Moving user's profile folder?

Acer / 5535-6631
February 13, 2009 at 21:03:38
Specs: Vista SP1 Home Prem., Athlon 64 X2 QL-62, 3 GB DDR2
Hello,

I would like to move one particular user's profile folder (i.e., C:\Users\[name]) to another location. I am aware you can move the data folders (Documents, etc.) quite easily, but I am interested in moving the entire profile folder --- including AppData, etc. I do not need to move the entire C:\Users\ directory, however.

Is this possible?

I am aware that some applications may hard-code the path to the profile in the registry. I am willing to do a general search-and-replace. This issue aside, is it possible to make Windows "aware" of a profile folder in a different position? If so, what kind of difficulties could I encounter in attempting it?

Thank you,

--Laogeodritt


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#1
February 14, 2009 at 12:37:06
The short answer is no, it's a systems folder.
If your objective is to have have those subfolders in one folder \name\??? in another location you can do that by making the folder in the desired location.
Then move the folders into it.

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#2
February 14, 2009 at 13:48:32
Thank you for your reply.

Like I mentioned, I'm aware you can move Documents, Music, etc. (through Properties > Location tab or simply by drag-and-dropping the folder), but my prior research seems to indicate this isn't possible for the AppData folder in this same manner. I would prefer keeping application data and configuration files stored here on a separate drive as with my data.

--Laogeodritt


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#3
February 16, 2009 at 05:04:42
Try this, it looks very complicated though.

http://joshmouch.wordpress.com/2007...


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#4
February 17, 2009 at 18:56:59
Ahh... I went through that when I moved Program Files on my old XP computer too. =\

I suppose if it did work for somebody, then... Thank you very much, Klint.

--Laogeodritt


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