how to change location of user folders in Windows 7

Dear Experts

I have Windows 7.

1)
how to change all home folders of a user to another location?
how to do it most efficienty?
Shall I do it manually folder by folder (desktop, contacts, coookies, downloads, my video etc.) or is there a quicker way to do it?
I found a registry key which seem to hold these data:
Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Sofware\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders

2) how to change default location of "users" directory so that whenever a new user is created, its directories are created eg. under Z:\usr and not on C:

thanks!
Jarek
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rindiCommented:
The easiest way is to change the following registry setting:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList, and then select the "ProfileDirectory" key and change it's value to the location you want your profiles to be, for example "D:\Users" instead of "%SystemDrive%\Users" (which usually adds up to "C:\Users").

This will only affect future user accounts you create, not those that exist already. But if you want to move existing accounts you can then use the easy transfer wizard which will export most current users settings to a file, and then you can delete the old account and create a new one, and after that import the file created using the wizard again.

The only issue I've had with the registry setting is that sometimes an occasional windows update fails to install. If that happens, just temporarily change the setting again to "C:\Users" while you run the update, and when finished change it back.
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