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User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

  1. #30


    Posts : 4
    Windows 7


    Hi!
    I have downloaded the latest version of windows 8 from Microsoft Dreamspark (windows 8 professional swedish). Should i change row 11 to:

    <cpifflineImage cpi:source="wim:F:/sources/install.wim#Windows 8 PROFESSIONAL" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />

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  2. #31


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8 Pro


    Hello!

    Thanks for the great tutorial!
    When i follow the instructions, i always get a Profile-Folder that is named "Username.Computername"

    Is it possible just to get a Folder named "Username", because Adobe Creative Suite is not working when User-Profile contains a "."

    Thank you,
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  3. #32


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    I'm going to use this in a week when my new laptop arrivés. I'm going to install Windows 8 Enterprise, is that the name I must use in the xml file? Maybe you can update the guide with all final names instead of Release Preview and Consumer Preview?

    Cheers with the whiskey, good choice!
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  4. #33


    Posts : 2
    Win 8 +7 +XP


    Quote Originally Posted by willinliv View Post
    Windows could not parse or process unattend answer file [C:\Windows\Panther\unattend.xml] for pass [oobeSystem].
    I got this because Setup had found another partition, and re-allocated drive letters !
    It did not go away when I fixed the drive letters.
    I had to delete the new target folder for user profiles.

    I wasn't risking moving Program Data.
    Someone reported making dummy files at that location,
    but that didn't work for me.
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  5. #34


    Posts : 4
    win 8


    It worked! Although for me it's a complicated procedure. The instructions are very explicit and the included screen shots are helpful. I had already installed Win 8, so I was able to use copy and paste the script and edit the drive letters. I also displayed the procedure on my laptop while I was doing the relocation I wonder if I'll have to do a clean install on the final release? I wish I knew how to do this on my older Win 7 computer. It has a smaller SSD and I'm constantly moving folders and changing the pointers to them.

    Bill
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  6. #35


    Posts : 1
    Win 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by zucram View Post
    Hi!
    I have downloaded the latest version of windows 8 from Microsoft Dreamspark (windows 8 professional swedish). Should i change row 11 to:

    <cpifflineImage cpi:source="wim:F:/sources/install.wim#Windows 8 PROFESSIONAL" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
    I used "Windows 8 PRO" and it works for me.
    <cpifflineImage xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" cpi:source="wim:F:/sources/install.wim#Windows 8 PRO"/>
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  7. #36


    Posts : 45
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by wormyrocks View Post
    Hello,

    So I followed the directions in this thread and indeed my Users folder seemed to relocate to my hard disk, but unfortunately I am no longer allowed to install any Metro apps. Also, my Mail and Calendar apps in Metro have stopped working. I didn't touch the Program Data folder.

    Does anyone else experience this problem, and is there any way for me to fix it? If not, how do I move my files back onto the boot disk?

    Thanks.
    This is my problem, tho i did move Program Data folder as well. So far have not found a solution

    Quote Originally Posted by XP1 View Post
    After installing NetBeans and reporting a shortcut bug, I had discovered that sysprep misses some parts of the registry. Bug report:

    Bug 215908 - Desktop shortcut created using hardcoded path:
    Bug 215908 &ndash; Desktop shortcut created using hardcoded path

    For example, the entries in [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell
    Folders] and [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell
    Folders] still point to the C drive even after you move the folders.

    Some programs rely on this registry data to discover where the Users and ProgramData folders are located.

    Instead of fixing the registry, it would be a good idea to create directory junctions:

    In a command prompt, if the relocated drive letter is U, type:

    Code:
    C:
    mklink /j C:\Users U:\Users
    mklink /j C:\ProgramData U:\ProgramData
    Once you have created the directory junctions, you can create a user profile and use the Metro apps.
    Are you able to explain this in further detail XP1? Treat me like a nub i won't mind


    Quote Originally Posted by RocKeR View Post
    but I want to get an SSD system drive with user data on a separate disk.
    I have a 128gb SSD (c where win 8 pro is currently installed. I have a second HDD (500gb) whereby i wanted Users & Program Data to exist. I don't want to revert back, that doesn't help me. I just need metro to start working again

    Quote Originally Posted by nemokit View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by zucram View Post
    Hi!
    I have downloaded the latest version of windows 8 from Microsoft Dreamspark (windows 8 professional swedish). Should i change row 11 to:

    <cpifflineImage cpi:source="wim:F:/sources/install.wim#Windows 8 PROFESSIONAL" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
    I used "Windows 8 PRO" and it works for me.
    <cpifflineImage xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" cpi:source="wim:F:/sources/install.wim#Windows 8 PRO"/>
    I too used Windows 8 PRO in the command line and seemed to have worked.

    So in summary:
    I'm looking for extra guidance to fix Kari's tweak at the point where i currently am. That is, User and Program Data successfully migrated to E: but metro apps/store not working, and a refresh windows not doable. I don't seem to be the only one having this issue but nobody seems to have a good fix, or at least a nub like me can complete.
    I have no experience in Junctions etc.

    I just wanted to say, I'm moving from XP to win 8 (never used vista or win7), so although i am loving the prettyness and fluid/speed of win 8 i am disappointed that doing something as simple as this requires steps this deep. In XP I used a program called TweakUI that was able to change the drive location for My Documents. I can't believe by now that Win 8 doesn't have a built in simple step for this let alone rely on a third party program.
    I mean, what are all the 60gb, 128gb and 256gb SSD's being sold for if not soley to be used as operating system drives?!?
    It was understandable in XP as its OLD, and back then people didn't have hundred's of gigabytes of data, so everything existed on one drive. But its easy to amass 100gb of Music, 100gb of Pictures and several hundred more of Videos!! Libraries can't possibly exist in C: in the year 2012 surely! (rant over).
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  8. #37


    Posts : 4
    win 8


    I too am having the same problem as BruceBanner is having with Metro as mention the the post above. I didn't check to see if there was a problem before I did the relocation. How do I go back and try another solution? I did not relocate Program Data.
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  9. #38


    Tucson, AZ
    Posts : 20
    Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit


    Does this technique cause the creation of symlinks or junction points? I ask because I am want to be sure how this approach interacts with drive image backups and I some backup programs say they do not support symlinks.
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  10. #39


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit


    I used symlinks in Windows 7 to move my user files default location to a different volume, as my boot volume is a relatively small 256GB SSD.

    I did not think before installing Windows 8, and it seems to have moved everything back to the SSD boot drive, as I now only have 5GB free.

    I was following the process at User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk to move them back, but at step 1.2, the system will not let me boot into audit mode when the command
    C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\Sysprep.exe /audit /reboot is executed


    I get a message that sysprep cannot run on a computer that has been upgraded to a new version of Windows.

    Any suggestions?
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