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    Relocate Windows 10 Public\Documents folder.

    I have scoured the Internet for a solution and no one has an answer that works, including Microsoft Forum support. So here it is.

    I want to move the Public\Documents folder.

    As an admin, when I do the classic right click Properties on the folder, and choose the Location tab, the text box is read only and there is no Move button.

    Users can move their folders. No one can move Public\Documents. I've tried a hundred [sic] things from the Web, but nothing works. Windows Explorer as admin, taking ownership of the folders, etc. None of the registry tweaks for Win7 and Win8 work because my registry keys don't match.

    This can't be that difficult.

    Help!

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    In Windows 7 I was able to move public folders when I booted into Safe mode. Worth a try in Windows 10.

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    I believe you can do it using the built in administrators account.

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    Same problem in Windows 10 and I've not found the answer.

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    What have you tried?

    cheers, Paul

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    The answer is to reboot in Safe Mode, move the directories using the Properties/Location method, then reboot in normal mode. When you are logged in in Safe Mode, the account should be an administrator account.

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    Does is work well after that? How about if you create a new user account? Does everything still know where to go?

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    It works just fine. I related each user's Docs, Pics, Music to the other drives logged in as each user. I relocated the Public ones as described above. Works perfectly.

    If you create a new user account, that user's directories will need to be relocated once the user logs in. There is no automatic relocation in the scenario. My guess is that if you wanted auto-relocation on account creation, you'd need to muck with registry settings or create a group policy as if you were a company. Not worth it for me - just me and wife and I'm done.

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    I was just speculating/wondering how the OS would handle putting in the public folder links for a new user account. Sometimes when certain system folders are out of place the OS will just create a new set where it thinks they are supposed to be.

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