IT’S GEEK TO ME: Changing file locations is easier than you think
Back in November of last year, I took advantage of the Black Friday prices and snagged a nice new laptop. Aside from doubling my old system’s RAM to 16 gigs, it also came configured with dual drives – one SDD for fast booting and a 1-terabyte drive for data storage. Unfortunately, the out-of-the-box configuration left something to be desired.
Windows likes to store data in specific user-owned folders set aside for that purpose. I’m talking about folders like Documents, Music, Video, Pictures, and about a dozen others. These are called Personal Folders, and generally are located under C:\Users\
Now, I could have just created some folders over on the big drive, and simply disciplined myself to manually change the save location every time I create a new file. While that would work, it is definitely not very Geeky. A much better solution is to change the Windows location where the user files are stored, so they are automatically placed there each and every time. It’s easier than you probably think.
For the sake of this example, we’ll relocate the Documents folder. Don’t get hung up on that one folder, because these procedures will work just as well for any of the Personal Folders. Start by creating the new location where you want the folder to live. Go carefully here, and do a little planning, because you will probably want to move other folders later, and you don’t want to accidentally mix their contents. In my case, I went to my E: drive, and created the path E:\Users\Geek\Documents\. When I wanted to move other folders, I created the new ones right in the E:\Users\Geek\ folder.
The following steps must be performed using File Explorer running with Administrator privileges. If you regularly follow my advice, the account you usually use does not have these privileges, but you know the credentials of your administration account. If you don’t know how to run File Explorer with privileges, follow the steps at TinyURL.com\IGTM-0652
Using the privileged File Explorer, navigate to C:\Users\
Well the second shoe finally dropped on Jan. 14th, and Microsoft has officially terminated support for Windows 7. If you somehow missed all of the very public warnings, as well as repeated mentions here in my column, and you’re still running Windows 7, your risk increases with each passing day. But it’s not too late to do something about it. I’ve already said my piece about this, so rather than re-hash it all, I’ll refer you to the column archives on my website, specifically, I.G.T.M. Issue No. 644, which published Nov. 30, 2019. There you’ll even find information about upgrading to Windows 10 for free if your computer qualifies.
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