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I am currently working on relocate my C:\Users-Folder. I found some solutions on the internet, but none of them are working for me.

I already tried:

  • Log in with Administrator Account, move Folder and Symlink to other HDD
  • Edit HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList-Values
  • Audit-Mode with Sysprep.exe

I got issues like not working metro apps, not working store-purchases even not working desktop applications (Adobe Creative Suite, Steam,...)

It would be great if you have a solution, to move the C:\Users-Folder, wich is working well on Windows 8.

Thank you very much

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it can be done in audit mode during or after installation of… – Moab Sep 24 '12 at 21:59
@Moab: Should be an Answer. – surfasb Sep 24 '12 at 22:08
Thanks for the idea, but I already tried this, with audit mode. The problem is that you get a Profile named "Username.Computername" and Adobe Creative Suite doesn't support Accounts with "." – nor0x Sep 24 '12 at 22:11
You can fix that "." problem with MKLINK /J. It takes all of the time to type the command and hit Enter. – user3463 Sep 25 '12 at 2:15
Moving Users is not recommended by Microsoft and can cause issues with Updates – user13756 Apr 9 '14 at 6:07
up vote 5 down vote accepted

SOLVED! I just used mklink /J to link C:\Users to (in my case) E:\Users and it worked very well.

D:> mklink /J Users E:\Users
Junction created for Users <<===>> D:\Users

I just was a bit confused about the folders, because in Windows Explorer there are still at C:\ but when you install Programs or copy Files to the Directory the storage on (in my case) E:\Users will be used.

You can check the Junction-Point in CMD by typing "dir" in your Systemdrive, you will see the junction-point and the storage-path.

Thank you

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Did this work as the full solution, or did you have to use the Audit Mode or similar approach first and then do this to complete the transition? Also, did you have to copy existing folders over to the new location and if so, how did you do this? – Jeff Yates Feb 4 '13 at 19:27

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