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IE8 cannot download anything after moving user profiles

I have installed an SSD, moved all user profiles to one of my SATAII drives with oodles of storage and everything seems to be working OK except for two things.

1.  IE8 cannot download anything (doesn't matter where from) - it comes up with an error saying (for example) "unable to download SteamInstall.msi from cdn.steampowered.com. Unable to open this internet site. The requested site is either unavailable or cannot be found.  Please try again later."

2.  Windows Live Messenger keeps creating files in "C:\Users\Reece\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Messenger".  The entire Users folder on C: was deleted because everything is now on Y:.  This seems to be the only program doing this, so far.

Anyone got ideas on how to fix both?
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This may require some :effort:

It seems that Microsoft really likes the C drive.

http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/95/1/How-to-move-the-special-folders-in-Windows-Vista.htm
http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7files/thread/565f16a5-e5ed-43c9-8422-4f56aebb296e

This reminds me of the Win9x days, when certant programs were hardcoded to only run in the \Progra~1\ directory, which (if you did a clean install and didn't screw with anything) was the "\Program Files\" directory.

It must have been like shell shock for programmers to get used to LFN.
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For #2, use regedit to search the registry for keys containing "Local\MicrosoftMessenger".

If you find the right key (use common sense - if you're not sure, don't touch it) change the registry entry to point to the new folder on Y and you're good to go.

Someone may know a better, safer way (non-regedit) but in the meantime this might get the job done.
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What happens if you create a virgin account, located on the new drive. Do you experience the same problem?
- no.  It downloads fine.  Just tested this now.
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out of curiosity... i just did an uninstall, restart, install, restart of IE8.
No banana.
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i'm assuming that because downloading works fine with virgin account, that it can be fixed with my existing account.

#2 issue is definately resolved as per my post at the top.
reecem27, I agree with the logic about the virgin account. I just don't have the answer for you, yet.

Perhaps another expert can step in, before I can find the solution for you.
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Self resolved.  Links provided.
Points awarded to Sommerblink for suggesting a virgin account to help fault find.