I know that there's a way to change the minecraft folder location in the newer launchers, but how do I do it in 1.5.2? I've tried to move the roaming folder and searched online, but none of the methods I tried worked and few were about the older launchers.

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    Is there a particular reason you need to use the old launcher? I'm fairly certain with the current launcher you're able to use those old versions. Jul 6, 2020 at 23:47
  • My computer is not able to use the new launcher for some reason- I've tried a lot to fix it but it doesn't work. So I use the old launcher.
    – Hacker
    Jul 7, 2020 at 0:51

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I don't remember the name of the program but I can check if needed. What you want to do is put your Minecraft folder where you want it then create a symbolic link in the usual place. Minecraft will look in the usual place and follow the link to the new location like a shortcut. This effectively changes the location.

  • What do you mean by creating a symbolic link? Do I create a shortcut?
    – Hacker
    Jul 7, 2020 at 2:35
  • @Hacker you'll need either a special program to create them or a command prompt command to create them. I'll try to find the name of it for you Jul 7, 2020 at 6:20

There is no need to use symbolic links:

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If you would like to fully move home (not just the game), you can start the Minecraft launcher with the --workDir argument. Unfortunately, I do not have access to the EXE file to demonstrate how to do this, but I know it works for sure.

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