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How to change the location of my documents folder

In default configuration  My documents folder would be stored in the system drive of the local disk. In Windows XP this is at  C:Documents and SettingsloginidMy documents. In Windows Vista and Windows 7 this is stored at C:UsersloginidDocuments.  If c: drive becomes full, we can move the contents of My Documents folder to another drive. In Windows XP this can be done as below. For Windows 7, see How to change Documents location in Windows 7.

  • Click on Start button
  • Right click on My Documents link in the Start menu.(In Windows7 this is Documents)
  • Select Properties. You’ll see a window like below(The below snapshot is taken in XP. It does not differ much in Vista or Windows 7)
  • Change the value in the Target to the path of the new location.

Turn off offline files for Redirected folders

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  • Anonymous November 13, 2007, 8:58 pm

    Anyone seen the following problem ? We have a Group Ploicy that redirects all users My Documents to server location, no problem there all works fine. One user however has an issue where he takes the laptop home and is working offline all the files in his My Documents open as Read Only and then he has to save them as "Copy of xxxx.xls" . He can work on files fine when in the office and synchroniztion works fine when logging on and off but when offline the files are Read Only.
    The user is granted exclusive rights to the My Documents folder via the Group Policy but this is true for many laptop users and this problem has not come up for anyone else. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. User is on XP Pro on Dell laptop.

  • WindowstipsAdmin November 23, 2007, 3:55 pm

    I have not heard of this problem..
    If he has the write permissions on the server, then he should be able to modify them offline also. Since only one user is facing the issue I guess something may be wrong on the machine/with CSC settings. I suggest to try reinitializing the cache.

    Click here to read how to reinitialize the cache

  • gopher December 12, 2007, 2:19 pm

    I put in a policy on a Win 2000 domain to redirect My Documents to the users' home folder on the server … this automatically caches their home folder. The users are upset because synchronization messages about database files stop computer shut-down.

    How can I turn off this automatic caching on redirection? I just want My Documents on the server where they're backed up and available from any computer.

  • WindowstipsAdmin December 13, 2007, 2:41 am

    In the domain's group ploicy enable the setting "Do not automatically make redirected folders available offline". this setting applies to all the users in the domain. Alternatively each user can also disable this by editing group policy on his computer.
    hope this helps

  • Anonymous February 29, 2008, 9:33 pm

    We need to synchronize a network share comprising around 23 GB of data to two laptops but with the Offline Files feature in Vista, this synchronization occurs around every 5 minutes and lasts for up to 20 minutes, meaning the disk is constantly thrashing. Between that, the antivirus scanning, and the connection to my email server (which is http), these system (both of them Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, relatively beefy machines) are slowing to a crawl. Is there any way to disable the background synchronization but keep Offline files enabled? Can the interval between syncs be reschedule for some longer period such as every hour or so?

  • WindowstipsAdmin March 3, 2008, 3:08 am

    I have not used CSC in vista yet..
    But from my experience with XP, CSC always tries to keep the local cache files updated so that the moment you go offline, the local copies will have the correct data for you to access. I have not come across any setting which disables the sync that happens at regular intervals of time( I believe it is once in 10 minutes in XP).

    But I have a suggestion for you. Do you really need to access all the files in the 23GB share in offline? If not why not enable offline files for only those folders/files which you need to see offline?

  • Anonymous March 3, 2008, 2:35 pm

    Unfortunately, the primary user of the CSC in vista cannot reliably predict what files will be needed and which ones won't and trying to cherry pick just the ones he wants isn't a feasible solution. That said, there are other programs out there (Vice Versa by tgrmn, for example), that can look at the entire 22 GB file share, compare it with a local copy, and then synchronize it in under 2 minutes. This program only runs when you tell it to run and the only real drawback is that there is no file transparency (i.e., my N: drive isn't available offline, but the files are, in a different location). It seems that the implementation in Vista is just lacking something.

    Also, I've noticed that (we use Norton Antivirus, an admittedly resource-selfish program), that with the AV turned off, the sync works quickly, has no performance issues, and is reliable. With the AV turned on, nothing works, the system grinds to a complete halt every 5 minutes, etc. It seems that the real problem is something in the way that Norton and Offline files is working together. Obviously we can't run without AV and it's not feasible to keep turning it off every 5 minutes. I haven't tried other AV programs as of yet but I can comment back here if something changes with a less "intrusive" AV.

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