Relocate the ArcGIS User Profile

Last Published: April 25, 2020


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Managing the user profile is one of the primary concerns organizations have when they begin to explore managing User Data, since this contains the ArcGIS Desktop application configuration (toolbars, custom interface, default map documents). The ArcGIS User Profile for ArcGIS Desktop is located here: Windows 2003 (XP): C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\ESRI
Windows 2008 (Vista/7): C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\ESRI


The ArcGIS User Profile is located within the "AppData" location specified by the OS, which can be found at the following Registry Endpoint:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders]
"AppData"="C:\\Documents and Settings\\greg6007\\Application Data"
  1. Since the above value is based within HKCU (HKEY_CURRENT_USER) it is user specific and must be controlled by Group Policy:
    [O-Image] userprofile1
    For more detals on how to accomplish this see: > Folder Redirection in Windows Vista

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