Windows 10: Users Folder - Move Location in Windows 10
Everything works perfectly now thank you!!
Good morning, confirming what Tommyg2011 mentioned above. Did a win 7 ultimate to win 10 pro upgrade of a machine with the user profiles previously moved via Kari's sysprep/audit routine. This was from an ISO file on USB using the win7 usb dvd tool. All worked fine, took about an hour. This was with internet connected. So box standard type upgrade.
There were a few Win 10 issues to sort. Main one was with Nvidia dual monitor setup. Had to uninstall all the old files and reinstall, but took some playing around. As well Realtek audio drivers needed replacing with Win 10 update now available.
One thing to check before you start, if installing to a small SSD, it needs a decent amount of room as all the Win 7 and install files are kept. Rough and ready 30gb?
But have upgraded 3 laptops (2 from win 7 and 1 from win 8.1) and now desktop pc. No real issues with any of the upgrades, quite impressed.
I don't usually type on forums, but I found a mad simple way to do what you want to do.
in windows 10, if you want to save all the user data to another partition off your main system partition, or onto another hard drive, simply go to:
start /setting/ system/storage/ and under save location, change the destination for documents, music, pictures, and video.
What it'll do is Make another User in the new drive, for example D:, and it will put all new user data there.
Now all you got to do is go to your C: drive's user folders, *for example Pictures, delete everything inside the folder (since we'll be simply redirecting everything from the D drive), then right click the picture folder, go into properties, location. click on move, and direct it to the PICTURES location in your D: drive. This will make everything save to your new location, yet still be referenced in your local C drive's music/pictures/ect. folders.
Now do the same for your music, documents, and video folders and your life should be golden. best of both worlds cuz you can still use the C drives folder navigation since the Cdrive's user folders aren't deletable off of the Cdrive, but have them save off in another partition of drive.
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Hi Tapac333, welcome to the Ten Forums.
We clearly have different definition for "mad simple way".
Doing it your way, you have to do this manually for each of the user folders (Documents, Pictures and so on), and repeat this for every user. In addition, the space consuming folders like AppData, Temp and such will not be relocated, they still remain on C: drive.
Doing it as told in this tutorial, all existing and future user folders will automatically be relocated. One command, given one time, and absolutely everything will be moved. Not only your complete user profile with each and every folder, including Temp and AppData will be removed. And, when additional user accounts will be created they are automatically created on another drive.
Your way: manually move some of the user folders one by one, it's not possible to move all of them. Repeat for each user.
The method in this tutorial: One command, one time, everything will be moved. For all existing users and for all users you will later create on the same PC.
Sadly enough, when installing my OS the last time I was not yet aware of your guide (which actually should be integrated into the installation software as a standard option IMO!).
I used the "old" way of moving all (most) subdirs to a different drive. I.e., my C:\Users\user\* are pointing to D:\Users\user\* (reading earlier posts now, I see this is exactly what tapac333 was referring to, only I see this method as mad more than "mad simple").
In light of the Windows 10 release and finding this guide tempting tempting, I'd like to ask if you have a recommended way for me to make the complete switch of C:\Users to D:\Users while upgrading Win8.1 to Win10 and maintaining my data in tact.
My thought is:
1. Rename D:\Users to D:\OldUsers
2. Install Win10 and shift C:\Users to D:\Users as per your guide
3. Move everything folders from D:\OldUsers to D:\Users
However, something tells me the Users folder might look different in Win10 and I'll end with a corrupted system after the suggested solution.
Thanks in advance.
I guess I did it my way to keep the app data on the main system drive. Because I don't have an SSD, I do have the space on my system partition *(500GB) for app data / programs. I have about 600GB of MEDIA (*pictures/videos/music/documents) that I just wanted to keep separate from my Programs, downloads ect. That's on my C drive. That way for my NAS backup, I can just direct it to the D drive and backup just the MEDIA that I accumulate instead of the software. and Separetly, I would backup C drive Images to a secondary Drive. This way it kind of keeps my programs and OS together and backed up on a drive, and media backed up off site.
Thinking about it now, my reasoning is very specific to my case. but it took 5 minutes to change after my clean install, and with being the only USER on this PC (Personal PC) I don't really have to worry about other user folders..
Depending on how advanced a user you are, multiple users may be of need at some point.
For example: you need to run a second dropbox client that syncs a different account (I have my personal account, and another on for synching work related stuff).
Sometimes you'll need to run a service as a different user, for various reasons (I'm a software engineer, so I have plenty of them), etc. etc.
But the best thing about Kari's solution is that you can wipe your Windows installation clean without worrying about losing any data. Then, once you're re-installing your OS, you point the Users folder at a different drive, and get back to where you left off.
No need to symlink anything back, and you're guaranteed not to lose anything (there are lot of programs that will write configuration files to the root of your C:\Users\[user] directory's, that would be a shame to see them go with the wipe).
I am another user who has been grateful for your excellent tutorials. I used your Win7 version to relocate files when I rebuilt my system about a year and a half ago. At that time I moved both the User files and the Program data.
I have gone through this tutorial and thread, as well as the Win7 one to see what my process is going to be. It looks like I will be OK leaving my User files relocated, only moving the Program data back. The question I have is about the registry edits. Is that only for User file relocations, or do I need to do that for moving the Program Data back to C:? The Win7 tutorial for relocating files doesn't have anything about registry edits, so am I correct in assuming that is only for Win 8 or 10?
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First, welcome to the Ten Forums
The registry edits were needed when the upgrade was not possible with relocated system folders. Upgrading from 7 to 10 you need to move the ProgramData first back to C: drive but you should not need to edit the registry anymore, although the edits shown here do no harm when done.
I have only tested 7 to 10 upgrade now a couple of times with relocated Users folder only, not on a system where also the ProgramData was relocated and then moved back to C: drive. I will test that scenario as soon as I can find some time, until that I can only tell you that you should not need to edit registry after moving the ProgramData to C: but if the upgrade then fails notifying you that you cannot upgrade due the system being sysprepped, an easy fix is to edit the registry.
There is a tutorial that allows to create an installation DVD that, during the installation of Windows 10 (any edition), automatically creates a separate partition to save the profiles of users?
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