[Forum FAQ]How to customize the location of the user profile folder in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10122 RRS feed

  • General discussion

  • Scenario

    Sometimes users want to change the location of user profile folder under system drive to a different location, as the free space left is too small, but they don’t want to configure folder redirection function in Windows, then we may consider to follow the steps described in this page.

    Note: The user folder that you have configured using the following way will lose its older contents when upgrading. That is to say, Windows would reset the changes to default location after upgrading.


    1. Logon using an Admin account and open the Regedit.exe, then navigate to the following archive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
    2. On the right pane, find the value named ProfilesDirectory (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff715636.aspx ), which equals to %SystemDrive%\Users; double-click it and edit the value to X:\Users, see the screenshots:

    Note: Please replace the X: with the available drive letter that on your own machine, and create a User folder under that drive. And please review the warning part described in the link: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff715636.aspx We don’t recommend using this setting, except perhaps in a test environment. When this setting is changed, the Windows® Store and Windows Store apps are not supported.

    According to testing result, after changing this value and created the new account, Windows Store and the apps would need to reload on a reboot, after that, they will behave normally.

      3. After that, exit the regedit.exe, add a new user account using the Settings, then logon using the newly created account, the configuration process might be a little than usual, wait until it finishes;

      4. Logon to check the folder under X:\Users, you will find a new folder created in it with the new account name;

      5. If you would like to transfer your older user profile settings, follow the steps mentioned in the article below:


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    • Edited by ForumFAQ Monday, June 1, 2015 11:21 AM update
    Monday, June 1, 2015 11:13 AM

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  • Pardon me if i'm wrong, but shouldn't it be possible to simply create a directory junction for X:\Users On C:\Users? Or will that also ruin the windows store apps?
    Tuesday, June 2, 2015 1:05 PM
  • It's user profiles. Not just for the folders.

    System loads the profile using the value stored in registry, that is where the files are truely stored, junction points just redirect the typed path to the real one, the location where the files being stored is not changed in this way.

    What I should say is that this seems to be a temporary workaround, better leave the registry where it is, that is to say, after change the location, one should extend his system drive and restore the registry back to default.

    And copy the profile back.

    Friday, June 5, 2015 1:46 AM