change location of documents & settings

  reddwarfcrew 11:09 06 Nov 2005


I have 3 accounts on XP SP2 and want to change the default location of the documents & settings folders.

I've used Tweak XP UI to change the My Docs, My Music etc fro all 3 accounts to the F drive, but can't move the shared docs (or the rest of the documents & settings folder.

Is this possible? If so can anyone point me in th right direction.


  SANTOS7 11:30 06 Nov 2005

Per Microsoft:
NOTE: This method relocates key Windows components. Use this method only if you require the "Documents and Settings" folder to be moved or renamed and you cannot use the Unattend.txt file to change the name during installation.

To specify a different folder for the entire "Documents and Settings" folder, including key system components, follow these steps: 1. Log on to the computer as an administrator.
2. Create a new folder.
3. Open the current "Documents and Settings" folder.
4. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab.
5. Under Advanced settings click Show hidden files and folders, and then click to clear the Hide file extensions for known file types and Hide protected operating system files check boxes.
6. Click OK.
7. Click and drag to copy all the folders to the new folder, except for the currently logged on users folder.
8. In Control Panel, double-click System, and then click the User Profiles tab.
9. Copy the current user's profile to the new folder.
10. Click OK, close Control Panel, and then log off and log on to the computer as an administrator again.
11. In Registry Editor, click Find on the Edit menu.
12. Type documents and settings, and then click Find.
13. Replace the value data or rename the value or registry key to the new path for each and every registry key and value that contains the original path.NOTE: You must complete this change for every instance in the registry or your computer may not start. It is imperative that you update all registry keys and values with the new path.

14. Restart the computer.
15. You can now safely remove the original "Documents and Settings" folder.
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  Coff 11:41 06 Nov 2005
  reddwarfcrew 11:53 06 Nov 2005

Coff, that's done the job.

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