Friday, September 05, 2008

How to move the Public folder to a different drive

Vista has a folder named Public that you can use to share files with others on your network, or others who log onto the same computer with a different account. It's handy for that, but some folks want to move it off the C: drive (its default location) because that drive is getting full. You can do it by editing the registry. Here are the steps for moving it to the D: drive (substitute the appropriate drive letter).

  • First back up the files and folders in the Public folder by copying them to another location. Before copying them, in Explorer click Tools Folder Options View and select Show Hidden Files and Folders, so you can be sure that you copy all of them.
  • Now open the registry editor and navigate to the following key: HKEY_ LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ WindowsNT \ CurrentVersion \ ProfileList
  • In the right pane, double click the key named Public
  • Change the data value to D:\Public
  • Reboot the computer