Move the Users folder to Windows 10, 8, and 7


Immediately after installation, Windows 10 creates multiple folders in the root of the system tray, (usually C: disk). These folders include Program Files and Program Files (x86) (for 64-bit operating systems), the Window folder, users, and the hidden ProgramData folder.tools Windows

The folder contains user profiles and personal folders such as Desktop, Downloads, and documents for all user accounts in your operating system.

If the disk you are using for your system is small and if the user accounts of them Windows on your computer have huge files you will have trouble. The free disk space in the system tray can be reduced very quickly.

If you experience this problem, you can move the folder to Users on another partition or another disk. Below we will describe how you can do it. This method can be applied to Window 10, Window 8 and Window 7.

To move the folder to users, you need to have a bootable medium for one of the following operating systems:
Window 7
Window 8
Window 10

You can use any of the above bootable media independently of the installed operating system on your hard drive. B.C. you can use the Windows 7 installation disc to move the Windows 10 users folder and vice versa. You can also create a bootable USB stick with the desired installation disk, such as is described here.

Move the Users folder:

Start your computer using the bootable USB stick. (You may need to press certain keys or change the BIOS options to boot from USB or DVD).
When the "Install Windows" screen appears, press Shift + F10 together.
This will open a prompt.command window

command-prompt-Windows-10
Type notepad and press Enter. Do not close the command-line window.
When the window opens notepad, follow the route from the menu File menu / Open. Click "This Computer" or "This PC" in the left pane of the box. Turn on your computer to see your disks. Note the appropriate letter on the Windows drive in the Program Files directory. In our example is disk D:1windowsdrive
Close the window, and then close Notepad. Type the following in the command prompt window:

xcopy "D: \ Users" "E: \ Users" / e / i / h / s / k / p

assuming disk E: is the desired new location for the Program Files folder.
Rename the folder with D: users to D: \ Users.bak.
Create a folder junction from the old to the new folder:

mklink / J "E: \ Users" "D: \ Users"

Using the junction list instead of a directory with a symbolic link (mklink / D), the system will access the users folder correctly through network shares. This step is very important.

You're done. If you need to go back and change everything like it was

Boot from the bootable USB stick again.
Delete the intersection of D: \ Users using the following command:

rd D: \ Users

and run the next command

xcopy "E: \ Users" "D: \ Users" / e / i / h / s / k / p

This will copy all your profiles back to your system tray.

Note: Keep a backup of your \ Users folder before making any changes.

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