Relocating shell special folders

Does "location" in "properties" of a shell special folder work differently in Win 7 and Win 8.1?

In Win 7, it actually moves the folder to its new location and there's nothing left in the original parent folder.

In W8, it seems to retain some kind of "connection" between the original folder name and the new location.
eschampAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
What folder are you trying to move?  Some "folders" are just symbolic links, so the "folder" does not move. That is what you are seeing.
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eschampAuthor Commented:
Documents, Pictures, Music, etc.

I'm using "locate" in "Properties" for those folders.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If the folder has Properties, you should be able to cut/paste or copy/paste the folder. If the folder has no Properties (symbolic links do not) then you cannot relocate these (but you can relocate true folders inside).

Windows 7 and Windows 8 are roughly the same. Symbolic links to folders appeared in Windows 7 (maybe in Vista but think it was Windows 7).
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eschampAuthor Commented:
Open Win Explorer
Right-click on Desktop
Click Properties, then Location.

Back out.

Open C: and right-click Program Files, then Properties, then Location. Oops. No Location tab.

Significance?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I am not really sure what you are trying to do. Program Files is a regular folder of files (system files albeit) . It does not work like Libraries.

Stuff in your User folder is different than Root C: folders. They do not all work the same way.
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eschampAuthor Commented:
See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_folder No mention of Libraries.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Libraries are just collections of folders and have been around since Windows 7 was introduced. WiKi is apparently behind on that one.

I do NOT attempt to move Special Folders (normally symbolic links). They are where they are and I use them where they are. Upgrading to Windows 8 (and soon Windows 10) is a non-issue from that perspective.

Normally, folders inside symbolic links are real and can be relocate but I do not. I set up alternative folders to suit me.

Certainly Program Files, ProgramData, Windows and such folders are NOT special shell folders and work like regular folders EXCEPT that they are system folders and have special permission properties.
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eschampAuthor Commented:
I was thinking that if I installed a 120GB SSD as my boot drive, I would have to move most of my data off C: to another drive, and the way to do that was to "locate" Documents, Pictures, etc to that other hard drive. What do you think?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I would copy the data (regular folders) into the "folders" (links) in the SSD drive. Moving parent libraries may cause permission issues, so use care. Test a move first.
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eschampAuthor Commented:
Not getting your meaning.

Data are in the special folders on C under \users\eschamp\

Apparently, I can "locate" -- not move or copy -- the special folders to the other drive and still maintain "path integrity" w.r.t. Win Explorer goes.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I like to keep the data with the special folder because I have a large hard drive.

Yes, I think you can do what you want to keep the data on the other drive but I do not do this.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Here is the Microsoft Support article to do what you want

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows/redirect-folder-new-location#1TC=windows-7
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eschampAuthor Commented:
Thanks.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@eschamp  - You are very welcome and good luck with this project. It will save you space on your SSD.
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