View Full Version : moving temp folder win2k

03 March 2003, 07:19 AM

I'm trying to move the TEMP and TMP folders into a diff partition. Not quite sure how to do it.

I've made it to the System Properties/Environment Variables window and have clicked on the "Edit..." button to edit the system variable.

The System variables window lists TEMP (as well as TMP) as both having the following value:


However, when I click on the Edit... button, the actual variable is listed as


Can I just change the variable to say,


or will I be messing something up?


03 March 2003, 07:34 AM
no, ur fine in doing that. That "%" symbol I believe is a shorthand notation for "root drive."

I do that to my system all the time when making new partitions and install. It helps clean and organize the system.

03 March 2003, 07:58 AM
the %SystemRoot% variable is window's way of saying where the core windows files are installed. this is so that if someone changes the default install directory (either the drive or the location) applications installing themselves don't break.

i typicaly change all temporary folders to point to c:\temp just for ease of access. there are a few location syou nned to change, including system and local user settings. local user settings typically default the temporary files location to the "documents and settings" folder for that user, which is (a) a waste as the fill up profile space and (b) difficult for the average user to find.

03 March 2003, 12:53 AM
Ok, thanks elvis and singularity,

I will take a closer look at the local usr settings too.


03 March 2003, 05:43 AM
hey, could u fill me in with some more details about the local user settings? I only run as administrator on my system since no one else uses it.... so i shouldn't see local users anywhere. But if i did, what would i be changing?

CGTalk Moderation
01 January 2006, 03:00 PM
This thread has been automatically closed as it remained inactive for 12 months. If you wish to continue the discussion, please create a new thread in the appropriate forum.