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User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

  1. #140


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


    Hi Loremaster, welcome to the Eight Forums.

    The thing with ProgramData is that it's where Windows Store App Repository is located. I have had so much issues when App repository is relocated that I have given up, all my systems have ProgramData on C: as by default and I will not even try to move it anymore, although the mklink method, creating a junction works quite well.

    My recommendation is and will be only to relocate Users.

    Kari

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  2. #141


    Posts : 12
    Windows 7 Ultimate


    Hi

    I had a Windows 8 installation on a SSD and had a moved \users\xxxx\ folder to a secondary HDD. My Win8 installation now looking to be corrupt (long story, nothing to do with moving the User\xxx folder). I need to reinstall Windows 8. So I already have a secondary drive with a users folder and one user under that folder with all my data and settings. Can I point to that already existing folder or could I potentially loose that information?

    Or should I rename that users folder before the reinstall process and just move files from the old location to the new one when needed?
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  3. #142


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


    It would be best if the drive had no previous user data on it, so the best option is to back up your users to an external drive and reformat the drive.

    If this is not possible, rename the Users. Please notice you need to do this when not booted to your current installation. You can do this for instance by booting with install media to Recovery Console and using command prompt find the drive (drive letters used are different when in recovery console!) and rename it.

    To get recovery command prompt when booting with install media, follow these steps after initial language and keyboard settings are asked:

    Command Prompt - Boot to at Startup in Windows 8


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    Last edited by Brink; 12 Feb 2013 at 11:24. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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  4. #143


    Posts : 12
    Windows 7 Ultimate


    Thanks Kari, renaming sounds like a plan (plus backing up just in case).
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  5. #144


    Posts : 12
    Windows 7 Ultimate


    I did the rename and it all worked out perfect. As I reinstall programs, I can just move their associated files from appdata, etc to the new users folder location. This was a great tutorial. But it was this line "Let it run, donít touch mouse or keyboard now. When System Preparation Tool is ready, Windows must and will reboot. It reboots back to Audit Mode." is where I had to assume I needed to remove my Win8 USB installation stick prior the reboot. It turned out my assumption was correct.
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  6. #145


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Brad P View Post
    But it was this line "Let it run, don’t touch mouse or keyboard now. When System Preparation Tool is ready, Windows must and will reboot. It reboots back to Audit Mode." is where I had to assume I needed to remove my Win8 USB installation stick prior the reboot. It turned out my assumption was correct.
    I do not understand what you mean?

    The install media (where the install.wim is) must be connected and available throughout whole sysprep process, it should not be disconnected when sysprep reboots.
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  7. #146


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Thank you Kari for the welcome, it's an honor to be part of such a good group of helpful people. I finally got Windows 8 running with ONLY the users directory being move to another volume. I also moved my Virtual Drive as well. But I must say I am extremely appalled that not only does Windows have no AUTOMATIC way of doing this! With the way that Window's Bloats, and how easily it still gets taken down by Malware and Tojans, Windows should be totally Modular, user data should always be separate and protected...
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  8. #147


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    My next project is to get my Iphone, Ipad to sync all data with Windows 8 without using Itunes... *sigh*
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  9. #148


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Loremaster View Post
    My next project is to get my Iphone, Ipad to sync all data with Windows 8 without using Itunes... *sigh*
    That is a project that interests me and others, too, so by all means if you find a nice solution and get it working, start a thread and share your findings .
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  10. #149


    UK
    Posts : 177
    Win 8


    I sync all contacts and appointments via iCloud keeping my iPad, iPhone, my wife's iPad and iPhone and all our windows PCs in sync with Outlook (client only no exchange server). Photos sync via iCloud too. All my documents sync via a combination of Dropbox, SkyDrive, GoogleDrive and iCloud. Our mail server uses imap so my multiple mail accounts all sync across all devices. It's smooth and seamless and has no need of a so called single ecosystem. Windows 8 is irrelevant to the operation as long as all the services are supported it plays no part.
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