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User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

  1. #290


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8


    Did everything and it works flawlessly on Windows 8 HOWEVER...

    If you attempt to install Windows 8.1 preview via the apps it WILL NOT WORK.

    Anyone have a solution to this?

    Edit: Actually all other Apps update and install fine. Any solution to installing Windows 8.1 then?
    Last edited by titansan; 12 Jul 2013 at 17:02.

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  2. #291


    Posts : 2
    windows 8 pro 64 bit

    System appeared to hang with circular spin in step 3


    Hi Kari,

    I took your advise and relocated my folders back to the C drive using the location tab, I then formatted my D drive to clear it out and tried again; exactly the same result "System appeared to hang with circular spin in step 3 "

    not wanting to beaten I went back to an image of the system just after loading windows but before using the location tab to move my folders to the D Drive and everything works.

    It must be something I have loaded since then but I have no idea what, I suppose the question is, do I want to customize my system all over again or just copy the AppData folder to my D drive and make a symbolic link unless you can think of something else to try?


    Regards

    Paul
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  3. #292


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


    @ Titansan: First, welcome to the Eight Forums. There are several reasons why the 8.1 update through store might not work, sysprepped system doesn't have to be the culprit. I can only tell that of those two sysprepped Windows 8 machines I upgraded to 8.1, one was OK to upgrade through Store, the other one failed so I had to do a clean install using downloaded 8.1 ISO file.

    @ Paul: That's of course up to you, but as the sysprep method is so effective and easy and more secure than links and junctions, I always prefer it.

    Kari
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  4. #293


    Posts : 3
    Win 8


    Hi Duxuforest, welcome to the Eight Forums.

    If you upgrade keeping your apps and files, no you don't have to do this again. If you do a clean install, then yes. In the latter case first backup your user files to an external drive, then wipe the drive where the Users main folder is located before proceeding.
    Thanks Kari

    But what's exactly the interest if anytime you re install Windows we must save all D partition data in external disk?
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  5. #294


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


    I am not sure what you mean, Nonosto. Of course if you need to reinstall, you need first backup your files and data.
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  6. #295


    Posts : 3
    Win 8


    Thank you

    I thinked with this configuration when, for exemple big crash or re installation , only format and re install windows in C, and leave all data in D.
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  7. #296


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8


    Thank you Kari! You just saved me a bunch of pain at both work and home with Windows 8 installs!
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  8. #297


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 Pro Preview


    Hello Kari,
    thank you for the detailed tutorial, but I can't get my Win 8.1 Pro Preview to work properly after moving the users folder. I've tried it twice so far. After the first failed attempt I reinstalled the system completely and tried it again. Nonetheless I got the same result: A lot of errors concerning "remote procedure calls" / "group policy client service" / "system event notification service" etc.
    After booting the system I can't even log into non-admin accounts and logging into my admin account creates a temporary account at first, only after a couple of times of logging in and out does it load my actual account. From that point on, I can also log into standard accounts. After many hours on google and trying out "solutions" for the individual errors, I haven't been able to fix the issue.
    Do you have an idea what may have gone wrong and how I could fix it? Thank you very much in advance.
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  9. #298


    Posts : 2
    windows 8 pro w/MC

    revert ProgramData move


    [QUOTE=Kari;196952]
    Quote Originally Posted by kittykatmax View Post
    You could try one fix: Boot to Audit Mode, edit the answer file removing the line about Users and editing the ProgramData line to move ProgramData back to default location:
    Code:
    ...
    <FolderLocations>
    <ProgramData>C:\ProgramData</ProgramData>
    <FolderLocations>
    ...
    Now run SysPrep with this modified answer file.

    Leaving your system as it is now will bring you issues later on. Trying the above fix might not work, forcing you to re-install. My recommendation is to reinstall, leaving ProgramData where it is and and move only the Users.
    Kari
    Hello Kari,
    So after reading through all 30 pages of the forum it's kind of hard to keep track of what's working and what's not but this seems like a good place to start. I moved the User & ProgramData directories using the method in the tutorial (except I found it elsewhere where there was no warning about ProgramData) and now I'm trying to fix it before going through a reinstall. So my questions are:

    1) Has the suggested method of running SysPrep with a modified answer file been verified?
    2) I read something about folks having issues with system folders on the data drive. What counts as system folders in the User & ProgramData directories? (I'm hoping I don't have to backup, format, and copy...)
    3) Will re-running sysprep negate the original customization I performed and require reinstallation of all 3rd party software?
    4) Any other potential issues to watch out for?

    Regards,
    Martin
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  10. #299


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


    First of all, welcome to the Eight Forums Cajungeek, Ds2k5 and Martin .

    Quote Originally Posted by cajungeek View Post
    Thank you Kari! You just saved me a bunch of pain at both work and home with Windows 8 installs!
    You are welcome. Please come back if you have any additional questions.

    Quote Originally Posted by ds2k5 View Post
    Hello Kari,
    thank you for the detailed tutorial, but I can't get my Win 8.1 Pro Preview to work properly after moving the users folder. I've tried it twice so far. After the first failed attempt I reinstalled the system completely and tried it again. Nonetheless I got the same result: A lot of errors concerning "remote procedure calls" / "group policy client service" / "system event notification service" etc.
    After booting the system I can't even log into non-admin accounts and logging into my admin account creates a temporary account at first, only after a couple of times of logging in and out does it load my actual account. From that point on, I can also log into standard accounts. After many hours on google and trying out "solutions" for the individual errors, I haven't been able to fix the issue.
    Do you have an idea what may have gone wrong and how I could fix it? Thank you very much in advance.
    Very strange. If the answer file has no errors and a valid official install media is used, this method will work. It is the official, recommended method by Microsoft to relocate the Users folder.

    Please post your answer file here, also please tell are you trying to sysprep a 32 or 64 bit windows 8.1.

    When posting code like the answer file, put it between the CODE tags. Type [CODE]Your code here[/CODE], this will put it nicely in a box like this:
    Code:
    Your code here
    I will then analyze your answer file to see if I can find the reason for your issues. Notice that I want you to post the answer file exactly as it was when you sysprepped your Windows last time with it; do not edit it before posting.

    Quote Originally Posted by mdmarti6 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    You could try one fix: Boot to Audit Mode, edit the answer file removing the line about Users and editing the ProgramData line to move ProgramData back to default location:
    ...
    ...
    ...
    ...
    1) Has the suggested method of running SysPrep with a modified answer file been verified?
    2) I read something about folks having issues with system folders on the data drive. What counts as system folders in the User & ProgramData directories? (I'm hoping I don't have to backup, format, and copy...)
    3) Will re-running sysprep negate the original customization I performed and require reinstallation of all 3rd party software?
    4) Any other potential issues to watch out for?

    Regards,
    Martin
    I can verify it but in all honesty I have used it to reverse locating of folders only in Windows 7. I will do a test install or two later today when home and test this with both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

    Kari
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