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Install windows 8.1 update

  1. #1


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    Windows 8 Pro

    Install windows 8.1 update


    hi, i had windows 7 installed when i purchased my pc, it has 2 drives, 1 ssd and 1 normal hdd, the os is on the ssd and the user folder is on the other, i upgraded to windows 8 and everything is fine except now i would like to update to windows 8.1, i can't update to 8.1 apparently because of my setup, what's the easiest way to update

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Paul, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You will need to move your user folder back to the Windows drive (C: ) first.

    Afterwards, you should be able to update to 8.1.
    After you have finished updating, you can move the user folder to where you like again.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8 Pro


    hi, i can't move my user folder as it's too big too fit on my ssd
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  4. #4


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Depending on the content, are you able to leave the non essential files (ex: music, documents, etc...) themselves on the other drive in another folder to be able to restore your user folder back to C: ?

    This way after the update to 8.1, you could just simply copy the files back after moving the user folder again.

    If you updated to 8.1 without moving the user folder back, you would essentially be starting over with a new user profile. The folder you have on the other drive and it's contents will still be there, but just no longer associated with a user account.
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  5. #5


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    Windows 8 Pro


    how would i move the user folder without the following

    music
    videos
    documents
    photos
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  6. #6


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    You would still need to move those folders with your user profile, but you would move the contents of those folders to another location first so that they are not as large when moving the folder back to C:.
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    Windows 8 Pro


    ok thanks 1 last question how do i move user, will copy and paste work
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  8. #8


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    You can copy and paste the contents to another location before moving the user folder, but you will not be able to just copy and paste the the actual user folder back to C: .

    What method did you use to move the user folder originally? You would need to use the same method, but in reverse to move it back to C: .
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  9. #9


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    Windows 8 Pro


    i didn't it came pre-configured like that when i purchased it
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  10. #10


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    64-bit Windows 10


    That's an odd setup to have out of the box. Was this a new or used PC you purchased this way? What brand and model number is your PC?

    What did it say when you tried to upgrade to 8.1?
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