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User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

  1. #410


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    OK .

    One additional thing I could mention: You know the Windows environment variables? For instance typing %userprofile% in File Explorer's addressbar and hitting enter takes you to your user profile folder. Further, if you type %userprofile%\documents it takes you to the Documents folder in your user profile folder. This works as per default and also after relocating Users with sysprep.

    But if you move the said Documents folder from Folder Properties > Location tab > Move, this no longer works and you cannot point to this folder with an environment variable.

    Not important to all users, for me yes.

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  2. #411


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    8.1; 64-bit Operating System


    Okay I was redirected to the setpuact.log to discover it was a upgrade instead of an update which it was called in the store. So I am in the process of doing another refresh and will follow your tutorial before doing any updates etc. Once I manage the movement of the user files I am hoping it will remain unchanged when I update (upgrade) to 8.1. I really do prefer the 8.1 OS.
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  3. #412


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    8.1; 64-bit Operating System


    Oh well it sees even my windows 8 as an upgrade after I refreshed it. Oh well I will be the only user in this case so back the the more labour intensive way. Thank you for all your suggestions Kari
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  4. #413


    Posts : 9
    8.1; 64-bit Operating System


    Darn now it will not let me reboot to the welcome screen because it is an upgraded version ... any ideas how to exit the administrator audit mode in this situation?
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  5. #414


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


    Seems you have the Sysprep - Upgrade dilemma: An upgraded Windows cannot be sysprepped, Windows with sysprep relocated folders cannot be upgraded without first moving folders back to original locations.

    Quote Originally Posted by DebE View Post
    Darn now it will not let me reboot to the welcome screen because it is an upgraded version ... any ideas how to exit the administrator audit mode in this situation?
    Exit Audit Mode is told in part 2.3 in tutorial.
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  6. #415


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    8.1; 64-bit Operating System


    Hi Kari. I did try 2.3 it just keeps telling me I can not do a sysprep in upgraded version. I tried working with microsoft chat last night and they indicated that as it is a OEM version they could not help me. Presently I am trying to see if I can upgrade again to 8.1, although getting to the store in the metro version is proving a challenge???
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  7. #416


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


    In the beginning of the tutorial there's this big red warning message:

    warning   Warning

    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 or Windows 8 to 8.1. An upgraded Windows cannot be sysprepped.


    Notice that a repair install is also an upgrade install, so if you have ever done a repair install (= in-place upgrade to same edition), you cannot sysprep.

    When sysprepping an existing Windows setup, it only works if the Windows 8 was installed clean and has never been upgraded or repaired using repair install, or if it is the original pre-installed Windows 8

    Although I have repeatedly told that relocating ProgramData will cause Windows Store and Apps as well as PC Settings not to function, people keep doing it using the method described in this tutorial.

    DO NOT RELOCATE PROGRAMDATA! YOUR WINDOWS STORE AND APPS WILL NOT WORK IF PROGRAMDATA IS MOVED FROM ITS DEFAULT LOCATION.


    I highlighted the important part. Other than a new clean install, I do not know how you can exit the Audit Mode.
    Last edited by Kari; 01 Mar 2014 at 00:56. Reason: Typos
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  8. #417


    Posts : 9
    8.1; 64-bit Operating System


    all I did was go into to the adminstrator mode by pressing crtl alt f3 and I have not been able to do anything in the administrator
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  9. #418


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


    What I meant with that warning is that as your Windows is upgraded and can't be sysprepped, you shouldn't have entered the Audit Mode in the first place. CTRL + SHIFT + F3 enters the Audit Mode, from which you can exit only by sysprepping.

    On Vista and Seven you could open regedit in Audit Mode and delete the value of a registry key to exit Audit Mode without Sysprep (ImageState in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\State), but this seems not to work on Windows 8.

    I will do some testing, posting here if I find a solution for you but it looks as if you have to do a reinstall.
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  10. #419


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

    SOLUTION: Sysprepping when upgrade prevents Sysprep


    OK, I wanted to be sure as I have not done this on Windows 8.1 before but I have successfully made it on Windows 7.

    warning   Warning
    Microsoft does not recommend sysprepping an upgraded Windows. In all of my personal tests it works flawlessly but as it is not recommended by Microsoft I will take no responsibility and can't be held liable if something goes wrong when you follow the unofficial instructions given by me.


    To test I installed Windows 8 on a test rig, then upgraded it to 8.1. As expected when I tried to sysprep this upgraded Windows I got this error message:

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    If you read the highlighted part with thought, you'll notice that Windows hints sysprepping might be possible if the issue preventing it has been solved. Checking the log file tells it without a doubt that the issue is upgrading:

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    We need to find a way to "lie" to the system it is not upgraded. Let's do it, this solution should work for you:

    Open Windows Registry Editor by pressing + R to open the Run dialog, type regedit and hit Enter.

    Now browse to the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\Upgrade, right click it and delete it:

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    We also need to change one or two values in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\Status\SysprepStatus, values in both CleanupState and GeneralizationState must be 7:

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    If the value is not 7, right click it, select Modify, change the value and click OK:

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    Now close the Regedit. Follow the instructions in tutorial from step 1.2 to continue the process.

    Kari
    Last edited by Kari; 23 Aug 2014 at 15:00. Reason: Added warning.
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