The operating system of Microsoft, Windows 10, is a full software content since I first installed on the computer. This is due to all the folders and files that are installed for the internal management of the software itself.
That is why we must be careful not to delete these contents in most cases, as this could damage the entire system. There are more important and delicate folders than others, although one of the most important is the one that corresponds to each user. And is that when we talk about user folders in Windows 10, we refer to an element of this type that has been created specifically for each configured user account.
In it we will find other very important subfolders corresponding to the library such as Documents, Images, Downloads or the Desktop. It is also where the AppData folder resides with the software associated with each account. Therefore, as we can imagine, its content is very important. At the same time, sometimes it can be very useful to access it in the fastest way to manage its content, as we are going to show you.
Where the user data is stored
Windows 10 has a series of folders and directories where it keeps all the files that are part of the operating system. Just as, for example, the “Windows” directory is where the entire operating system is stored, and “Program Files” where we install the programs, users also have a personal directory stored on the hard drive.
All user data is stored in the “Users” folder, which can be found at the root of C :. If we enter it we can find several folders. For example, the “Public Access” folder is a directory that any user can access, while the “Default” folder has the standard settings for when we create a new user in Windows. Afterwards, each user will have their own folder next to them, associated with their name. Each user can only access their own folder and data, unless we authenticate with the credentials of the other users.
Open the Windows 10 user folder in the simplest way
Thus, first of all we will tell you that we can open this folder of the user profile by navigating from Explorer to C: Users and open the corresponding name. But that is not the only method, and in case we have a problem in the operating system, we can access it by other routes.
We can also use the Win + R key combination to open the system execution box. Once this appears on the screen, just enter a simple “.” or the command “% USERPROFILE%” to be able to directly access that folder. As we can see, if necessary, this method can save us a lot of time by not having to move through Windows File Explorer.
But that’s not all if we want to access this content in a more direct way, but again from the Explorer, without having to navigate through it. All we have to do is right-click on an empty area of the left navigation panel. Next, in the contextual menu that appears, we select the option to Show all folders. This will add the user profile as a shortcut location.
Manage the contents of your personal folder quickly
In this way, each time we open the File Explorer, we will be able to access that personal directory much more quickly. Of course, we also have the possibility of creating a shortcut that is placed on the desktop. To do this, the first thing to do is right-click on an empty area of the desktop and select New / Shortcut.
Next, in the Location field we enter the full path of the user profile folder. We will no longer have to click Next and the folder name will be added automatically. In this way we can use this shortcut to quickly open that user folder whenever we need it, that simple.
Can’t access a user’s data? Use Linux
If the data we are trying to access is ours, we have no problem. However, if it is data from other people, from another account, things change. Windows has a fairly robust permission system that prevents anyone from accessing another user’s personal folder, at least without their credentials. And if we have lost access to the account, then there is little we can do.
Luckily, if we need to access this folder for whatever reason, we can turn to Linux. We can download a Linux Live distribution, such as Ubuntu, and boot the system on it from a USB memory. When it loads, we can enter the Windows hard drive and have access to all the data. Even those that other users kept in their personal folders.