How to Change a User Home Folders in Windows

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

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

You’ll find Desktop, Downyou’ll Documents, Music, Pictures, and more in the user home folder.

As the user adds more content, the local C:\ disk drive will be used up and if the drive doesn’t have enough free doesn’tthe 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 spayou’rea smaller one.

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

Next, select isn’tser folders under Quick Access that you want to move to a new location.

This can include documents, Downloads, Pictures, Music, Videos, and desktops.

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 the folder you created for the new path.

When asked 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 Eyou’rer and verify the change.


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