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 regedit 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).