Assign a home folder to a local user account
Updated: March 1, 2012
Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012
Administrators is the minimum group membership required to complete this procedure. Review the details in "Additional considerations" in this topic.
To assign a home folder to a local user account
Open Computer Management.
In the console tree, click Users .
Computer Management\System Tools\Local Users and Groups\Users
- Computer Management\System Tools\Local Users and Groups\Users
Right-click the user account for which you want to specify a home folder, and then click Properties .
On the Profile tab, do one of the following:
To specify a local home folder, click
, and then type the path, for example, c:\users\maria.
To specify a home folder on a shared resource, click
, click the proper drive letter, and then type the network path, for example, \\airedale\users\andreas.
- To specify a local home folder, click Local path , and then type the path, for example, c:\users\maria.
To perform this procedure, you must provide credentials for the Administrator account on the local computer (if you are prompted), or you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer.
The Documents folder provides a convenient alternative to home folders, but it does not replace them. Each user has a Documents folder on the boot volume.
If no home folder is assigned, the system assigns a default local home folder to the user account (on the root directory where the operating system files are installed as the initial version).
To specify a network path for the home folder, you must first create the shared resource and set permissions that allow the user access.