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Chage environment variables for documents and settings directory.

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by pure_evil020, Jan 4, 2013.

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  1. pure_evil020

    pure_evil020 Thread Starter

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    Hi,
    I originally came to this idea after wondering "Could I install windows on a wireless external hard drive?"
    But quickly realized that a wireless hard drive probably would not be detected during bios, and needs windows to run.

    I'm wondering though, if the environment variables of windows could be modified, so that when you run software that uses these variables to store temp data etc, it would be sent to an identical network drive, instead of the directory windows is actually installed on.

    Can this be achieved with some changes to the registry?
    And would the changes cause any problems with windows itself?


    Basically I want to trick windows into thinking that the entire "documents and settings" folder, is on the wireless drive. Not C: (windows installed drive).
     
  2. TerryNet

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    There is no such folder in Windows 7. Should I move this thread to the Windows XP or Earlier Versions of Windows forum?
     
  3. lunarlander

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    If you have a Windows Server, then you can move some user folders to the server's hard drive. This feature enables centralized backup. But Windows 7's User folder ( or XP's Document and Settings folder ) cannot be moved, because it houses the user profile.
     
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