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User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

  1. #260


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro

    sysprep issue - done


    Worked like a charm... one pesky little added hyphen shut the whole thing down. Thanks for your help.

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  2. #261


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


    Good to hear you got it sorted. It could only be misspelling or drive letter, judging by your error messages.

    Kari
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  3. #262


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit


    Hi Kari

    Thanks for he tutorial. I found that using symbolic links (which worked so well in Windows 7) do not work with Windows 8 (or at least not for me. I have found your method works every time. Unfortunately I have had to use it way to often. I have not been able to get a stable Windows 8 install and have reinstalled/restored the system backup probably 4 times since February this year (admittedly the first was due to a failed SSD).

    One disadvantage to this method is that Windows 8 will not do a refresh if the users have been moved off the boot drive.

    Enough rambling and on to my question; Could the moving of users to another disk cause profile errors?
    My biggest problem has been the error: "The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded". When this happens I am unable to log into my profile (a non-administrator) and the administrator profile does not appear so I cannot even try to log in as administrator. I have tried the solutions suggested both in other threads on eightforums as well as on the Microsoft forums. So far the only solution I have found is to either restore by original installation (Yes I followed your suggestion and created an image) or to perform a complete reinstall.


    Your thoughts on the mater will be greatly appreciated.
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  4. #263


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


    Hi Ndg, welcome to the Eight Forums.

    As far as I know there's no correlation between non-default location of user profile folders and profile errors. As the change is made in Windows environment variables changing Windows defaults, Windows sees no difference. For instance I can remember having user profile error and needing to recreate my user profile only once, years ago with Windows 7 where user profile folder were not moved.

    A shot in the dark but have you changed default group policies? If the "Do not log users on with temporary profiles" is enabled it increase the risk to get user profile errors.

    Kari
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  5. #264


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit


    I did not think the non-standard location was really the cause, but I need to start somewhwere.

    Sadly I have done nothing so obvious as to mess with policies. When this last happened (last night) I was installing blu ray burning software. Windows froze at the end of the installation. After a hard reset, I had the profile issue.

    Oh, well, that's what backups are for.

    Thank you for the time and trouble you take to assist others with WIndows.
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  6. #265


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


    Of all user folders, the AppData and its subfolders are the most important and most volatile. Your profile becoming damaged could have been due the installation crash while writing to AppData\Local or AppData\Roaming.

    You could try searching the Event Viewer for event ID 4625, failed logon, and see if you find more hints (Tutorial: Event Viewer - Monitor User Account Activity in Windows 8).

    Kari
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  7. #266


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by bertieb View Post

    Unfortunately I got the error "Windows cannot complete the isntallation in safe mode. To continue installing Windows, restart the computer". Inevitably, on restarting not in safe mode I got the error I would normally get:

    "Windows could not complete the isntallation. To install Windows on this computer, restart the isntallation"

    I am in the process of backing up the USERDATA partition I have, the next attempt will be without a J:\Users directory existing.
    bertieb, you are doing the right thing. I have found that this method of moving the users to another disk does not work if the \Users\ folder already exists in the new location.
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  8. #267


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    Of all user folders, the AppData and its subfolders are the most important and most volatile. Your profile becoming damaged could have been due the installation crash while writing to AppData\Local or AppData\Roaming.

    You could try searching the Event Viewer for event ID 4625, failed logon, and see if you find more hints (Tutorial: Event Viewer - Monitor User Account Activity in Windows 8).

    Kari
    Thanks

    I will see what I can find when I get home tonight.
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  9. #268


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by ndg View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    You could try searching the Event Viewer for event ID 4625, failed logon, and see if you find more hints (Tutorial: Event Viewer - Monitor User Account Activity in Windows 8). Kari
    Thanks I will see what I can find when I get home tonight.
    When I got things running again I did not find anything for event ID 4625. However, your comments did inspire me (some would call it a duh moment) to boot off the install disc and use system restore to roll back to prior to the bluray software install. All is back to normal and I was able to install the bluray software using the administrator account. Nic
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  10. #269


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


    That was good to hear! I had some kind of shortcut in my brain, system restore should have been first thing for me to suggest .
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