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User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

  1. #300


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 Pro Preview


    Hello Kari,
    I've used the following answer file to move the users folder to the D:\ partition.

    Code:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> 
    <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend"> 
        <settings pass="oobeSystem"> 
           <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> 
              <FolderLocations> 
                 <ProfilesDirectory>d:\Users</ProfilesDirectory> 
              </FolderLocations> 
           </component> 
        </settings> 
        <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:G:/sources/install.wim#Windows 8.1 Pro Preview" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" /> 
    </unattend>
    The installation disc was in the dvd drive (G:) and the image was downloaded directly from Microsoft (Dreamspark). It's the 64 bit version.

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  2. #301


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


    Quote Originally Posted by ds2k5 View Post
    Hello Kari,
    I've used the following answer file to move the users folder to the D:\ partition.

    Code:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> 
    <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend"> 
        <settings pass="oobeSystem"> 
           <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> 
              <FolderLocations> 
                 <ProfilesDirectory>d:\Users</ProfilesDirectory> 
              </FolderLocations> 
           </component> 
        </settings> 
        <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:G:/sources/install.wim#Windows 8.1 Pro Preview" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" /> 
    </unattend>
    The installation disc was in the dvd drive (G and the image was downloaded directly from Microsoft (Dreamspark). It's the 64 bit version.
    Can't find any errors in your answer file. When in Audit Mode, you have created the drive D: as the new location for the Users folder and secured it's formatted and emtpy, and checked in Disk Management that all drive letters are what they are supposed to be?

    To further investigate this, please tell me where did you save the answer file?
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  3. #302


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 Pro Preview


    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    Can't find any errors in your answer file. When in Audit Mode, you have created the drive D: as the new location for the Users folder and secured it's formatted and emtpy, and checked in Disk Management that all drive letters are what they are supposed to be?

    To further investigate this, please tell me where did you save the answer file?
    I'm actually not sure if I checked the drive letters in audit mode or right before booting to it, might have been in "normal mode". The D: partition I created and formatted during the windows installation process. After the installation I had copied some data to it, but before booting into audit mode, I deleted everything, so it was empty. The answer file was saved as "C:\relocate.xml".

    I assume the answer file was processed properly as the Users folder was indeed moved to D:, but I might not have checked if the dvd drive was assigned the same letter in audit mode (it's usb connected, which might make it even more likely). Is it possible that the source files weren't found due to a wrong drive letter, or would the process have been aborted?
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  4. #303


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


    The fact that the Users folder was moved tells that sysprep has worked.

    Please post the following files here for analyze:
    • C:\Windows\Panther\setupact.log
    • C:\Windows\Panther\setuperr.log
    • C:\Windows\Panther\unattend.xml

    Use the [CODE]Your code here[/CODE] to post said files, each file within its own CODE tags.

    Kari
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  5. #304


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 Pro Preview


    According to the timestamps the files in "Panther" contain only information about the original installation, however there was a folder called "UnattendGC" (inside Panther), which contained "setupact.log" and "setuperr.log" as well. The setuperr.log files in both folders were empty, but the setupact.log in "UnattendGC" also contains logs timestamped "2013-07-18" (the day I moved the users folder), whereas the copy in the "Panther" contains only timestamps of the 17th (when I reinstalled the system). I've attached both setupact.log files (setupact2.log is the on from the UnattendGC subfolder) and the unattend.xml. I added the .txt extension so I could upload them; apparently they are too large to post as [CODE].

    One thing I realized while skimming through the files is that I've screwed up during the reinstall. After the first failed attempt I also realized I had installed the system in Legacy (Bios) mode using MBR partitioning instead of UEFI mode with GPT, so I disabled legacy support in the bios and changed my SSD to GPT. Unfortunately I haven't changed my HDD (where D: is located) to GPT, so it still uses MBR partitions. However, since I had the same problems the first time, when all partitions where MBR (thus at least consistent), I still don't think that to be the source of the trouble.

    EDIT: Is it just me, or do the attachments not appear in the post?!
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  6. #305


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


    No, it's not just you. Can't see your attachments.
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  7. #306


    Posts : 2
    windows 8 pro w/MC


    I went ahead and tried it myself last night and it worked but I have now been encountering some minor issues and an annoying HomeGroup issue that appears to be quite common. When I had to go through the OOBE settings I created a new local user to be my Administrator level account and signed into it. At this point, for no good reason other than I was sleepy and not thinking straight, I deleted my previous (Microsoft) user account. After I did this, there was still a User folder with AppData(I think?) so I deleted it manually (select, delete). I restarted and recreated the Microsoft account. So the last, very minor issue is that under D/Users/<UserID> my UserID is not "Martin" as it was before, but mdmart_000. I don't really care as long as it doesn't cause any issues but any idea what happened here or whether I can change it?

    The second issue is that I can't join or create a HomeGroup. When I tried to join an existing HomeGroup I received an error that said this computer can't join homegroups. So I quit the existing Homegroup on my W7 laptop and tried to create one from the new W8 installation. I get a message that says the computer found an existing homegroup and to join it from the Control Panel. But that doesn't work because I end up in the same place.

    So I ran the HomeGroup troubleshooter and I get a response that the Peer Name Resolution Protocol service is not running. When I try to start manually, I get: "Windows could not start the Peer Name Resolution Protocol service on Local Computer. Error 0x80630203: Unable to access a key." And that's where I'm currently at.

    I don't know if this is at all related to the sysprep script but homegroup worked prior to it and hasn't worked after it. Any ideas?
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  8. #307


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 Pro Preview


    Since the attachments don't work, here are my log files:

    ..\Panther\UnattendGC\setupact.log: PantherUnattendGCsetupact.log - Pastebin.com
    ..\Panther\setupact.log: Panthersetupact.log - Pastebin.com
    ..\Panther\unattend.xml: Pantherunattend.xml - Pastebin.com
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  9. #308


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8


    Hello everyone!

    I'm successfully transfer my User Profile to disk E: according the instruction above, but came across with couple of weird issues after this.
    First, Metro applications are not working anymore. They start and hang.
    Second, built in Internet Explorer refuse to resolve file associations, e.g. I can't save torrent link because it is not recognized as torrent file and described as download.php=id.345? and so on.
    I think the reason is broken paths of folders inside User directory but have no idea how to fix it. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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  10. #309


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8


    I followed the instructions and my User folder has been moved, but now all my programs seem to be able to load there settings from the new folder location, but not write new settings to the new user folder location, so any time I change a playlist in Foobar it cannot save those changes when I exit, Open Broadcast Software cannot remember any new scenes I add to it (which as someone who streams games every day is really frustrating), no one can connect to my locally hosted Team Speak 3 server including the PC I am hosting it on using local host as the address when I try to connect.

    All in all yes I have moved the User folder, but that seems to have either stopped my programs working at all or frozen all their settings to what they were when I moved it!
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