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Change default "My Documents" location

By rindi1 ·

I've got this problem with windows all windows versions. When I create a new User either on a local Workstation or on a Windows Server, Windows creates the default "My Documents" Folder for that user on the System Drive. For me, the System Drive is a place where the OS resides, and as little else as possible. This folder should not be changed too much. It is OK if the Users Settings are stored there, but all other User Data can be changed and deleted by the user, and should therefore be on a separate, "Data" Partition which gets backed up separately.

Once the user has been created and logged in, I can move the location of the "My Documents" Folder, either by editing the registry for that user or logging in as that user myself, then change the location. This is time consuming and is also prone to errors (Ican forget to change certain settings, Typos can happen, etc).

Is there a way I can automate this? I've tried changing settings in the registry, but no luck there. I've searched the Group Policy, but can't find anything there which would help. Does anyone know how I can get Windows to create User's Folders at the correct place, without me having to open every user by hand? I'm sure other people need this as well.

Thanks for all help,


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by Valley Boy In reply to Change default "My Docume ...

Okay, your using a form of Windows 2000 Server. Open 'Active Directory Users and Computers'. Right click on your domain's name (i.e. MyCo.local) and select Properties. Now click the Group Policy tab, then Edit the Default Domain Policy (or whichever policy you are employing). Browse to: User Configuration\Windows Settings\Folder Redirection. Inside the Properties of My Documents, you can alter the target folder. Phew....

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I'm looking for a way to do that generaly. Some PCs are standalone and not connected to AD, others are on the network.

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