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User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

  1. #130


    Posts : 2
    WIN8


    Hi Kari
    I have got a Sony Vaio laptop and it does have a dvd drive and usb connections. WIN8 64 bit pre-installed and your procedure says you need a program disc but can I use the procedure without one. If I can what would I put on Line 11? As you can tell I am not completely computer savvy!!

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  2. #131


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit


    Just read this (How to Split a Windows Image (.swm) File to Span Across Multiple DVDs) to understand what .wim and .swm files are and wondering if i need to change any of the code in line 11.

    When the sysprep is looking for the install.wim file, do you know if it will recognize the four install.swm files as a the full install.wim? Or should I be changing the code in line 11 to include the split files install.swm - install2.swm - install3.swm and install4.swm?

    Thanks for all the help!

    Bob


    Quote Originally Posted by bobdeutscher View Post
    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.

    Attachment 16196

    Thanks!
    Bob
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  3. #132


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


    Quote Originally Posted by bobdeutscher View Post

    When the sysprep is looking for the install.wim file, do you know if it will recognize the four install.swm files as a the full install.wim? Or should I be changing the code in line 11 to include the split files install.swm - install2.swm - install3.swm and install4.swm?
    No to both questions. It will not recognize parts of wim file and you can't add all parts to cpi:source statement.

    Sysprep needs to find install.wim, it is only looking for this one file.

    Kari
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  4. #133


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit


    Thanks for the quick response! Was just reading the second row of the table here (Image Management Command-Line Options), specifically this line:

    /SWMFile enables you to reference split .wim files (SWMs). pattern is the naming pattern and location of split files. You can also specify wildcard characters. For example, "E:\image\install*.swm" will apply all of the split files in the E:\image directory named install1.swm, install2.swm, and so on.
    Since there is no install.wim file (as it has been split into four), after reading this, should i be changing the code in line 11 to: (replacing install.wim with install*.swm)

    <cpifflineImage cpi:source="wim:F:/sources/install*.swm#
    Windows 8" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />

    Thanks again, just looking to get it right the first time hopefully!
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  5. #134


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


    I have never done it so honestly I do not know.

    Instructions you quoted are as far as I understand for creating a wim image and as such might not apply here. Windows setup, the normal installation procedure might even recognize them (it), but I doubt sysprep does.

    Here's an idea: Download the free 90 day trial of Windows 8 Enterprise and use it instead (Download Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation). Theoretically speaking it could work better, as the parts sysprep needs from install.win are not edition specific.

    Download links for x86 and x64 versions at the bottom of the page. Be sure to download correct bit version!

    Kari
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  6. #135


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit


    Thanks for all the help! Used the free trial and everything worked no problem!
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  7. #136


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


    That's good to hear.
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  8. #137


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyfleck View Post
    First, I'd like to thank you guys for everything here. It was a lot of help on my journey.

    I have a 128gb SSD and a 1TB HDD. Not much different than what most people have.

    I installed Windows normally, booted into audit mode and ran the relocate script. I included moving the ProgramData folder as well as the Users folder.

    When I finally got to sign in with my user account which I created, like everyone else, I couldn't access any Metro apps or settings. So I set out to figure out how to fix this. After reinstalling Windows about 4 times I finally figured it out. I haven't found anyone else, anywhere on the Internet, who has figured this out so I hope that it can help somebody.

    After you're finished following the tutorial Kari posted:

    1) WinKey+R to launch the run dialog
    2) regedit (press ctrl+shift+enter to run in elevated mode)
    3) HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx
    4) Right click on Appx and edit permissions
    5) Click Advanced
    6) At the top it says Owner: xxxxx Change
    7) Click Change
    8) Add yourself as an owner
    9) Apply new settings, Ok
    10) Give yourself permissions as Full Control
    11) Apply, Ok
    12) Right click PackageRepositoryRoot registry key and click Modify
    13) Change the C:\ to your new drive. In my case it looks like this: D:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\AppRepository
    14) Click Ok
    15) Restart Windows

    That should be it, worked for me, hopefully it helps out some others!

    Done this, i've gotten more functionality, but I am having problems installing items, i get Can not access Network Drive when trying to install Itunes as an example, I am also failing on updates. This is DISGUSTING at this stage, Microsoft always releases ONE Junk OS, before they release a Different! I thought that Changed but it's obvious it has not....
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  9. #138


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    BTW thanks Kari for the Original post, I would have been totally lost without it.... It really is disgusting that at this stage MS, doesn't have this fully Automated and Supported... Then they wonder why so many people are moving to Mac...
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  10. #139


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    I redid my system from SCRATCH, Starting with Kari's post and finishing with Anthony, it's working better, but there are still some Applications like Itunes I can't install, and Windows Defender will not function.... I guess I will do this with only Moving the user Directories, but this is really disappointing..
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