Sep 292008

Did you know you can move your Documents, Desktop, Favorites, Music, Videos, Downloads,Pictures, Contacts folders etc from the default location of c:\users\<username> to a different location in “Windows Vista”?

Yes, you can certainly move all these folders to a new location which could be a different folder on the same system or to a completely different partition or a different drive (recognised under windows). One of the biggest advantages is that when you need to reinstall or repair your windows or even want to format the Windows partition, it takes the hassle out of copying those hundreds and thousands of files in your profile onto a different location or even to an external disk. Also, can allow you to allow live on its own partition and keep your personal critical files else where safe and secure by protecting with encryption techniques. This will allow the root disk or your Windows System disk operate on its own without the performance affected because of a full disk encryption.

Lets take a look at moving Documents folder to a new location in WIndows Vista. This should work just fine for you other folders like Desktop, Favorites, music, videos,pictures etc.

Open your profile folder under


Here you should find all you folders. Right-click “Documents” and select “Properties”.

Click Location tab and click “Move” button. Select the folder (Here, I’m moving it to a new partition) and click “Apply”
Move folders to a new location

Accept to copy all files
Windows will prompt you to move all the files to the new location as otherwise there will be 2 entries for “Documents” folder under your profile. Select “Yes” and this should copy all the files from the existing location to the new one.

Thats it! Job done…

Do the same for the other folders under your profile.

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