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User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

  1. #340


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 x64


    Tank you for your answer Brink, but the first post says the following:

    "An upgraded Windows cannot be sysprepped. As this method is based in sysprepping, this tutorial is valid only for Windows setups which have not been upgraded.

    This means that if you have for instance in-place upgraded Vista or Seven to Eight you cannot sysprep and this tutorial cannot be used in your case. The same applies if you have upgraded Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro."

    Is there anyway you can confirm what you just said? I'd like to be 100% sure before I screw up anything. Thanks!

    PS: I do have an original CD with Windows 8 Pro if that is relevant in any way.

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  2. #341


    Posts : 22,020
    64-bit Windows 10


    Yes, I would recommend to move the user profiles back to C before upgrading to Pro.

    Personally, I would recommend to always keep your user profile on C. If you're tight on HDD space, you might consider this below to be able to access the files from your libraries with the files actually located where you like instead.

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  3. #342


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 x64


    And would I be able to sysprep again? I've got a few hundred GB in those folders so need to move everything somewhere else first as I don't have space in C: for that. The reason I do it is to be able to format without too much work moving things around. I also like to have the AppData folder moved because of my email client and browser/etc that will fill up my C drive if I don't do it and this is the only way I know of doing that.
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  4. #343


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Not unless you do a clean install instead.
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  5. #344


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 x64


    This really drives me nuts. I have a UEFI so I got the non pro version installed by default and it doesn't prompt for key. God... thanks for your help!
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  6. #345


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Pro


    The following information may be helpful for people attempting this operation.

    FolderLocations

    It includes a link to known issues with changing the location of the User Folder and Program Data folders, including which folders may need a junction established once sysprep has run.
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  7. #346


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8


    Hi Kari, great work. Clear instructions although I am not to familiar with what I have been doing.
    Users have been moved. I had already installed Windows with one user but your procedure worked like a breeze and on my SSD C: drive the users are completely gone and only on the D: drive.
    I also changed the programm folder to work with the D: drive to leave my SSD with only the system files.

    But now something strange is happening, Internet Explorer only shows a short start up screen but does not come through. It just dissappears again. I switched on/off the internet explorer from the Windows features and now IE is nicely installed on the D: drive.

    I copied back to users (just copy) appdata to the C: drive but to no result.

    What else can I try?

    I do not care too much about IE as there are alternatives which work as well but I fear that other windows embedded programms might show the same problem as and when I need them.

    Thanks for your thoughts.

    Wim
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  8. #347


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8

    Moving users folder on HP Envy X2 - different .wim files


    I have an HP Envy X2 laptop with an SSD C drive that is only 64GB. I have other SD drives in the computer and would like to move the users folder so other things, including my SkyDrive, are moved as well. I followed the procedure as closely as I could, but it will still not move the users folder.

    Where I run into a problem is that when I create my recovery media, it does not have the correct .wim file. The .wim files that are there are: build.wim (309,154 KB) and ESP.wim (18,129 KB). I have tried to point to each of those when following the instructions, but I am still unsuccessful in moving the folder.

    If anyone has any suggestions, I'd certainly appreciate it.
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  9. #348


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center


    Because I moved my user folder off my SSD (C:/) and onto my HDD (D:/) it looks like I can't install windows 8.1.

    Anyone know of a way around this or am I going to have to move my user folder back to C:/ install 8.1 then move back to D:/?
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  10. #349


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by AzureShadow View Post
    Because I moved my user folder off my SSD (C:/) and onto my HDD (D:/) it looks like I can't install windows 8.1.

    Anyone know of a way around this or am I going to have to move my user folder back to C:/ install 8.1 then move back to D:/?
    Yup getting the same problem today.
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