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    Move 'Documents and Settings'-folder (2600)

    Everybody always says that it is better to have your documents and personal data on another drive. I agree with that and I try to do it always. I know that it is easy to move the "My Documents" folder to another drive.
    As far as I know puts WindowsXP everything concerning one user under "Documents and SettingsUsername". This Documents and Settings"-folder is always located on the C: drive.

    Is their a (easy) way to say to Windows that he has to put everything on another drive (ex: documents and Settings).

    I found some keys in the registry about this but it seems that you have to change this user by user and I noticed to that this "Documents and Settings"-folder is a system-folder that you can't move as you wish.

    Some help would be very appreciated.

    Thanks,

    FilMar

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    Re: Move 'Documents and Settings'-folder (2600)

    This is from HELP in XP Pro. I searched "documents and settings." There is also a description of how to do it upon INITIAL install which would seem safer to me, but.....

    To specify a different folder for the entire "Documents and Settings" folder, including key system components, follow these steps:
    Log on to the computer as an administrator.
    Create a new folder.
    Open the current "Documents and Settings" folder.
    On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab.
    Under Advanced settings click Show hidden files and folders, and then click to clear the Hide file extensions for known file types and Hide protected operating system files check boxes.
    Click OK.
    Click and drag to copy all the folders to the new folder, except for the currently logged on users folder.
    In Control Panel, double-click System, and then click the User Profiles tab.
    Copy the current user's profile to the new folder.
    Click OK, close Control Panel, and then log off and log on to the computer as an administrator again.
    In Registry Editor, click Find on the Edit menu.
    Type documents and settings, and then click Find.
    Replace the value data or rename the value or registry key to the new path for each and every registry key and value that contains the original path.NOTE: You must complete this change for every instance in the registry or your computer may not start. It is imperative that you update all registry keys and values with the new path.
    Restart the computer.
    You can now safely remove the original "Documents and Settings" folder.


    Frankly, I'd be too nervous to try this and would rather try the clean install option.....

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    Re: Move 'Documents and Settings'-folder (2600)

    Thanks, thats a quick answer.
    I must have overlooked that :-( Sometimes the answers are so nearby that we don't think about that, I looked everywhere, but possibly not at the help-file for WinXP itself
    I'll try this out one of these days.

    FilMar

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    Re: Move 'Documents and Settings'-folder (2600)

    Even though I would be too nervous to try it, I did do a registry search for the number of occurences of the default string. I stopped when the count exceeded 50! That's a LOT of work.

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    Re: Move 'Documents and Settings'-folder (2600)

    Check out TweakUI and click the "My Computer" and then "Specal Folders" and see what it will move for you. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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