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User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

  1. #380


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1


    I'm in trouble. I followed this until I realized you needed an installation disk, then I backed out of Audit Mode and restarted. Now my computer boots up asking for my product key and to Personalize the computer with colors and wireless settings, instead of my normal login. What have I done? Please help.

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  2. #381


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1


    Phew! Turns out it was asking me to create a new user account. Not sure why, but I couldn't get to a sign-in. Had to create a local account, then switch user accounts back to my old one once I could get to the Start screen. My old account was there. I should never mess with this stuff.
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  3. #382


    Posts : 31
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I created only one user (MS account) after executing this procedure, moving the users folder on to a different partition. Worked flawlessly, about 2 weeks ago.

    Now recently tried to create one more user. It takes a long time without much hard disk activity, much to my concern. Then finally the desktop loads with NO icons, start screen, buttons on taskbar, time, tray, just NOTHING. I tried deleting and recreating with the same result.

    I opened the Users folder and saw why. There was only one folder in the new user folder : AppData. No Documents, Pictures, Downloads, nothing whatsoever.

    I don't know how it got messed up, since my first user went great. Can you give me some ideas? Registry entries? Creating another symlinked User folder for this? Please help.
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  4. #383


    Posts : 1
    windows 8.1


    Hello all. All was good today, I received my ssd, did your tutorial. Worked perfect. Moved all in my F partition. After I installed visual studio 2013 with hyper V activated all goes down. After a restart when I insert my password I get: The user profile service failed the sign in. User profile cannot be loaded.

    What can I do in this situation?
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  5. #384


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8


    Hi Kari and everyone else,

    My boss just got a new laptop, and I was trying to help him move his user folders from the C drive to the D drive using this guide. (Yes, I know, rookie mistake trying to do this on my boss's laptop!)


    I followed the guide and all was well up until I got to drafting the script for the sysprep. As the installation of Windows 8 is on a recovery partition, I wasn't sure what drive letter to use. Some googling revealed speficying C should work, and I figured that in a worst case scenario, I'd just recover from the recovery partition as there is nothing on the computer yet.


    The script ran, the laptop loaded up into Audit mode without issue, and when I then restarted into OOBE, I received an error saying that the file couldn't be found and therefore the install had failed.


    Fair enough, I thought, hopefully it will just continue to load into windows.


    No dice, unfortunately. I'm now stuck with the system saying:


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


    Pressing F9 doesn't get me into the recovery console. I can get to the BIOS with F2, but can't see any useful options.


    Edit: Holding F9 gets me into 'Recovery': Your PC needs to be repaired. A required device isn't connected or can't be accessed. Error code: 0xc000000f...'

    I've contacted Asus and played with BIOS options under their instructions and it hasn't helped. I can get to a recovery option on a Win8 boot USB I made, but it wont let me refresh, saying the HDD is locked, and when I try and repair the system it fails.


    Whilst I fully expect comments on how silly I was in doing this on a whim, I would also appreciate any thoughts on how to rectify it.


    Thanks so much,


    Paul
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  6. #385

    Metro Apps and Lowercase Drive Letters


    Many thanks to Steelgate,
    Started to notice issues with Metro Apps immediately after the procedure and this snapped everything back into working order. This may be worth mentioning in the tutorial.

    Quote Originally Posted by Steelgate View Post
    If you are having issues with your METRO Apps or Tiles working correctly after moving your folders from your SSD, READ ON!

    I wanted to share this possible solution since I followed Kari's tutorial to move only the USERS folder to D drive (HDD).

    If all the other ideas don't work...try this: I have my users folder on a SSD, so if you don't have a SSD use C:

    Add the All_Application_Packages userID to this folder's security (right click on it, properties, security tab, etc)

    d:\Users\Brent\AppData\Local\Packages

    And give the folder ALL but FULL control, which is read, list, create, write, etc. (don't worry about special permissions)
    This is the trick that made all my Apps work again, after performing the folder move yesterday with SYSPREP and having the apps start failing after awhile.

    Hope it works for you, your mileage may vary, and I'm not sure how long the setting will last.
    Also worth mentioning: When setting the <ProfilesDirectory>e:\Users</ProfilesDirectory> in my .xml file, I used a lowercase drive letter as shown in the tutorial. There were no technical issues with that, but I did find it slightly annoying that all my user folders show a lowercase drive letter in their address. Food for thought!

    Thanks again for the tutorial!
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  7. #386


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by RL70 View Post
    Hoping one of the Forum Gods can help here,

    Im one of those that did a clean install of W8 Pro and moved Users and Program Data to my /D drive without any problems and apps working just fine. Updates are also no problem, however I cannot do the MS Store 8.1 upgrade as we all know by now with this setup.
    Since it is working smoothly, Im wondering if I can repeat the process and do a clean install of 8.1 from an ISO file and also move BOTH Users and Program Data over to D the way I did with W8 Pro which was accomplished following the original instructions on page 1 posted by Kari(topic of this thread). After completing that, I then had to follow Anthony Flecks instructions(page 9 of this thread) in order to get my apps working.

    The only new addition to this method is obtaining the proper setup files from MSFT to do a clean install of 8.1

    So in order:

    First
    https://www.eightforums.com/installat...n-install.html

    Second:
    User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

    Last(from Anthony Fleck, page 9 of this thread):

    1) WinKey+R to launch the run dialog
    2) regedit (press ctrl+shift+enter to run in elevated mode)
    3) HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx
    4) Right click on Appx and edit permissions
    5) Click Advanced
    6) At the top it says Owner: xxxxx Change
    7) Click Change
    8) Add yourself as an owner
    9) Apply new settings, Ok
    10) Give yourself permissions as Full Control
    11) Apply, Ok
    12) Right click PackageRepositoryRoot registry key and click Modify
    13) Change the C:\ to your new drive. In my case it looks like this: D:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\AppRepository
    14) Click Ok
    15) Restart Windows

    Any feedback on this is much appreciated


    Hello,

    I have attempted this once and haven't had any luck. I am about to try it a second time, I believe I made a mistake the first time, but I will post again after I finish. If anyone has had any luck moving the ProgramData folder while doing a CLEAN install of Windows 8.1 Pro, please let us know. Be back to edit/post again soon.

    [edit]

    So after a second attempt I have successfully moved both the user profiles and the ProgramData folder to a separate drive. I followed the tutorial by Kari, added the <ProgramData> section into the folders to be moved, then followed my registry edit again. I am not exactly sure what I did incorrectly the first time, but the second time it worked out. At first it seemed as if it didn't work after the restart, all my Metro tiles had little "x"'s beside them but it updated after a few moments. Everything works
    Last edited by anthonyfleck; 18 Dec 2013 at 00:11.
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  8. #387


    Posts : 1
    windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by paulg View Post
    Hi Kari and everyone else,

    My boss just got a new laptop, and I was trying to help him move his user folders from the C drive to the D drive using this guide. (Yes, I know, rookie mistake trying to do this on my boss's laptop!)


    I followed the guide and all was well up until I got to drafting the script for the sysprep. As the installation of Windows 8 is on a recovery partition, I wasn't sure what drive letter to use. Some googling revealed speficying C should work, and I figured that in a worst case scenario, I'd just recover from the recovery partition as there is nothing on the computer yet.


    The script ran, the laptop loaded up into Audit mode without issue, and when I then restarted into OOBE, I received an error saying that the file couldn't be found and therefore the install had failed.


    Fair enough, I thought, hopefully it will just continue to load into windows.


    No dice, unfortunately. I'm now stuck with the system saying:


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


    Pressing F9 doesn't get me into the recovery console. I can get to the BIOS with F2, but can't see any useful options.


    Edit: Holding F9 gets me into 'Recovery': Your PC needs to be repaired. A required device isn't connected or can't be accessed. Error code: 0xc000000f...'

    I've contacted Asus and played with BIOS options under their instructions and it hasn't helped. I can get to a recovery option on a Win8 boot USB I made, but it wont let me refresh, saying the HDD is locked, and when I try and repair the system it fails.


    Whilst I fully expect comments on how silly I was in doing this on a whim, I would also appreciate any thoughts on how to rectify it.


    Thanks so much,


    Paul
    just happened to me as well as I wanted to moved the user profiles to my microsd card on a T100 asus transformer book, followed the following instructions which helped to restore access to the laptop but unfortunately did not move the profile over.

    When prompted with error unable to complete installation:
    Hit SHIFT-F10 to bring up command prompt.

    type MMC
    Click File -> Add/Remove Snap-in... (Or CTRL+M)
    Select Computer Management (Double click and Finish on Local Computer)
    Click OK
    Double click Computer Management (Local) -> System Tools -> Local Users and Groups -> Users -> Double Click Administrator -> Uncheck Account is disabled -> OK
    Now right click Administrator -> Set Password... -> Set a decent password to get started.

    Now, restart. Should be good to go.

    If this doesn't work try next step:
    SHIFT-F10 to bring up command prompt.
    type: CD C:\windows\system32\oobe
    type msoobe
    enter
    Make a generic account and password. hit finish (if it requests a product key and you have one, enter it now. if OEM/No key required, just finish). Set time/date. Finish.
    Restart.
    Should be good to go.

    sign out of generic account, login to your original account, delete generic account
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  9. #388


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


    Geeks, I very seriously recommend to leave the ProgramData folder to its original place.

    I have tested various scenarios and always, sooner or later, got issues when Programdata is moved. It is of course up to every user to decide what to do with Windows, but as the author of this tutorial I will recommend only moving the Users which works flawlessly and leave the PrograData to C:.

    I will not test any more with relocated Programdata, nor will I answer any questions regarding it.

    Kari
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  10. #389


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro


    I agree with Kari, that leaving the ProgramData folder is the best choice. This is also recommended by Microsoft on their help page.

    But I just love to push the limits of things :P I haven't ran into problems yet, but it's only been a couple days. On my last install of Windows 8, I went a year without issues when I moved the ProgramData folder. Not disagreeing with Kari though, it's entirely possible different scenarios will experience problems.
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