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User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

  1. #280


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


    Hi Teknon, welcome to the Eight Forums.

    You must have a Windows 8 install media, either DVD or an ISO file. This tutorial tells you how to obtain an official Windows 8 ISO file: https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ad-create.html

    Kari

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  2. #281


    Posts : 25
    win 8 64 bit


    Hi Kari, I love that I found this post, it is exactly what I am looking for. My question to you would be I have separate partition on my c: that has the recovery system on it, can I just reference the c: for the installation (line 10). My system is an msi GT70 dragon with the raided ssd's for primary drive 128gb, and 750gb spindle drive for secondary. Thanks for your thoughts and thanks again for posting this tip.

    Ken
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  3. #282


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


    I answered a similar question just before your post. Read the question (two posts before yours) and my answer.
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  4. #283


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    Hi,

    Is it possible to do this with a Windows 8 OEM ?

    I have an MSI notebook GE70 2OE with Windows 8. I have 5 DVD to reinstall Windows 8 but in folder (optical drive)/sources/install.wim there is no install.wim file but a file name boot.wim. Can I use it and change the name in the script ?

    And I don't known my product key which is in the bios/firmware.

    Is there a solution ?

    Many thanks for your how to and for your help
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  5. #284


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


    Hello Braan, welcome to the Eight Forums.

    You need install.wim / original Windows install media. See post #280 in this thread to learn how to obtain one.

    You will need the product key, see this tutorial: Product Key - Find for Windows 8

    warning   Warning
    Always make a full backup or create a system image before sysprepping your Windows PC. Sysprepping a Secure Boot / UEFI PC with pre-installed Windows 8, see this article for a workaround for a possible "Product Key Do Not Match" issue


    Kari
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  6. #285


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    Thanks for the answer Kari,

    Ok now I have my product key but I can't download a Windows 8 iso from Microsoft because it's an OEM key.

    "You will not be able to use a factory OEM Windows 8 product key with a retail Windows 8 ISO file"

    What can I do ?
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  7. #286


    Posts : 25
    win 8 64 bit


    Kari, on my msi gt70 I have the option to create my recovery as a bootable usb drive can I use this for my installation media and direct the script towards ( install.wim) or would I have the same issue as braan, of oem win8 and retail iso ?
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  8. #287


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


    @Braan: See if this article offers a workaround for you: Solve Windows 8 Clean Installation Product Key Do Not Match Problem | INFOSOFTone

    Anyway, if you are sysprepping an existing system you will not reinstall, you just need the install.wim file for sysprep to work.

    @Apprenticegamer: You could test it, create the recovery media and see if the install.wim is there. I doubt it, though.
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  9. #288


    Posts : 2
    windows 8 pro 64 bit

    System appeared to hang with circular spin in step 3


    Hi Kari,

    Existing windows 8 pro system 64 bit (Not Upgraded fresh install)

    I have my folders relocated from c:\Users\Paul to D:\Users\Paul using the properties/location tab but want to start using dropbox which keeps its database in AppData which still resides on my C drive and as I recover an image of my C drive every so often to remove the clutter, I wanted to move the AppData to my D drive and thought your method would suit.

    To be on the safe side I relocated all my folders back to the C drive and renamed D:\Users to D:\Users-org just in case sysprep did not like an existing directory, it was only 10GB and didn't take long.

    I downloaded your relocate.xml file and changed the E drive for the users profiles to D and cpi:source to E from F. The original install was F but I changed the drive letter to E after the install.

    Followed your steps to the letter all appeared well until step 3 when on starting boot up it just gave the circular spin on the screen, I left this for over an 2 hours and nothing changed, so gave up and reset and the system which gave a fatal error on booting, I recovered my image and D:\Users\Paul\AppData\ had been created and that was all.

    Question is, did I need to relocate my folders back to the C drive or could I have just left them where they were? and could I have caused a problem changing the drive letter for the DVD performed the windows installation on?

    Regards

    Paul
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  10. #289


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


    Hi Paul, welcome to the Eight Forums.

    Before proceeding you need to completely move the folders relocated using Location tab back to their original locations, then empty (wipe) the drive where they were located. The reason is, relocating with an answer file and sysprep there can't be any system folders located in the new target location, and as the folders were marked by the system as system folders they need to be completely wiped before sysprep can use this location.

    To put it short, the target drive / partition should be totally empty when running sysprep with relocation answer file. In any case it must not contain any system files and folders from any current or previous Windows installation.

    Kari
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