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Moving folders broke Metro, can this be fixed?

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1

    Moving folders broke Metro, can this be fixed?


    I just got an SSD and did extensive research (I've done almost nothing else today and yesterday) on how to have the SSD as a boot drive for Windows and use my HDD as storage for files that don't require fast read and write times like documents and programs (not games). I ended up doing what the guy in this video does, with a few deviations to make the process work for Windows 8, which I will list out below:
    Delete all partitions
    Install Windows on SSD
    Reboot into Audit mode (ctrl+shift+f3 at setup)
    Open Admin level command line
    Create 2 NTFS partitions for Users and Program Files on HDD
    robocopy Program Files, Program Files (x86), Users, ProgramData (with correct options and paths)
    mklink /j Program Files, Program Files (x86), Users (again with correct paths)
    regedit (changed values exactly as he does in the video at about 13:50)
    reboot into setup, finish setup, now I'm here.

    Everything works great, except everything having to do with Metro (start screen) is broken. I can go to the Start screen, where all tiles now have an x in the bottom right corner, but all metro apps crash. Running the Apps Diagnostic provided by Microsoft finds that:
    1. The Windows Store cache might be damaged
    2. The Windows Store configuration might be damaged
    3. Display Adapter drivers might be out of date.
    I tried this once earlier and was able to get the store and settings working again, which is enough for me. I never use any apps besides settings, and then only when the settings aren't available in the desktop control panel. However, this time I can't get the store and settings working again. I think the problem is that I moved ProgramData, which I didn't do last time. Would moving ProgramData back and changing the related registry values fix the problem?

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    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    robocopy Program Files, Program Files (x86), Users, ProgramData (with correct options and paths)

    there is your problem...

    the proper way to move those folders is to right click on them, select properties and then location (change to your data drive)..
    This tells the system where they are and the apps where to find them..
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    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Alright, moving ProgramData back and changing the registry value back fixed the problem, I can now use the store and settings, as well as some apps. However, I think it's possible to fix all of the apps and would like to know if anyone has a suggestion.
    I uninstalled mail, calendars, and people (you have to uninstall all 3 at once), then tried to reinstall it. That gives me error 0xd00000bb. Can anyone tell me what this error is?
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    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    the proper way to move those folders is to right click on them, select properties and then location (change to your data drive)..
    This tells the system where they are and the apps where to find them..
    That doesn't always work, there are many folders where it is impossible to change the location simply by clicking on properties. Robocopy on a recovery partition is guaranteed to move every file because nothing is being used by the system.
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    "Robocopy on a recovery partition is guaranteed to move every file because nothing is being used by the system."

    seen no mention of a recovery partition in your post, sorry.. but you undid something you did and got some function back..
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Depending on the size of the SSD you can write windows in a compressed state and only need about 8GB of space
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    Windows 8.1


    That was my mistake, I should have mentioned I did some of the copying from the recovery command line. Anyway, I'm getting that error with the Windows App Store and don't see any solution online, other than that the problem is either with my computer being unable to access the internet through the Metro UI (not the case) or system files are corrupted (more likely, although they aren't actually corrupted). Hopefully someone has a solution, but otherwise I can live without those few apps if it means I get to use my computer in this configuration.
    I would think Microsoft would make doing this a little easier and much less buggy; they say they don't support the configuration but it really wouldn't be hard to. Most if not all Linux distributions are fine with having user files on a separate partition and many even recommend such a configuration, and none of them have issues letting users apply upgrades with that configuration.
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Microsoft does not do what you are trying to do - so why would they consider supporting it.. They do it in a different way and it seems to work as intended.. They use 16GB drives and a 64GB SD card
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    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    What are you talking about? Phones? Computers don't usually use SD cards, and the majority of Microsoft's customers are on PCs. PCs can have any number of hardware combinations. Microsoft's "one OS, one partition" system doesn't work as intended when users want to have a combination of hard drives for one OS, so that's why they should consider supporting it.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Modern Apps will not work if their files, shortcuts, etc. are removed from the system directory because they all run in separate app containers through Application Frame Hosts and Brokers from within 'System32'.
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