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User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

  1. #490


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
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    Yes, of course, but it will never grow big enough to be a real nuisance. Here's mine at the moment, I can afford the few gigs it takes:

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  2. #491


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    Yes, of course, but it will never grow big enough to be a real nuisance. Here's mine at the moment, I can afford the few gigs it takes:

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    I see. Would you recommend this SSD guide?

    Sean's Windows 8 Install & Optimization Guide for SSDs & HDDs
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  3. #492


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


    I am a conservative spinner man, not a single SSD in this household on any rig. I would not know a good SSD guide.
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  4. #493


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    Windows 8.1 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    I am a conservative spinner man, not a single SSD in this household on any rig. I would not know a good SSD guide.
    Hehe. Ok, no problem. Thanks again for your great help!
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  5. #494


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    Windows 8.1 64-bit


    So I was reading through the posts of other users in this thread and I found this one:

    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyfleck View Post
    First, I'd like to thank you guys for everything here. It was a lot of help on my journey.

    I have a 128gb SSD and a 1TB HDD. Not much different than what most people have.

    I installed Windows normally, booted into audit mode and ran the relocate script. I included moving the ProgramData folder as well as the Users folder.

    When I finally got to sign in with my user account which I created, like everyone else, I couldn't access any Metro apps or settings. So I set out to figure out how to fix this. After reinstalling Windows about 4 times I finally figured it out. I haven't found anyone else, anywhere on the Internet, who has figured this out so I hope that it can help somebody.

    After you're finished following the tutorial Kari posted:

    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

    That should be it, worked for me, hopefully it helps out some others!

    Wouldn't this method work? Also, when I migrated the User Data and Program Data to a secondary HDD on Win7 I used a cmd window with "robocopy, rmdir, mklink, /XJ" commands and updating the User/Program data locations with regedit.

    "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Profile List" and then changing the values of each line, Default, ProfilessDirectory, ProgramData, Public
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  6. #495


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
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    Regardless if an unsupported workaround works or not, I do not recommend them. Relocating Users folder in Windows 8 with sysprep works flawlessly, without issues. Relocating ProgramData is risky which is why I have put that warning at the very beginning of this tutorial.

    Your PC, your Windows, you do whatever you want to. I will not and cannot answer to questions if and how it will work or fail if you choose not to follow the clear instructions.

    Kari
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  7. #496


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    Windows 8 64 bit

    SYSPREP


    Although I originally used Windows 7 when I 'upgraded' to Windows 8 it was a completely clean install so my understanding is that I can use your tutorial to switch profile back to my C drive as without doing this my understanding is that any attempt to upgrade to Windows 8.1 will fail.
    Assuming having managed to upgrade to 8.1 then am I correct that your tutorial will not permit then changing profiles away from C (which is an SSD drive)? Is there any other tutorial for doing this after an upgrade?
    I am not aware of any option offered my Microsoft that allows move from Win 8 to 8.1 other than my online upgrade rather than a clean install. is that correct?
    Sorry so many questions and I hope you can help.
    Thanks
    Steve
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  8. #497


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Chillblast View Post
    Although I originally used Windows 7 when I 'upgraded' to Windows 8 it was a completely clean install so my understanding is that I can use your tutorial to switch profile back to my C drive as without doing this my understanding is that any attempt to upgrade to Windows 8.1 will fail.
    Assuming having managed to upgrade to 8.1 then am I correct that your tutorial will not permit then changing profiles away from C (which is an SSD drive)? Is there any other tutorial for doing this after an upgrade?
    I am not aware of any option offered my Microsoft that allows move from Win 8 to 8.1 other than my online upgrade rather than a clean install. is that correct?
    Sorry so many questions and I hope you can help.
    Thanks
    Steve
    First, I thought I have seen a thread or tutorial here on how to clean install 8.1 using ISO image, but if I am correct and I really have seen such a thread, I am at least at the moment not able to find it. I'll keep looking .

    For those wanting to use this sysprep method to relocate the Users folder, these two rules can make things difficult when it's time to upgrade:
    1. Officially, you cannot sysprep an in-place upgraded Windows
    2. You cannot in-place upgrade Windows if Users folder (or any other system folder) is not in C:

    There is a workaround but I have to emphasize that this is an unofficial workaround. Worst case scenario: it does not work, meaning you have to reinstall clean.

    Workaround for upgrading Windows 8 to 8.1 when Users is relocated to other than C: drive:
    1. Make you individual user folders in X:\Users (X = drive where Users is located now) as empty as possible by moving up the data to external drive
    2. Relocate Users back to C: with sysprep by changing the location to C:\Users in answer file > FolderLocations tags
    3. Upgrade to Windows 8.1 (tutorial: Windows 8.1 - Update to from Windows 8)
    4. Follow instructions in this post to enable sysprep on an upgraded Windows
    5. Relocate Users to X: (any drive) following instructions in this tutorial
    6. Restore your user data from backup to respective folders

    I really need to emphasize the fact that although I have now done this a couple of times without issues, it's not guaranteed to work. backup everything first before beginning, so if you end doing a clean reinstall you have not lost your data.

    Kari
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  9. #498


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Chillblast View Post
    I am not aware of any option offered my Microsoft that allows move from Win 8 to 8.1 other than my online upgrade rather than a clean install. is that correct?
    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    First, I thought I have seen a thread or tutorial here on how to clean install 8.1 using ISO image, but if I am correct and I really have seen such a thread, I am at least at the moment not able to find it. I'll keep looking .
    OK, here's how to do a clean install with 8.1:
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  10. #499


    Doing this, can it increase boot time? I've done it for Win 7. Thinking it cant be that different from Win 8
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