Win7: how do I move user folder to a different drive

 (with all its registry tentacles taken care of)

Related to this question but somewhat different (using Win7 RC)
I would like to move the user folders for all family members to E:\
What is the best way?
When I cut and paste, I am warned about a bunch of system folders. Also, I don't see the LOCATION tab when I click properties.

 
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Last updated August 14, 2018 Views 563,923 Applies to:
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This is not something I recommend, since it can cause adverse effects on the systems stability:

http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/95/1/How-to-move-the-special-folders-in-Windows-Vista.html


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I suspect your question is really "How to I move the My Documents, My Pictures, etc. folders for family members to E:\?"

In Win7, as very different from Vista, the "Documents" virtual folder is not a conventional directory. If you open it, however, you can right-click on the "My Documents" real folder and its properties do have the "Location" tab, just as with Vista. The return to "My Documents" a la XP threw me, too, when I first saw it.

The same trick works for "My Pictures" and so on. Note that the Libraries functionality in Win7 is potentially a great tool, but it also opens the door to complete mayhem if you have several family members on the same system: document, picture, etc., folders can be physically anywhere while still appearing under the relevant Library tab in 7. If undisciplined users realize the possibilities, you could experience unexpected "drive full" issues where you least expect them. Best to have a quiet talk with said family about where to create their folders.

Alan

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