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Changing My Documents & Shared Documents Defaults

Posted on 2010-08-22
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I am configuring a computer that requires that all users data and shared data to be stored to a non-system drive.  I know how to move user data once a profile is established, but I'd like to have the profile automatically be set up on the drive so I don't have to do it after.  What folders in the Registry do I make the changes to and what syntax?
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by:Dymer2
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Hi,
I have not tried this myself but try changing them in the registry at this location:
HKEY_USERS\.Default\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
I hope it works,
Good Luck.
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This is untested, but you could try editing the following registry value:

HKEY_USERS\.Default\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders\Personal

and set Personal to:

D:\Users\%userprofile%\My Documents

This should in theory (for all NEW users) redirect their My Documents folder to the D: volume in their own folder below "Users".
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There are other values in there as well that affect Music, Pictures, etc.  Those can also be redirected.
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Dymer2:
For Windows XP, it should be just "Shell Folders", not "User Shell Folders".
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I tried this and received an error that Windows could not create a temporary profile.  Is there a list of all the paths I need to update in the Registry to accomplish this?  This computer is being sent out to another location and I need to have the default profile automtically configured to the partioned drive.  I will not have control of this computer once it's set and I want to make sure all profiles automatically go to the partitioned drive.  I can't have any user performing edits in the Registry either.  
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