Windows 10: Change default location for new users

  1.    10 Feb 2016 #1

    Change default location for new users


    In previous versions of Windows, a quick registry hack has let me create my main user (after the one in C:\Users created when installing Windows) in E:\Users rather than C:\Users.

    This is the method I've used before:

    Use Regedit to navigate to:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

    and alter ProfilesDirectory, in my case to E:\Users.

    Does anyone know if this works in W10, or will I be a path-finder?
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  2. Kari's Avatar
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       10 Feb 2016 #2

    The registry method, as told in this tutorial on our sister sister the Seven Forums has never been my favorite because of the way it handles the Windows Environment Variables.

    In Windows 10 I recommend using the Sysprep method: Users Folder - Move Location in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    Kari
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  3.    10 Feb 2016 #3

    As far as I can see this doesn't let me leave the original user in C:, which is what I want to do so I don't have to move the users back to C: to upgrade.

    I've not actually had environment variable problems with the registry hack method, maybe I should simply do that...
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  4. Kari's Avatar
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       10 Feb 2016 #4

    Oriental Slave said: View Post
    As far as I can see this doesn't let me leave the original user in C:, which is what I want to do so I don't have to move the users back to C: to upgrade.
    Windows 10 changed the way relocated Users folder is handled. You can now upgrade with the complete Users folder relocated.
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  5.    10 Feb 2016 #5

    Even though C: and E: are physically different drives? That is why I wanted to leave the original one on C:. The alternative is all are on C:, but I relocate documents, dropbox & pictures for the normal user as that's where all the space is taken up.
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  6. Kari's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       10 Feb 2016 #6

    No issues. In-place upgrade in Windows 10 works perfectly also when the Users folder is located on another disk.
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