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User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

  1. #120


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


    I have refreshed Windows 8 with relocated Users, no problems. Same with repair issue, no problems.

    The thing is that this method changes the value of Windows internal environment variable ProfilesDirectory. It is then so to say hard coded on system; when refresh or repair install checks the system it only notifies the value of ProfilesDirectory variable and continues accordingly.

    Changing the value of variable the folder is no longer "moved". The new location is as far as system sees it the default location.

    Kari

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  2. #121


    Posts : 3
    windows 8 pro 64

    Program Files


    Thank you kari Good to know

    Regarding the complexity of redirecting the program files folder as your poster desired a page back, I am curious as to why this would wish to be done, what benefit ensues?

    My personal aim is to have windows as a fundamentally read only partition where possible. (unix background sorry) thus moving dynamic areas such as user and app data makes sense for backup and space management purposes.

    If it is just space on the SSD that is the issue, surely installing third party Programs to a folder on a separate partition (in my case "h:\program files") is far and away the simplest approach, no desire to wish to risk breaking anything for the sake of altering one drive letter on the install screen.


    Am curious as to what i am missing here?
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  3. #122


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


    Quote Originally Posted by BadWulf View Post
    Regarding the complexity of redirecting the program files folder as your poster desired a page back, I am curious as to why this would wish to be done, what benefit ensues?
    I believe the goal was / is to free HDD space on C:, but as every user can check themselves the Program Files and Program Files (x86) are surprisingly small, not taking much space. This is because they only contain the static part of programs, user specific dynamic appdata being already relocated Users is moved as told in this tutorial.

    Quote Originally Posted by BadWulf View Post
    My personal aim is to have windows as a fundamentally read only partition where possible. (unix background sorry) thus moving dynamic areas such as user and app data makes sense for backup and space management purposes.
    I agree with you, see above.

    Quote Originally Posted by BadWulf View Post
    If it is just space on the SSD that is the issue, surely installing third party Programs to a folder on a separate partition (in my case "h:\program files") is far and away the simplest approach, no desire to wish to risk breaking anything for the sake of altering one drive letter on the install screen.
    The question is how many times an average user must install something? Once a day? Even if it was ten apps a day continuously it would only take a few seconds to click ten times Browse button to define alternate install location.


    Quote Originally Posted by BadWulf View Post
    Am curious as to what i am missing here?
    I think you are missing nothing

    Kari
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  4. #123


    Posts : 2
    WIN8


    I have read your instructions and they are very concise and easy to follow. However I am going to use this instruction on a new pre-installed WIN8 laptop and I am a little confused by Line 11. I have no CD or USB only the installed program so is image.wim the correct source for me to use?
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  5. #124


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


    Hi Squibbs, welcome to the Eight Forums.

    What is the make and the model of your PC? Does it have no CD/DVD drive or USB slots?

    Kari
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  6. #125


    Posts : 6
    Win8


    Hi Kari,

    I have one more question. Can I change the size of my two partitions during the installation of Win8 in the audit mode? Or can I change the sizes after I installed Win8? Because I have both C:/ and D:/ 100GB of SSD at the moment.
    How much will I need for the Windows and Program partition?
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  7. #126


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


    Seb, you can use Windows built-in Disk Management as usual in Audit Mode, to manage your partitions and disks.

    I have a personal rule of minimum 60 GB for a Windows 7 or 8 system partition. If you can afford more even better but one of the most annoying things is when the Windows starts telling you have no more space.

    Kari
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  8. #127


    Posts : 6
    Win8


    Hi Kari,

    Tank you for that perfect instruction. The best is, that this routine even kept all my data. Perhaps you could make an hint for this. I was a bit afraid that I had to reinstall and set up everything. There were only two programs asking for some data.

    Best regards
    Seb
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  9. #128


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit


    I'm interesting in relocating the user folders, but have a similar situation as a few of the posters above. I ordered a Lenovo Thinkpad W530 which came with a pre-installed version of Windows 8 Pro 64-bit, therefore it will not allow me to download an ISO as the product key doesn't allow the download of the retail version (it states this when i tried on the website).

    I have created the windows 8 recovery media, and installed Windows 8 on my SSD, and now wish to move the user folders to my secondary HD, but unsure of whether or not it will work due to my lack of the windows 8 ISO. It doesn't look like there is any install.wim on the usb I made with the recovery media, but there are several other install files with the .swm extension.

    Does anyone know if I will be able to relocate, or will it screw up once it tries to find the proper files on my usb?

    Here is a screenshot of the majority of what's on the usb.

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    Thanks!
    Bob
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  10. #129


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


    Hi Bob, welcome to the Eight Forums.

    I see no reason why it shouldn't work. The most important thing is that sysprep finds install.wim while processing the answer file. Only way to find out is to test.

    If sysprep fails, the worst case scenario is you need to restore a backup or reinstall. If you backup your personal data it should not be a problem.

    Kari
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