Last line in your answer file clearly states that you have a basic Windows 8 (marked with bold red in quote below):
For Windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro it should of course be:<cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:E:/sources/install.wim#Windows 8" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
(The last digit 1 does not indicate a version, only an update, therefore it is not needed.)<cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:E:/sources/install.wim#Windows 8.1 Pro" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
Is your Windows 8.1 Pro a clean install or did you upgrade from Windows 8 Pro?
Where and how did you get the installation media? IS it for sure inserted on drive E: when you sysprep?
I was wondering, if I relocated the users directory as per this guide, what would happen if I did a Windows 8 refresh?
To refresh all system folders must be located on C:, including the main profile folder Users. In order to refresh (or upgrade) a Windows 8 / 8.1 system with Users relocated to other than C: drive, you must first run Sysprep with an answer file locating the Users back to C:.
Which makes Refresh much less useful than it could be.
How often must an average user to refresh or reset a Windows 8 installation? If the need arises, having relocated Users folder to another drive only means one extra step, relocating Users back to C:. How does this one simple extra step make refresh "less useful"?
The procedure might look complicated but is in fact quite simple.
Procedure to prepare for upgrade / repair install / refresh in Windows 8.1 with relocated Users folder
- Disconnect all external devices except mouse, keyboard and main display
- Check that Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service is not running (causes Sysprep to crash) and stop it if running by giving this command on elevated Command Prompt:
Code:NET STOP WMPNETWORKSVC
- Store following as XML file (example.xml) to the root of any drive except C:
(This answer file assumes that you are running a 64 bit Windows and that the original Windows install media is inserted / located on drive Z:)Code:<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?><unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend"> <settings pass="oobeSystem"> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <FolderLocations> <ProfilesDirectory>C:\Users</ProfilesDirectory> </FolderLocations> </component> </settings> <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:Z:/sources/install.wim#Windows 8.1 PRO" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" /> </unattend>
- Give following command on elevated Command Prompt to run Sysprep and reboot:
(This command assumes your answer file is called Example.xml and is located on the root of the drive D:)Code:%windir%\system32\sysprep\sysprep.exe /OOBE /REBOOT /UNATTEND:D:\EXAMPLE.XML
- Let Windows boot normally
- As always after running Windows, it runs now a so called OOBE First Run boot so this can take a few minutes. When OOBE stops for asking for the product key, you have a new Skip button to press not present normally in OOBE First Run boot when doing a clean install; as you are going to refresh Windows immediately after it has arrived to desktop you can forget the product key and activation now and click Skip.
- Refresh Windows
Thinking about why refresh would be desirable : when the OS has SOME type of problem that is difficult or impossible to solve by "online" methods. Which in many cases means that it's not booting at all...
Audit mode seems to be not much different from a normal windows boot, in contrast to something like safe mode which is more easy to get running when there's a major problem. Not to mention there are many many times when safe mode is just as incapable of starting.
So it's easy to be stuck in a situation with no way to refresh, necessitating falling back to less convenient methods.
Another problem occurred to me just now : if the users folder has already grown too large, then it would be impossible to move back to C:. It would be a simple matter of moving files and stuff off it, but it is another step.
Hi all and thank you very much for this. I am using this kind of install on 2 systems already running Windows 8.1 for almost 1 year, enjoying the speed of SSD's - on a desktop and also a notebook with dual drives - SSD and HDD.
The problem is related to the Metro apps and I recently saw that and started bothering a little though I am not using a lot of them. One of the apps is HERE Maps [http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/ro...-47eb30304a88] that will not be able to download offline map data saying there isn't enough space left - and of course there is plenty of space on both drives, the other one is a local VOD app SeeNow [http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/ro...-a0365b458bc1] that will not play anything thought it works just fine on Windows Phone 8.1 for example, online on the same PC's or a system where the OS was installed without this gimmick.
Is there any way to make the Metro apps work somehow?
Thank very much.