietro said: View Post
    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...
    bug confirmed even relocating post installation... for non english users better to wait...
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  7.    07 Aug 2016 #746

    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,
    Stergios
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  8. Posts : 11,863
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       07 Aug 2016 #747

    stelar said: View Post
    I want to relocate Users folder to an SD card (D: ) as I am running out of space at the internal storage drive (C: ).
    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

    Kari
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  9. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       09 Aug 2016 #748

    Somateria said: View Post
    I'm a new Windows 10 Pro user who, thanks to the TenForums tutorials, managed a clean install from ISO and also moving the Users folder from the system C: drive to the D: drive in another partition.

    Everything is good, except KB3172985 has repeatedly failed to install. Each time, after a restart the installation begins but then gives the Fatal Error C00000D4, restarts, and rolls back the update. . . the Windows Installer terminates when it fails to write the desktop.ini file to the Users folder on the D: drive.
    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.

    Cheers, Somateria
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  10.    14 Aug 2016 #749

    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
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