Moving Visual Studio 2005 Default Directories
2009 Mar 13 - Brian Kloppenborg
In 2008 I transitioned to Linux for almost all of my day-to-day activities.
I have set up a fairly nice backup solution which uses
rsync to backup
my drive at regular intervals (using
cron). Unfortunately, a few of my
software development activities still use Visual Studio 2005 which requires
a completely separate backup solution.
In order to unify my backup strategy, I want to move the default Visual
Studio directory from the
C: drive to my
H: drive which is a VirtualBox
share from my Linux home directory. Fortunately, the solution was fairly simple
and only required a few registry modifications.
To move the default directory for Visual Studio, open up reg-edit and change the keys found in
to point to the directory of your choosing. For my use case, I changed a
majority of these directories to
H:\Programming\Visual Studio 2005\Projects
except for the
MyDocumentsLocation key which I set to
Now, you might be wondering if I notice a performance hit by compiling over a network drive. Because the VM is using a host-shared folder, there probably is a short increase in build time, but it is not noticeable on my machine (which supports hardware-based virtualization).