I'm trying to fix my profile on Windows 7. Currently
According to our sysadmins, My Documents is supposed to point to the profile server, but other folders should be local.
How can I fix this so I have ONE copy of everything, with My Documents pointing to \\profileServer\profiles$\myUsername\Documents and everything else local?
To be honest, I don't understand why this is so difficult and confusing. For example, why does Windows allow displaying two folders with the same name in the same directory?
And why does inputting C:\Users\myUsername and %USERPROFILE% into Windows Explorer produce two different results? They should be identical.
My directory on the profileServer
My local user directory, C:\Users\myUsername
Navigating to %USERPROFILE% in Windows Explorer
Showing that %USERPROFILE% is set to a local directory
I hope I have your answer! I believe I reproduced this by copying the desktop.ini (hidden) file from the real my documents folder to any other named folder. This forces the look and feel of that folder to be My Documents even though it's something else.
You can change the location of your Documents folder, add more etc by Right Clicking on your "Documents" folder.
(Note, "Documents" folder under Libraries. Not "My Documents")
Either the folder itself, or the Start Menu shortcut is fine.
This window will pop up.
You might have multiple folders listed here?
You can then change the location of the libraries here.
I currently have a desktop with one big drive in it. I have a C: and a D: partition. C: is for my Windows OS and programs, and D: is for my data. I have My Documents configured to my D: partition.
I have an SSD that I plan to use as my new OS/programs drive - I will install a fresh copy of Windows onto that new drive. What I'd like to do then is reestablish the new install's My Documents to point to the My Documents already on my data partition.
I know how to change the location of My Documents to point to a new location; will this also work for changing the location to point to an exising location?
You could test the process with a different account and see if it works and doesn't wipe out the contents of the existing location.
To be safe, you could rename the old location to something else, point your My Documents to the original name of the old location (allowing it to create it), then just move all the contents from the "something else" folder to your new My Documents. No need to worry if it will wipe out anything in the move.