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User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

  1. #510


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


    Some thoughts and recommendations. it's your computer, you decide what to do with it, I can only tell what I think, added with some facts.

    First, using registry or any other method to relocate Program Files folders is a bad idea which can screw your system. I'd leave them to C: where they belong, only changing the installation drove and path manually for each application when installing.

    You could just keep everything as it is, only moving the Dropbox folder to another drive. Additionally you could move some of the user folders to another drive as told in this tutorial: User Folders - Change Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums. The tutorial is at our sister site the Seven forums but it applies to both Seven and Eight.

    Renaming your current E:\Users will not work, the drive simply cannot contain any system folders from any previous install, renamed or not.

    Yes, the install media for your Windows version and edition must be present when sysprepping. You can download the latest 8.1 ISO, this tutorial tell you how and where: Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

    Kari

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  2. #511


    Hi Kari. I'm pleased to report that my system is now buzzing along. I took your advice on opting to move some of the data folders to my e:\users folder (Dropbox, Music, Docs, Downloads, Photos and Videos). That should relieve the pressure on the boot SSD. Thank you very much for your assistance and helpful Tutorials, work well done. Cheers Anton.
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  3. #512


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Hi Kari,

    I've lost my original Windows 8.1 Pro installation DVD. However, I do have other Windows 8.1 Pro dvd, which I'm not sure if it is the same build or not. Do I need the exact same build? Thanks!
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  4. #513


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


    Hi Trafalgar, welcome to the Eight Forums.

    As long as it is Windows 8.1 it's OK.
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  5. #514


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Hello Kari,

    Very nice solution! Thanks for taking the time to share and help us.

    I tried your method here and could move the users folder on my Windows 8. But than noticed the problem with Windows 8.1 upgrade. Then, I found this instructions (SOLUTION: Sysprepping when upgrade prevents Sysprep), but I'm with problems to reboot the machine with Audit Mode. Here's where I'm stuck:

    Reboot the machine. When you have returned to Audit Mode and see the Sysprep dialog open on Desktop, leave it there (do not close it)...
    I simply don't know how to reboot with Audit Mode. I tried using the sysprep, but it gives the error you mentioned: it doesn't allow me to do it because it's na updated installation.
    Could you please advise?

    Thanks,
    Paulo
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  6. #515


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


    Hi Siqueira, welcome to the Eight Forums.

    I am sorry but I do not understand. Please tell exactly what you have done until now, if you are stuck in a certain step when following a tutorial please link to that tutorial and tell exactly in what step you are stuck.

    Kari
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  7. #516


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Hi Kari,

    The tutorial in this post:
    User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

    Where you teach how to lie to the sysprep in order to relocate the user folder on an upgraded system (installed Windows 8 and upgraded to 8.1).

    In the beginning of the post, you show that when trying to run sysprep on an upgraded system, it issues an error. Then, you wrote this:

    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:

    Reboot the machine. When you have returned to Audit Mode and see the Sysprep dialog open on Desktop, leave it there (do not close it). 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
    The problem is how can I reboot my machine and have it enter the audit mode if I can't run sysprep and choose audit mode? (see underlined text in quote).

    Thanks,
    Paulo
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  8. #517


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


    OK, I got you now.

    When you reboot while in Audit Mode, Windows automatically returns to Audit Mode. In other words you do not need sysprep to reboot.
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  9. #518


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Kari.
    Let me try again...

    I have my Windows 8.1 upgraded from 8. It's open in normal oobe.
    Then I'm ready to start following your instructions to run sysprep on an upgraded system.
    Next, I run:
    cmd (admin mode)
    Code:
    C:\WINDOWS\system32>cd sysprep
    C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep>sysprep.exe /audit /reboot
    As expected, it displays an error message like the one you have in the post. And the reason it's because I have an upgraded system.
    The next thing you ask to do is to reboot and return to audit mode with sysprep dialog open in the desktop. But that's the problem: if I reboot it doesn't enter in audit mode and I don't know how to do it. By trying the command above it issues an error.

    I saw something related to configure the Microsoft-Windows-Deployment | Reseal | Mode setting to audit
    But I don't know how to do it.

    I hope I was clear now.

    Thanks for your patience.
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  10. #519


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


    Please could you tell the post number where I give those instructions, I have written here too much to find or remember every post. I know that the part of editing registry is not in original tutorial, it is in some of the later posts in this thread. I will need the post number to check what I have instructed and come back to you.

    This is where you can find the post number:

    Click image for larger version
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