Windows 10: I deleted the C:/Users/Public folder because I'm an idiot

Discus and support I deleted the C:/Users/Public folder because I'm an idiot in Windows 10 Ask Insider to solve the problem; I'm the only user of my PC so I didn't think I needed a public folder and a default folder, just my user profile folder. I needed the space so I... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Ask Insider' started by /u/dalek_cyber, May 23, 2020 at 12:37 PM.

  1. I deleted the C:/Users/Public folder because I'm an idiot


    I'm the only user of my PC so I didn't think I needed a public folder and a default folder, just my user profile folder. I needed the space so I deleted it then dumped it from the recycling bin.

    It had some steam folders on it which I now learned I need to operate steam, funny how that works out.

    Is there a way to get the public folder back (I understand now there's important things on it besides the steam folder!) without doing a system restore?

    submitted by /u/dalek_cyber
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    :)
     
    /u/dalek_cyber, May 23, 2020 at 12:37 PM
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  2. scopio Win User

    Moving Public Folder to another drive

    I have been asked to install an HDD in a church pc which only has a 224GB SanDisk SSD which is running out of space.
    The problem I can foresee is that the church uses an application called SongPro which insists to install in the C:\Users\Programs File (x86) and the data files in the
    C:\Users\Public\SongPro5 folder and does not give the option to be installed software
    on another drive.
    I have searched the web if and how the Public folder can be moved to another drive and found that it can be done using the following steps;


    1. COPY (don’t MOVE) the C:\USERS\PUBLIC folder to a different disk or partition
    2. Click the START button and type REGEDIT (not case sensitive) and press enter
    3. Expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > MICROSOFT > WINDOWS NT > CURRENT VERSION > PROFILE LIST
    4. Double click on PUBLIC
    5. Correct the path
    6. Reboot the PC
    7. Go to C:\USERS\PUBLIC and delete everything
    Can someone here please confirm if the SongPro software is installed in C:\Users\Programs File (x86) (the SSD) and the path Public\SongPro5 folder moved to another folder will work?

    I deleted the C:/Users/Public folder because I'm an idiot [​IMG]



    I deleted the C:/Users/Public folder because I'm an idiot [​IMG]



    I deleted the C:/Users/Public folder because I'm an idiot [​IMG]
     
  3. Anusha Win User
    C windows installer folder - Delete?

    He can do symbolic link redirection and move the files in it to a different location. *Wink I deleted the C:/Users/Public folder because I'm an idiot ;)
    Better try it out in a virtual of first. Just a suggestion.

    Like:
    First move everything in c:\windows\installer to d:\installercache
    Then delete c:\windows\installer folder
    Then type this in command mode as admin
    mklink /d c:\windows\installer d:\installercache

    Removing those installer files is a bad idea. it might prevent you from updating or uninstalling apps.
     
  4. Nicrite Win User

    I deleted the C:/Users/Public folder because I'm an idiot

    Vista Ultimate - 'User' Folder Location

    No tried that.

    Can copy the entire folder to D; but Windows still points to C as the location. Can change personal folders location to a folder on D;, but this still leaves hidden files etc on C;. Thus meaning there are 2 Users folders. Have managed to change the Public folder location to D;, with some registry tweaks, but this doesnt seem to work for the entire folder.

    any more suggestions
     
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