Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
reor

win xp: how to change user directory?

Recommended Posts

I'm running Windows XP Home SP2 and would like to know, if it's possible to change the default "documents and settings" user profile path to something shorter like "c:\user".

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

you'd have to change the %USERPROFILE% environmental variable, which involves editing the registry. needless to say with such a potentially OS-crippling change, make backups first.

 

If your just doing this so that you dont have to type 'C:\documents and settings\blah\' over and over again, you could allways type either '%userprofile%' or 'C:\docume~1\blah', to get the same result

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If memory serves, you can also do this via computer policy, but it's a little cumbersome.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
If memory serves, you can also do this via computer policy, but it's a little cumbersome.

 

You can indeed, an good google search will show you how, I did it about 18 months ago when I got my new PC...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks. Do you have Home or Pro?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quick related question:

 

if you go to control pannel > system > advanced > environmental variables, you can change lots of the environmental variables (gasp).

 

But not all of them (not %userprofile%, for example).

 

i'm curiouse: why are only some of them there, do you reacon?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If memory serves, the environment variables are very old tech, intended to give old DOS programs shortcuts to new file locations in Windows. It's just not intended for that sort of thing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.