How to Change the Default Location of User Folders in Windows 7 and Windows 8

Windows 7 and 8

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This will show you how to change (move) the default location of your account’s C:Users(user-name) folders to another location of your choice instead in Windows 7 and Windows 8, and still have access to the user folder from the Start Menu (Windows 7 only) location.

Tip
If you are just wanting to save HDD space, then you might consider this below to be able to access the files from your libraries with the files actually located where you like instead. This way you will not have to worry about any potential issues that come with moving user folder locations. For example, whatever partition you move your user folders to will now be included in a system image in Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Create a new folder at any location you want.
Move any files you want into the new folder.
Include the new folder into a library of your choice.
If you like, you can also set the new folder to be the default “save” to location for the library as well

EXAMPLE: User Folders
NOTE: This is at the default C:Users(user-name) and Start Menu (shell:UsersFilesFolder) locations.

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To Change User Folders Location from within User Profile Folder

1. If you a part of a homegroup, then you will need to change the homegroup settings to no longer share the user folder (ex: My Music) that you want to move first by unchecking the folder and clicking on Save Changes. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: This is so the user folder (ex: My Music) will not be shared on the homegroup anymore.

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2. In Windows Explorer, navigate to where (ex: D: drive) you want to move the default user folder (ex: My Music) location to.

3. Create a New Folder by right clicking or press and hold on a empty space in the main window there, and click/tap on New and Folder. Name the new folder without spaces (ex: “Music” for My Music) for the user folder that you want to move there. (See screenshots below)
NOTE: The name that you type in for the new folder will be what you see as the user folder name in the Start Menu (shell:UsersFilesFolder) location when finished with all of these steps. It would be best to use the same name as the user folder to avoid confusion.

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4. Close this window. (See screenshots above)

5. Press the Windows+R keys to open the Run dialog, type shell:UsersFilesFolder, and press enter.
NOTE: This will open your C:\Users\(user-name) folder.

6. Right click or press and hold on a user folder (ex: My Music, My Documents, My Pictures, etc…..) that you want to move the default location for, and click/tap on Properties. (See screenshot below)

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7. Click/tap on the Location tab, and Move button. (See screenshot below)

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8. Navigate to the same location as in step 2 and 3 above, then select the renamed new folder (ex: Music), and click/tap on the Select Folder button. (See screenshot below)

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9. Click/tap on OK. (See screenshot below)

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10. Click/tap on Yes. (See screenshot below)

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11. After a few seconds when the location has been changed, the Properties window (screenshot under step 9) will then close.

12. Check back at the C:\Users\(user-name) location to make sure that the old user folder (ex: My Music) that you moved is no longer there. If it is, then make sure that the contents of the folder were moved to the new location, and delete it. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: If you are unable to delete the folder, then restart the computer and try again.

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13. You will notice that the folder at the shell:UsersFilesFolder location and the new location (ex: D drive) you moved the user folder to, now has the default user folder (ex: My Music) icon. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: The Start Menu in Windows 7 now opens the user folder from the new location (ex: D: drive) that you moved the user folder to.

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14. If you a part of a homegroup, then you can now change the homegroup settings back to share the user folder (ex: My Music) again if you like by checking the folder, and click/tap on Save Changes. (see screenshot below)

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source: sevenforums.com

 

Change the Default Location of the My Documents Folder
To change the default location of the My Documents folder, follow these steps:

  1. 1.Click Start, and then point to My Documents.
  2. 2.Right-click My Documents, and then click Properties.
  3. 3.Click the Target tab.
  4. 4.In the Target box, do one of the following:
  • Type the path to the folder location that you want, and then click OK. For example, D:\My Stuff.

If the folder does not exist, the Create Message dialog box is displayed. Click Yes to create the folder, and then click OK.

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  • Click Move, click the folder in which to store your documents, and then click OK twice.

If you need to create a new folder, click Make New Folder. Type a name for the folder, and then click OK twice.

  1. 5.In the Move Documents box, click Yes to move your documents to the new location, or click No to leave your documents in the original location.

Restore the My Documents Folder to Its Default Location
To restore the My Documents folder to its default location, follow these steps:

  1. 1.Click Start, and then point to My Documents.
  2. 2.Right-click My Documents, and then click Properties.
  3. C3.lick Restore Default, and then click OK.
  4. 4.In the Move Documents box, click Yes to move your documents to the new location, or click No to leave your documents in the original location.

Remove the My Documents Folder from the Start menu
If you do not want to display My Documents on the Start menu, follow these steps:

  1. 1.Right-click Start, and then click Properties. Or, if the Start menu is already displayed, right-click an empty area of the Start menu, and then click Properties.
  2. 2.Click Customize.
  3. 3.Click the Advanced tab.
  4. 4.In the Start menu items list, under My Documents, click Don’t display this item, and then click OK twice.

The next time you click Start, the My Documents folder is no longer displayed on the Start menu.
NOTE: Removing the My Documents folder from the Start menu does not remove the files stored in the target location of the My Documents folder.

Display the My Documents Folder on the Start menu
To display My Documents on the Start menu, follow these steps:

  1. 1.Right-click Start, and then click Properties. Or, if the Start menu is already displayed, right-click an empty area of the Start menu, and then click Properties.
  2. 2.Click Customize.
  3. 3.Click the Advanced tab.
  4. 4.In the Start menu items list, under My Documents, click Display as a link or Display as a menu, and then click OK twice.

The next time you click Start, the My Documents folder is displayed on the Start menu.

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