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Windows 8 Pro. x64 Built-In Administrator Account Picture?

  1. #11


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    Windows 8 Pro. x64


    Oh I forgot to mention; Right after installing Windows and enabling the built-in administrator account, I moved my user folder to another drive using these instructions:
    Move the User Folder To A Separate Drive/Partition (The Right Way) - Idealistically Caspan

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  2. #12


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Synomenon View Post
    Oh I forgot to mention; Right after installing Windows and enabling the built-in administrator account, I moved my user folder to another drive using these instructions:
    Move the User Folder To A Separate Drive/Partition (The Right Way) - Idealistically Caspan
    If you followed those instructions, did you relocate the ProgramData folder too? It might explain your issue. ProgramData can be moved in Windows 7, should not be moved in Windows 8.

    The geek behind the website you linked to (Caspan?) should have copied my Windows 8 tutorial regarding this subject, not my Windows 7 tutorial as he has done. Anyway, I left him a note to Idealistically Caspan there, check back to newest comments on that page to find this:

    Click image for larger version

    Kari


    EDIT:​ That Caspan fellow did not like my comment, it is already removed. Judging by his own comments he will next copy & paste my Windows 8 tutorial, too:

    Click image for larger version
    Last edited by Kari; 31 May 2013 at 15:41.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8 Pro. x64


    Ok, I remember what I did now. I did use your instructions to move my user folder. I then used the guide by "Caspan" just to learn how to create a junction to the new location of my user folder.

    I did use your direction and the ProgramData folder was NOT moved. It's still on the C: drive.
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  4. #14


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    OK. So the ProgramData location is not your culprit, moving it can totally screw the system.

    Refreshing Windows 8 is out of the question as you have relocated Users. Short of reinstalling I don't know what to try.

    I have now tested this with a PC where Users are relocated and one PC where they are in default location. Both systems have no issues in changing the profile picture for built-in administrator. Reinstall might solve your issue.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8 Pro. x64


    Gonna secure erase my SSD today and reinstall Windows. I'll follow your instructions again and report back later.

    Oh, If you haven't planned to yet, I think you should also add instructions on creating junctions to the new location of the user folders.

    If I didn't find that Caspan site, I wouldn't have know to do that.
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  6. #16


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    I have junctions for other reasons and other folders but I have never needed nor have I created junctions for user folders, not in Seven, not in Eight. When (if) the procedure is done correctly they are not needed, completely unnecessary. As such I will not include instructions to create junctions in tutorial in order to keep it as simple as possible, the procedure described as it is without any further enhancements.

    However, as junctions take practically no storage space, if you feel safer having them there's no harm done in creating them.
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  7. #17


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    xp32 home /xp32 pro /vista64 /win7 64 /win8 64


    great job on sorting his problem out Kari
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  8. #18


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Thanks Chinga although it seems the issue will be solved only by reinstalling.

    Synomenon, I would like to ask you to think this through one more time. It is not a good idea to use a Windows PC only with built-in administrator account.

    If you decide to do it I would try to change the profile picture of built-in administrator account before deleting all normal user accounts.

    Kari
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  9. #19


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8 Pro. x64


    Thanks Kari! I'm not sure what fixed it, but it's working now. I secure erased my SSDs, installed Windows and redid that whole process of moving the user folders again.
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