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Change Appdata (Personal Profile) Location in Windows 7

Appdata registry key controls the location of application data folder. In Windows XP/2003, the default location of application folder is at C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Application Data. In Windows 7, it is located at C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming.  One can change this default location of AppData by editing the registry key appdata which can be located under the node HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders. This registry key is same for XP/Vista and Windows 7.

Appdata is of type string(REG_SZ) and stores the path of the application folder.

Categories: Misc, Windows 7

Multiple Dropboxes in Windows 7

The easiest way to use multiple Dropboxes on the same computer is to create one Windows user account for each Dropbox. Each Dropbox will have it’s own binary folder and preferences located at

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Dropbox\bin

You can use the runas command to run multiple Dropbox instances simultaneously from your prefered user account in Windows.

  • Create a new user account for each dropbox account (if you haven’t already done):
  1. Go to Control Panel ->Add or remove user accounts
  2. Click on the Create a new account link
  3. Give your account a name and create the account (Standard user is ok).
  4. Next, click on the New user account and select CreatePassword.
  5. Once you are done setting the password, close your Control Panel and switch over to the newly created user account. Go to Start ->Switch User.
  • Dropbox configuration at the new user account:
  1. Download and install Dropbox for the new user account (You will be asked the Admin password when you carry out the installation).
  2. When it prompts you to choose a folder, choose a folder for the Dropbox account.
  3. Log out of your current window session and log back into your primary account.
  • Accessing multiple instances of Dropbox from your primary account
  1. Open a window explorer and navigate to

    C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Dropbox\bin

  2. Right click the Dropbox.exe file and select Send to -> Desktop
  3. Now, go to your desktop and find the newly created shortcut. Right click the shortcut icon and select Properties.
  4. Append the following to the front of the target field:

    runas /user:username /savecred

    Where username is the new user account that you have created. With the parameter /savecred (“save credentials”) the password will be requested only the first time. dropbox-runas-user

  5. Click Ok. Now double click the shortcut to run the second instances of Dropbox. A window will appear to prompt you for password.
  6. You should be able to see the 2nd dropbox icon at your taskbar.
  • Run multiple instance of Dropbox during startup

To start multiple instances of Dropbox when you boot up your computer, simply copy the shortcut file to:

C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

For more informations have a look at:

Categories: Misc, Windows 7