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Windows 8.1 and Sysprep or moving users/program files

  1. #1


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit

    Windows 8.1 and Sysprep or moving users/program files


    So it seems Sysprep no longer works when you upgrade to 8.1

    So you can't move the program files or users folders in accordance with the tutorial.

    So has anyone here figured out how to do it yet? or know of a tutorial that does work?

    thanks!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 8
    win8Pro


    Even worse, sysprep failed to reboot in audit mode in Win8Pro, so I can't move users back to C: and upgrade to 8.1
    Unless there is a manual way to move it back to C:. I would think there is. Anyone have any ideas?
    Otherwise I reinstall Win8 Pro, buy a new MCE upgrade, upgrade to 8.1. Then spend the next week or so rebuilding my dev and gaming environment.

    Internal recommendations are to keep users on C:, but open the Properties on the Documents/Music/Photos/Video folders and point them to a Users folder on another drive. I was told that was a supported format for upgrades and patches.
    Also, be aware that the Libraries folders are no longer visible by default in Explorer. View-Options to turn them back on.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit


    I reloaded.

    But I was doing some googling and apparently you can reverse the move process and put your users back on your C drive and it is supposed to install fine as long as you make sure you fix all the registry entries that might have not been fixed.

    This is my gaming machine too, so I understand your pain.

    I think you might be right about just moving the documents/pics/videos/etc to another drive and leaving users alone.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 8
    win8Pro


    I used sysprep at OOBE to move Users to the D: drive. Now I get endless rebooting with a setup error message when trying to get back into audit mode using sysprep. So I can't reverse out the same way I got there.
    WHS/2012SE daily backups saved me by making a fairly quick restore on my C: drive possible.

    Once I get this fixed, I'm leaving users on C:, and just moving the location of the four folders that get big.
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