Deep Freeze and Application Data Folder

Posted on 2005-04-13
Last Modified: 2008-01-16
Here's my problem:
I have setup Deep Freeze to freeze the C: drive and have created a large "thawed" partition on the T: drive. This is working great except for some programs (Mavis Beacon Typing to be specific) will only save in the C:\Documents and Settings\...\Application Data\... etc. I have had no luck trying to hunt down a setting in Mavis Beacon to change the default save location (if you know a way please inform). So instead is it possible to move the Application Data folder (or the entire user profile) to the T:\ drive. These are public computers too, so if I can move the profile to the thawed drive will this open up the computer to viruses/spyware/etc.

Any ideas/suggestions?
Question by:marko420
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    Accepted Solution


    Yes, it's possible to move the Application Data Folder.
    It requires going into the "Registry"
    Remember, before you make any changes - back up!
    Here are the keys:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
    HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
    HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-(various numbers)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-(various numbers)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

    In the right-hand pane of "Regedit" you'll see entries "AppData", "Local AppData", "Common AppData", etc. -
    These are the entries to modify.
    I've used this method of modifying the registry to move my Favorites folder, with no problems.
    However, even though it should work for the Application Data folder;
    as I have never done it - Proceed  AT Your Own Risk!!   :)
    All you would do is create a folder T:\Application Data, or whatever -
    then change the path that it points to in the Registry - right click on the entry in the right-hand pane
    of Regedit and choose "Modify".
    My Favorites folder is at H:\Favorites - that's the path in the registry entries - nothing more.
    Remember - BACK UP!  :)

    Good luck!


    Author Comment

    That did it! Thanks
    LVL 12

    Expert Comment

    Glad it worked!
    I thought it would (just not 100% sure!)  :)
    Thanks and good luck!

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