Student Windows Home Directories

  • When using the CAEN Lab Software Environment (CLSE) in computer labs, files saved to the Windows Desktop or Documents folders are automatically stored in your Windows Home Directory.
  • These files can also be accessed directly via the N: network drive on all CLSE Windows computers.
  • Regular backup “snapshots” are taken to enable easily-accessible file recovery.


Students and faculty instructors receive a Windows Home Directory when they are granted a full CAEN Account to support their use of the CAEN Lab Software Environment (CLSE). Files saved in Windows Home Directories are available in the same location on all CAEN Lab and ITS Campus Computing Sites computers. The maximum quota for a student Windows Home Directory is 50 GB, and cannot be increased.

In addition to CAEN Windows Home Directories, there are many campus storage options available to students, such as U-M Google Drive and U-M Box. These all provide an easy-to-use and consistent way to save and access files on CAEN lab computers. CAEN recommends the use of these online file storage options over thumb drives or removable media, which can be lost or stolen.

Note: Do not delete the windat.V2 folder in your Windows Home Directory. This is where your Windows Desktop and Documents folders are stored when using CLSE computers.

How to Access your Windows Home Directory

For more information on accessing the files stored in your Windows Home Directory, refer to our knowledge base.