Modify the location of profile specific folders like My Documents
February 12th, 2006 - 06:00 pm ET by
By default, Windows will store profile specific folders in the “Documents and Settings” folder located on your system hard drive.
In the event that you hard disk is partitioned and you wish to move these folders from the system partition you should follow this tip. We have already seen in a previous tip how to move the “Program Files” folder; we will now see how to move the “My Documents”, “Desktop”, “Favourites” etc…
“Documents and Settings” folder with the session names
Click “Start”, “Run” and type “regedit”. Click “OK” so that you have the Windows Registry open in front of you.
Go to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Explorer\User Shell Folders
Here it is possible to edit the location of the folders relative to all the users. You should think about using the %USERPROFILE% variable (this is case sensitive) so that the system will replace them with the session names.
Changing the folders in the registry
It is possible to perform these changes with the help of Microsoft’s TweakUI. The use of this tool has already been described in another tip.
The “My Documents” folder can be moved by right clicking on this folder and selecting “properties”. Go to the “target” tab and change the location. If you perform the change in this way you cannot use the %USERPROFILE% variable and so you will need to open each user’s session and perform the operation manually each time…