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Current, the home of current user is:

C:\Documents and Settings\freewind

It contains many other directories, e.g. My Documents, Desktop

Now I want to move the whole directory to another place, for example:


Then if I want to run this Java code:


It will print D:\freewind.

Is it possible?

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Here's a fairly long description, might be helpful. But it depends on what you really need. Java only reads the %USERPROFILE% environmental variable. – slhck Sep 6 '11 at 20:36
@slhck, it's long, but it's I expected :) Please copy your comment as an answer, so I can accept it. – Freewind Sep 6 '11 at 20:57
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Java uses the %USERPROFILE% environmental variable, but if you want to move the home directory to some other folder or other drive, this is a bit tricky.

Here is a very well explained blog post about how to move the Windows User Profile to another directory, written by Keith Survell.

The idea is to use NTFS junction points. Here are the basic steps:

  • Make a thorough backup
  • Create a second user account and log into this one
  • Move the complete user's directory contents to the new folder, e.g. from C:\Users\JohnDoe to C:\JohnDoe. This can be done by just drag/dropping in Windows Explorer.
  • Rename the old User directory to something else (e.g. JohnDoe.old)
  • Open the command prompt and enter

    mklink /J C:\Users\JohnDoe C:\JohnDoe
  • Log out of the temporary user profile

Keith appears to like Super User. I couldn't find you though. If you're reading this, please feel free to expand or comment!

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I'm not hard to find ;-) I'm glad people still find that article helpful! – Keithius Mar 26 '12 at 12:10

If you run lusrmgr.msc, you can change the user profile location. Select a user in Users, right click and click "Properties". Then go to "Profile" tab. By default, the "Home folder" has an empty Local path (which is really C:\Documents and Settings\username). Just put the new path in it.

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I have tried of this, but it doesn't work. After rebooting, all my programs will still treat "C:\Documents and Settings\freewind" as the user home. – Freewind Sep 7 '11 at 5:55

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