Redirect User Folders in Vista

Posted: 10-25-2008, 08:38 AM
G'Day All,

I will be installing Vista HP on a new PC next week.

During installation, I will create the Administrator account as required (can't
really do much else!).

Next, I would like to redirect ALL user data folders/files (Documents, Pictures
....) to drive D:.

I believe I need to alter the profiles for the Default User, and of course the
new Administrator a/c.

I do not have the faintest idea how this may be done - could someone please
advise?
--
Regards,
Pat Garard
Melbourne, Australia
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Redirect User Folders in Vista


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Brink
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Re: Redirect User Folders in Vista
Posted: 10-25-2008, 10:25 AM

Hello Pat

This tutorial will help show you how to redirect the user folders. I
is not recommended that you try to redirect the main (user name) folde
though. It can cause to many problems if you do

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/10...e-location.htm

Hope this helps
Shaw

Pat Garard;870244 Wrote:
> G'Day All
>
> I will be installing Vista HP on a new PC next week
>
> During installation, I will create the Administrator account a
> required (can'
> really do much else!)
>
> Next, I would like to redirect ALL user data folders/files (Documents
> Picture
> ....) to drive D:
>
> I believe I need to alter the profiles for the Default User, and o
> course th
> new Administrator a/c
>
> I do not have the faintest idea how this may be done - could someon
> pleas
> advise
> -
> Regards
> Pat Garar
> Melbourne, Australi
> ______________________
--
Brin

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them.*
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Pat Garard
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Re: Redirect User Folders in Vista
Posted: 10-25-2008, 09:52 PM
Hi again Shawn,
> is not recommended that you try to redirect the main (user name) folder
Please clarify - the usual day-to-day User (lots of files/docs), or the
principal Administrative a/c created during installation?

Thanks for your response,

Pat

"Brink" <guest@unknown-email.com> wrote in message
news:8ada6e30551a251f8f4498e51f2b6deb@nntp-gateway.com...
>
> Hello Pat,
>
> This tutorial will help show you how to redirect the user folders. It
> is not recommended that you try to redirect the main (user name) folder
> though. It can cause to many problems if you do.
>
> http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/10...-location.html
>
> Hope this helps,
> Shawn
>
> Pat Garard;870244 Wrote:
>> G'Day All,
>>
>> I will be installing Vista HP on a new PC next week.
>>
>> During installation, I will create the Administrator account as
>> required (can't
>> really do much else!).
>>
>> Next, I would like to redirect ALL user data folders/files (Documents,
>> Pictures
>> ....) to drive D:.
>>
>> I believe I need to alter the profiles for the Default User, and of
>> course the
>> new Administrator a/c.
>>
>> I do not have the faintest idea how this may be done - could someone
>> please
>> advise?
>> --
>> Regards,
>> Pat Garard
>> Melbourne, Australia
>> _______________________
>
>
> --
> Brink
>
> *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not ask
> them.*
> '*Windows 7 Forums*'
> (http://www.sevenforums.com/) *and* '*::Vista Forums::*'
> (http://www.vistax64.com)
> *Please post feedback to help others.*
--
Regards,
Pat Garard
Melbourne, Australia
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Brink
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Re: Redirect User Folders in Vista
Posted: 10-25-2008, 10:22 PM

Pat

It would just be the main "C:\Users\(user name)" folder

Pat Garard;870672 Wrote:
> Hi again Shawn
> > > >
> > > is not recommended that you try to redirect the main (user name
> > folder > >
>
> Please clarify - the usual day-to-day User (lots of files/docs), o
> th
> principal Administrative a/c created during installation
>
> Thanks for your response
>
> Pa
>

--
Brin

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Pat Garard
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Re: Redirect User Folders in Vista
Posted: 10-25-2008, 11:09 PM
Ok Shawn - since I have not yet seen Vista, I was applying 'main' to the 'User
Name'.

You mean the root folder (to the folders that I want to redirect) should not
itself be redirected - right?

Cheers,

Pat

"Brink" <guest@unknown-email.com> wrote in message
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>
> Pat,
>
> It would just be the main "C:\Users\(user name)" folder.
>
>
> Pat Garard;870672 Wrote:
>> Hi again Shawn,
>> > > >
>> > > is not recommended that you try to redirect the main (user name)
>> > folder > >
>>
>> Please clarify - the usual day-to-day User (lots of files/docs), or
>> the
>> principal Administrative a/c created during installation?
>>
>> Thanks for your response,
>>
>> Pat
>>
>>
>
>
> --
> Brink
>
> *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not ask
> them.*
> '*Windows 7 Forums*'
> (http://www.sevenforums.com/) *and* '*::Vista Forums::*'
> (http://www.vistax64.com)
> *Please post feedback to help others.*
--
Regards,
Pat Garard
Melbourne, Australia
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Richie Hardwick
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Re: Redirect User Folders in Vista
Posted: 10-26-2008, 12:01 AM
"Pat Garard" <apgarard-bigpond:net:au> wrote:
>Ok Shawn - since I have not yet seen Vista, I was applying 'main' to the 'User
>Name'.
>
>You mean the root folder (to the folders that I want to redirect) should not
>itself be redirected - right?
I think he means the user folder with YOUR name on it... i.e., the
"main" user folder under c:\Users\.

Richie Hardwick
Brink
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Re: Redirect User Folders in Vista
Posted: 10-26-2008, 03:00 AM

Correct Pat. It is the main root folder with your user name on it a
Richie posted

Shaw

Pat Garard;870729 Wrote:
> Ok Shawn - since I have not yet seen Vista, I was applying 'main' to th
> 'Use
> Name'
>
> You mean the root folder (to the folders that I want to redirect
> should no
> itself be redirected - right
>
> Cheers
>
> Pa
>
> "Brink" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in messag
> news:2ae03a6556448ce585fde9cddfcb829a@xxxxxx-gateway.com...> > >
> >
> > > Pat
> >
> > > It would just be the main "C:\Users\(user name)" folder
> >
> >
> > > Pat Garard;870672 Wrote:> > > > >
> > > >> Hi again Shawn
> > > >
> > > >> Please clarify - the usual day-to-day User (lots of files/docs), o
> > > >> th
> > > >> principal Administrative a/c created during installation
> > > >
> > > >> Thanks for your response
> > > >
> > > >> Pa
> > > >
> > > >>> > > >
> >
> >
> > > -
> > > Brin
> >
> > > *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not as
> > > them.
> > > '*Windows 7 Forums*
> > > ('Windows 7 Forums' (http://www.sevenforums.com/)) *and
> > '*::Vista Forums::*
> > > (http://www.vistax64.com
> > > *Please post feedback to help others.* > >
>
> -
> Regards
> Pat Garar
> Melbourne, Australi
> ______________________
--
Brin

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them.*
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Re: Redirect User Folders in Vista - THANK YOU!
Posted: 10-26-2008, 07:03 AM
Shawn & Richie - many thanks!

Pat

"Pat Garard" <apgarard-bigpond:net:au> wrote in message
news:OuEbAbvNJHA.4760@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
> Ok Shawn - since I have not yet seen Vista, I was applying 'main' to the 'User
> Name'.
>
> You mean the root folder (to the folders that I want to redirect) should not
> itself be redirected - right?
>
> Cheers,
>
> Pat
>
> "Brink" <guest@unknown-email.com> wrote in message
> news:2ae03a6556448ce585fde9cddfcb829a@nntp-gateway.com...
>>
>> Pat,
>>
>> It would just be the main "C:\Users\(user name)" folder.
>>
>>
>> Pat Garard;870672 Wrote:
>>> Hi again Shawn,
>>> > > >
>>> > > is not recommended that you try to redirect the main (user name)
>>> > folder > >
>>>
>>> Please clarify - the usual day-to-day User (lots of files/docs), or
>>> the
>>> principal Administrative a/c created during installation?
>>>
>>> Thanks for your response,
>>>
>>> Pat
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>> --
>> Brink
>>
>> *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not ask
>> them.*
>> '*Windows 7 Forums*'
>> (http://www.sevenforums.com/) *and* '*::Vista Forums::*'
>> (http://www.vistax64.com)
>> *Please post feedback to help others.*
>
> --
> Regards,
> Pat Garard
> Melbourne, Australia
> _______________________
>
>
>
--
Regards,
Pat Garard
Melbourne, Australia
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Brink
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Re: Redirect User Folders in Vista
Posted: 10-26-2008, 07:21 AM

You're welcome Pat.

Shawn

Pat Garard;870916 Wrote:
> Shawn & Richie - many thanks!
>
> Pat
>
> "Pat Garard" <apgarard-bigpond:net:au> wrote in message
> news:OuEbAbvNJHA.4760@xxxxxx> > >
> > > Ok Shawn - since I have not yet seen Vista, I was applying 'main' to
> > the 'User
> > > Name'.
> > >
> > > You mean the root folder (to the folders that I want to redirect)
> > should not
> > > itself be redirected - right?
> > >
> > > Cheers,
> > >
> > > Pat
> > >
> > > "Brink" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
> > >
> > news:2ae03a6556448ce585fde9cddfcb829a@xxxxxx-gateway.com...> > > > >
> > > >>
> > > >> Pat,
> > > >>
> > > >> It would just be the main "C:\Users\(user name)" folder.
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> Pat Garard;870672 Wrote:
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> --
> > > >> Brink
> > > >>
> > > >> *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not ask
> > > >> them.*
> > > >> '*Windows 7 Forums*'
> > > >> ('Windows 7 Forums' (http://www.sevenforums.com/)) *and* '*::Vista
> > > Forums::*'
> > > >> (http://www.vistax64.com)
> > > >> *Please post feedback to help others.*> > > >
> > >
> > > --
> > > Regards,
> > > Pat Garard
> > > Melbourne, Australia
> > > _______________________
> > >
> > >
> > > > >
>
> --
> Regards,
> Pat Garard
> Melbourne, Australia
> _______________________

--
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Re: Redirect User Folders in Vista
Posted: 10-28-2008, 02:44 AM
The messages provided (including the tutorial) I don't believe answer the
questions properly. My understanding is that Pat is asking how to create
usernames which are not on the C: drive at all. The answers provided showed
how to move some of the directories off of the C:\users\<username> hierarchy
either in part or by use of shortcuts. These techniques still require the
system to "think" that home base is back on C:\users. I went through this
myself successfully (including messing it up sufficient to reload from
media).

The solution:
- Create a new "disposable" Administrator account.
- Login to it, go to registry editor (regedit or regedt32), drill down to
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
- Edit the ProfilesDirectory key, changing its value from "C:\Users" to
"D:\" (note that there is no trailing "\" on the old value, there is on the
new one)
- Create all the new usernames you wish. When you login to each of them the
first time, their entire directory structure will be created under D:\
There will be no trace of C:\Users references for that username (except for
shared data) and you won't need to redirect anything from C:\Users.

Optional:
- Create a new Administrator account.
- Logout of the "disposable" account, login to the new account and delete
the "disposable" one and all of its files.

Note that this does not completely remove the need for the C:\Users
directory structure. The default user wants to live there and shared files
want to live there as well.

DANGER:
Also note that the above only affects new accounts created after the
registry change. If you attempt to "fix up" an existing username by moving
files and changing pointers in the registry, you stand a considerable chance
of messing up the username and getting the dreaded message "The User Profile
Service service failed the logon. User Profile cannot be loaded". Game
over for that username (as far as I have been able to determine).


"Pat Garard" <apgarard-bigpond:net:au> wrote in message
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> G'Day All,
>
> I will be installing Vista HP on a new PC next week.
>
> During installation, I will create the Administrator account as required
> (can't really do much else!).
>
> Next, I would like to redirect ALL user data folders/files (Documents,
> Pictures ...) to drive D:.
>
> I believe I need to alter the profiles for the Default User, and of course
> the new Administrator a/c.
>
> I do not have the faintest idea how this may be done - could someone
> please advise?
> --
> Regards,
> Pat Garard
> Melbourne, Australia
> _______________________
 
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