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User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

  1. #40

    Quote Originally Posted by BruceBanner View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by XP1 View Post
    In a command prompt, if the relocated drive letter is U, type:

    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

    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
    Right click on the Start corner > Command Prompt (Admin) > Yes > Type:
    mklink /j C:\Users U:\Users
    mklink /j C:\ProgramData U:\ProgramData
    Replace the "U:\" text with your own drive letter. Each line has a separate command that you press enter to execute.

    When you open Explorer to the C drive, you should see the "Users" and "ProgramData" junctions that look like folders.

    I forgot to mention that when you create a new user account, the Metro apps should work.

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  2. #41

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Scharf View Post
    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.
    I don't think that the sysprep process creates junctions. You have to create junctions manually. However, without junctions, you will have a problem because the registry still points to folders that don't exist on the C drive. Alternatively, you would have to search the registry and update any values that are incorrectly pointing to the C drive.

    If you read my previous post, sysprep forgets to modify some parts of the registry:
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  3. #42

    Quote Originally Posted by tctuggle View Post
    I get a message that sysprep cannot run on a computer that has been upgraded to a new version of Windows.

    Any suggestions?
    Looks like sysprep won't let you run on upgraded Windows. It is always best to clean install Windows.
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  4. #43

    Posts : 7
    Windows 8

    Here's my experience leading to a successful clean install, using Kari's technique.
    1. I wanted to keep Metro, so I omitted the "program data" line (#15) in the script, per Kari's note.
    2. I had my prior Windows 7 user files saved to a folder called "Archive Files" on my data drive. [NOTE: On the first try, I called this temporary folder "users_old," but that didn't fool the installer, which renamed it "Users," and set up account folders with names I didn't like, since folders with the names I did want were already there. Anyway, burying it in "Archive Files" worked fine.]
    3. I copied Kari's scripts to a zip drive.
    4. At the first reboot, Windows asked me to eject my Install Media, which I did, but after rebooting into Audit Mode I reinserted it, since I knew the script would call for it.
    5. (I think this is most important!) After first booting into Audit Mode, I took a few minutes to look around with File Explorer to check on the drive letters Windows had assigned my drives. I then used this information to edit the scripts on the zip drive to point to the right drives and files.
    6. After completion, I set up the user accounts I wanted, and then opened two instances of File Explorer to move (not copy) the contents of each respective folder (My Documents, My Music, etc) from the "Archive Files/users" folder to the new "Users" folders. Because they were located on the same physical disk, the moves were almost instantaneous.
    8. Viola! OS (Including Program Data) on SSD C: , Users folder on 1TB HD D: , and Metro works!
    9. Now to figure out what Metro is good for!!??
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  5. #44

    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit

    Is there a way to move the Users folder to another partition without using sysprep and doing a full OS install?
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  6. #45

    Posts : 1
    Windows 7

    if I also want to relocate
    Program Files , Program Files (x86) and perflogs direrctiories, what are the xml-tag names for those?
    And is it enouf to add them to relocate.xml or does it need some other changes too?

    If I name the file "AutoUnattend.xml" and include it to the root of windows 8 installation disk, does those changes works those Program File-folders too?
    Anyone tested?
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  7. #46

    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit

    Asked another way, with Windows 8 already installed, how does one move the Users folder?
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  8. #47

    Posts : 7
    Windows 8

    Well, you can move (at least) your Documents, Music, Videos and Pictures folders, which generally consume most of your storage space, by individually going to each folder, right-clicking, selecting "properties," then the tab "Location." From there you can change the location of the folder.

    The only way that I am aware of to move the whole Users folder, other than the one we are discussing in this thread, involves the use of "symlinks." I've never tried it, but have found the "sysprep" method described in this thread to be quite easy, and have used it successfully in several Windows 7 installs, and now in Windows 8 also.

    I've only used the new install method, but step 1.2 of Kari's method seems to imply that you can do it from an existing installation.
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  9. #48

    Posts : 45
    Windows 8 Pro

    I really need some advice that is directly related to the Kari method here. But to fully understand my problems it is perhaps best to give u background of what i have done to get to the mess i have now.

    1) was running win xp, had a straight backup (no acronis .tib file or anything) of my documents (My Documents, My Music and My Pictures etc, ie the IMPORTANT stuff). This content was on a separate hdd to C: (xp)

    2) I got a brand new 128gbSSD and installed win 8 pro onto it. I then followed Kari's method (migrating User and Program Data) from C: to E:

    3) at this point I can't recall exactly what I did but suffice to say I somehow have all the data from 'My Documents' from winxp organised correctly in the new Library.
    E: drive has User and Program Data as the two main root folders with all the stuff i had from win xp residing in a logical location (My Pictures in Pictures, My Music in Music etc). I must have done some direct copying but i can't recall lol.
    But then disaster strikes and I discover metro doesn't work. I read that other ppl have the same issue and I am not alone.

    3) So I decide to stuff it and just to a fresh reinstall of win 8 again (on the SSD of course) and forget about the whole migration thing, and instead just leave win 8 as it was intended and simply do things manually for redirections etc. I figure that things could get buggy or worse further down the line and cbf resolving, i'll let win 8 win for now. Fresh reinstall it is.

    4) Now that i am in this new win 8 installation, and default User is still on C:, the Previous E: drive data (that has User left over from PREVIOUS Kari method) is behaving oddly. Just to be absolutely clear, i left E:User and E:Program Data alone from previous win 8 kari method installation, i just reinstalled win 8 on C: (128gb ssd).

    Now being new to win 8 (and bearing in mind i am coming from Xp environment ie I have no experience of win 7) I am not sure what behavior is normal and which is odd. Here's an example of summin weird. I navigate to 'E:\Users\Eddy\Documents\Random Notepads' and when trying to edit a previous notepad (.txt file) I get the following steps;

    a) right click a notepad>Edit.
    b) i'm in a notepad, i add extra text, i then click 'save' (not save as).
    c) 'Save As' box pops up, but i didnt click save as :S
    d) I select same file ie overwrite.
    e) 'xxx.txt' already exists. Do you want to replace it?
    f) Yes
    g) Access is denied.
    h) ok.

    Now at no point am i given option/prompt for administrative rights etc.

    Also what is interesting is when in this location E:\Users\Eddy\Documents\Random Notepads and i right click empty space and go 'New' i get nothing, only '(Empty)' in grey. If i am in just 'Libraries\Documents' (E:\Users\Eddy) and also right click anywhere and go 'New' I get only 'Folder' as an option.

    Perhaps some of this I am encountering is Win 7/8 stuff, perhaps some of it is a cock up with keeping the previous E:User from a previous Win 8 installation that involved Kari's method.
    As this is important documents I don't want to kill old XP 'My Documents' backup located on a seperate hdd yet, but i really need to at some point as its hogging space.
    If this is the behavior i'm getting from trying to edit a simple notepad i'm worried about trying to access photos/editing/mp3 file tags etc etc

    I'm wondering what my next step is, if I just need to take full ownership back of E: for this Win8 installation (security/permission/object stuff that i know little about) or indeed kill it all and copy Xp My Documents back over again and create new 'Libraries' 'include folders' etc.
    I prefer not to copy xp my documents back over again as i have since actually added new important files that will be harder to locate as the directories have all changed (i can't simply use a tool like Create Synchronicity and match the two volumes easily i.e E:User > My Documents).
    What would be ideal is that I do some step that makes E: fully mine and in future when right clicking a notepad (or whatever) and click 'Save' it just saves and does none of this Save As Access Denied crap that i'm getting.

    Please advise.


    Last edited by BruceBanner; 31 Oct 2012 at 14:42.
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  10. #49

    Posts : 1
    Windows 8 (64 Bit)

    Gutes Tutorial, Kari

    Win7 installierte ich immer nach Deinem Tutorial und hatte nie Probleme, aber ...

    "Windows 8" zickt etwas rum:

    Anfangs - nach dem Hochfahren - funktioniert der Datei-Explorer einwandfrei. Später sucht er unendlich und im Navigationsbereich sind nur die Bibliotheken und die Heimnetzgruppe mit animierten Such-Symbolen zu sehen (Computer fehlt); der Inhaltsbereich ist leer. Wenn ich dann die Systemsteuerung öffne, sehe ich auch nur ein weißes Fenster. Nach einem Neustart ist alles wieder OK.

    Microsoft Windows 8, 64bit (Unbeaufsichtigte Installation: Benutzer auf D:\)

    Installierte Programme:

    Microsoft Office 2010 Home and Student (32 Bit)

    Acronis True Image 2013, inkl. PLUS PACK 2013 (Build-Nr.5551, German)

    Vielleicht weißt Du, was da falsch läuft?

    Hi Kari I see you are "a Finnish immigrant in Leipzig, Germany". Therefore I try it in English (I speak little or nothing):

    Good work, Kari!

    I didn't have any problems with Win7, but ...

    Win8, just being bitchy:

    At first the "File-Explorer" works faultlessly after boot up. Later on it searches infinitely and only the Libraries and the Homegroup can be seen with encouraged searching symbols in the "Navigation pane"; the "File list window" is empty. If I then open the "Control Panel", I also see only a white window. After restarting everything is OK again.

    Microsoft Windows 8, 64 bits, Unattended installation (User on D:\)

    Installed programes:
    Microsoft Office 2010 Home und student (32 bits.)
    Acronis True image 2013, incl. PLUS PACK 2013, (build Nr.5551, German.)

    Perhaps you know what wrongly runs there?
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