ExcludeProfileDirs for Teams does not work, neither does downloads move to local path

sm-6871 96 Reputation points


Since the Teams-folder and like the Downloads-folder extremely bloat the profiles of users, I'm trying to exclude those from roaming profiles. But it wouldn't work :-/

Roaming Profiles
In the user profile I have a path to the Home folder like

as well as a path to User profile

In GPO I have folder redirection for like Desktop and AppData

The the dialog box is configured
Setting: Basic - Redirect everyones folder tho the same location
Target: Create a folder for each user und the same root path

The folder Downloads I tried to sync to a location on the drive C using
Setting: Basic - Redirect...
Target: Recdirect to the following location

Exclusions ExcludeProfileDirs
as well as the exclusion in the registry

Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

AppData\Local;AppData\LocalLow;$Recycle.Bin; OneDrive; Work Folders; AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Teams\;.android;AppData\Roaming\DropBox;

This exclusion is available in the registry of the user, but everytime I copy a file e.g. to the Teams-folder it is available on the server after logoff :-/

AppData\Local and LocalLow isn't redirected though, that seems to works....

What do I miss? Or what could be the reason, that it wouldn't work this way?

Any hints are aprreciated.


We need the roaming profiles, since people share several PCs.

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  1. sm-6871 96 Reputation points

    Well, first I deleted the "AppData\Local;" in ExcludeProfileDirs.
    Then I deleted the profile-path on the server and recreated it, thus it was like a new user.

    The AppData\Local was synched then, what I expected. Thus I put it back.

    Eventually, I added the Teams-path at the very beginning of the ExcludeProfileDirs Registry-key what I haven't done before.

    Weird, but from then on it worked :)

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  1. Vicky Wang 2,646 Reputation points

    No particular engine controls roaming profiles. They instead rely on a registry value in HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon. This value is a string (REG_SZ) format and is called ExcludeProfileDirs. It tells the roaming profile what not to save from the %USERPROFILE% folder. The screenshot below shows the default values on Windows 10.

    Please Note: Since the web site is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.
    Hope this information can help you
    Best wishes

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  2. sm-6871 96 Reputation points

    Hi Vicky

    Thanks for your answer.
    The link from 4sysops was already in my roaming profile link collection since it literally was my tutorial on how I configured everything.

    I still don't see the problem, why it wouldn't work as explained.
    There neither is a typing error or a similar small error, which could fail the commands. I've checked it like a zillion times...

    The ExcludeProfileDirs I tried with ; at the end and not etc. My guess is, that this might not be the correct registry path?

    Any hints on how to solve the problems are aprreciated.


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  3. Vicky Wang 2,646 Reputation points

    thank you very much for your patience.
    According to your description and your counter-situation, I followed up with my colleagues and found that the solution I provided should be no problem. If you still can’t solve it, I suggest you seek the help of a senior engineer. Maybe you can help you from different aspects. solve.
    Thank you for your understanding and support
    Best wishes

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  4. Vicky Wang 2,646 Reputation points


    Just checking in to see if the information provided was helpful.

    Please let us know if you would like further assistance.

    Best Regards,

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