How to Change a User Home Folders in Windows

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to quickly change a user home folder in Windows 10.

By default, Windows stores all your user files and folders in C:\Users followed by your username.

In the user home folder, you’ll find Desktop, Downloads, Documents, Music, and Pictures and more.

As the user add more content, the local C:\ disk drive will be used up and if the drive doesn’t have enough free space, the user will run out of storage space.

Some computers have multiple drives and partitions. If your computer has multiple partitions, and your local C:\ disk is running out of space, you may want to change the location of your home folder to a bigger drive and more space.

Most PC configuration installs Windows on the C:\ drive. Since solid-state storage devices (SSD) come with little space, moving your user folders to another drive makes even more sense.

To get started moving a user folder in Windows follow the steps below:

Move user home folders

For example, you might move the Documents folder to another partition so that enough room is left on your Windows system drive.

Or move the Picture folder to a bigger partition when you’re running out of space on a smaller one.

On Windows 10, open File Explorer and click Quick Access if it isn’t open.

Next, select the user folders under Quick Access that you want to move to a new location.

This can be the Documents, Downloads, Pictures, Music, Videos and Desktop.

Right click the folder you want to move and select Properties

On the Properties pane, select Location, then click Move.

Then browse to the new location you want to use for this folder. Click the bigger partition and browse to the folder you created for the new path.

When ask to confirm that you want to move all files from the old location to the new location, click Yes.

Depending on the size of the folder, it may take a while to complete. After all the content is moved, the Documents folder should be stored in the new location and any new documents will also be stored there.

When you’re done, close File Explorer and verify the change.


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