How to redirect "Documents and Settings" folder?

By vashz ·
Is it possible to redirect "Documents and Settings" folder from drive C to Drive D? This will be very helpful setup because I dont need to backup files from user's profiles everytime their PC crash.. Can you you give me a step by step procedure on how to do this? And can I do this to those PCs without reinstalling the OS? Hope you can help me guys, thanks..

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by seanferd In reply to How to redirect "Document ...

HKLM \SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
You'll need to change the path, then move the folders.


Here, read these:
See under the "more information" section.


Hope this helps.

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Is it safe?

by vashz In reply to yes

Have you already tried doing this redirection? The first link seems to be what I need cause I want to redirect all profiles from Doc & Settings not just my user profile so is it safe?

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If you don't make errors in the registry, yes.

by seanferd In reply to Is it safe?

Just backup the reg keys you are changing. Save them on removable media in case you need to make a repair.

It is similar to what Windows does if you choose to have Documents & settings stored somewhere other than the default location at installation time.

Try it on a test machine / test account to make sure you are doing it right, and that you have the bases covered in your particular situation. (e.g., do any servers expect D&S to be in a particular location, for which you would need to change their path settings? do automated backup tasks need to be modified?)

I've done it only once, on one machine, the hard way - by figuring out which keys were the ones that needed to be changed.

Wait and see what others have to say about this - perhaps they know of other tips or pitfalls, depending on your operating environment.

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by vashz In reply to If you don't make errors ...

thanks for reply, I'll try it as soon as I have a service unit available to test the result, its just that we dont have available one for now cause they're all been deployed.. Anyway thanks for spending time on replying, GOD Bless..

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