Moving users "Documents" folders to a different drive

Posted: 01-20-2009, 12:52 PM

Dear Al

Under WinXP I was able to relocate, one-at-a-time, all users M
Documents folders to a different drive and rename each My Document
folder so that I could have all users My Documents folders co-existin
on a single drive

I've tried to do the same thing under Vista and, though successful fo
the first user, I have come a bit unstuck with subsequent users becaus
though renaming the My Documents folder to "<User's> Documents" Vist
still sees it as "Documents" so gets all confused with seeing tw
folders of the same name on the drive and tries to merge the contents

Is there a solution

Thanks

J

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JTHM

Moving users "Documents" folders to a different drive


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Mark H
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Re: Moving users "Documents" folders to a different drive
Posted: 01-20-2009, 02:54 PM
There is an additional problem in Vista with moving the Documents folder:

Many applications are still written for XP (and before) using "My Documents"
as the installation path for certain files. Vista attempts to correct this
by redirecting to the "Documents" folder. If that folder has been moved, a
shortcut exists in the folder instead and the installation is unable to
create the subdirectory it wants to create. The installtion then attempts to
create the folder "Documents", but Vista refuses to allow more than one
"Documents" folder. (It equates the shortcut equal to the folder for this
function.) This continues until it gives up and produces Error 1720.

While this is technically not a problem with Vista, it may make installation
of various applications difficult. (Especially when multiple users are
involved and the Documents folder has been moved.)

"JTHM" <guest@unknown-email.com> wrote in message
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>
> Dear All
>
> Under WinXP I was able to relocate, one-at-a-time, all users My
> Documents folders to a different drive and rename each My Documents
> folder so that I could have all users My Documents folders co-existing
> on a single drive.
>
> I've tried to do the same thing under Vista and, though successful for
> the first user, I have come a bit unstuck with subsequent users because
> though renaming the My Documents folder to "<User's> Documents" Vista
> still sees it as "Documents" so gets all confused with seeing two
> folders of the same name on the drive and tries to merge the contents!
>
> Is there a solution?
>
> Thanks!
>
> JT
>
>
> --
> JTHM

JTHM
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Re: Moving users "Documents" folders to a different drive
Posted: 01-21-2009, 12:53 PM

Mark H;945063 Wrote:
> There is an additional problem in Vista with moving the Document
> folder
>
> Many applications are still written for XP (and before) using "M
> Documents
> as the installation path for certain files. Vista attempts to correc
> thi
> by redirecting to the "Documents" folder. If that folder has bee
> moved,
> shortcut exists in the folder instead and the installation is unable t
> create the subdirectory it wants to create. The installtion the
> attempts t
> create the folder "Documents", but Vista refuses to allow more than on
> "Documents" folder. (It equates the shortcut equal to the folder fo
> thi
> function.) This continues until it gives up and produces Error 1720
>
> While this is technically not a problem with Vista, it may mak
> installatio
> of various applications difficult. (Especially when multiple users ar
> involved and the Documents folder has been moved.
>
> "JTHM" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in messag
> news:09e3407e9e570dff3047469415492cdd@xxxxxx-gateway.com...> > >
> >
> > > Dear Al
> >
> > > Under WinXP I was able to relocate, one-at-a-time, all users M
> > > Documents folders to a different drive and rename each My Document
> > > folder so that I could have all users My Documents folder
> > co-existin
> > > on a single drive
> >
> > > I've tried to do the same thing under Vista and, though successfu
> > fo
> > > the first user, I have come a bit unstuck with subsequent user
> > becaus
> > > though renaming the My Documents folder to "<User's> Documents" Vist
> > > still sees it as "Documents" so gets all confused with seeing tw
> > > folders of the same name on the drive and tries to merge th
> > contents
> >
> > > Is there a solution
> >
> > > Thanks
> >
> > > J
> >
> >
> > > -
> > > JTHM > >
Assuming that the same applies for My Movies, My Videos, My Pictures
etc. that means that for me to only have one folder for Documents my C
partition has to be HUGE, and I can't simply do a FORMAT C: to commenc
a clean reinstall

From my perspective it probably would have been a "feature" bes
avoided. :rolleyes

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JTHM
 
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