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I followed several options posted here, and most of them suggest to re-install windows... I am running a windows 2008 server, with Users folder on C, and I am looking for move it to a D drive....
Plase any help on this?
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Have you checked out http://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/en-US/itprovistasetup/thread/91aa8b26-2b09-4e56-955c-679b297832e1/ for possible options.  I have successfully used the method via the registry, indicated as method 2, for Windows 2008 and Vista:

Method 2: Using Registry Editor

To accomplish this using Registry editor, follow these steps:

· Create the destination folder first
· Click Start, Run and type Regedit.exe

·For per-user special folders, navigate to the following location:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ User Shell Folders

· For per-system special folders, navigate to the following location:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ User Shell Folders

· Double-click the corresponding shell folder name
· Change the Value data accordingly, mentioning the destination path
· Close Regedit.exe
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IS this something that I will need to do one by one?? per user, and per system folders????
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I normally set both the HKLM and HKCU (I use a login script such as Kixtart @ www.kixtart.org, which is free) to automate the process for user machines.  But there was also mention about moving C:\Users in the article, which I haven't done personally.
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I can do it manually, my concerned is about if this is just for one user, or is this will be enough for all the users....
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The HKCU machine is per user.  HKLM is for all users on that machine.  I have always set both up.  You can create a .reg file that would set both.  In other words, go into Regedit, set the desired values under HKLM and HKCU.  Then export both keys to a .reg file (which you can edit with notepad and consolidate into a single file).  Then double click on the .reg file for each user to update to the settings.
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Aeriden,
What in those HKCU and HKLM i need to change in order to make this posible....I changed it in all of them, and now a TEMP folder was created when login, and in the second attemp I am not able to login any more...
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Guys,
Any other suggestion...about how to move users folder on windows 2008 from system drive to another drive?
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I got something, but this is for windows vista....can I apply this one also in windows 2008?
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Guys,
I am still looking for any other option, trying to get the unattend file is dirving me crazy, I am trying to run WAIK, but still not working....
I have been googling but almost 98% talk for windows vista or windows 7 ....Please any good website?
Thank you
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Got it Guys!!!
thanks everybody.
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