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User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

  1. #560


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    Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner, Internet has been down all night..on my phone now. When I go one level higher the only thing I see is "UpgradeNotification" at the bottom of setup. No "upgrade" dword in setup. So should I delete "UpgradeNotification" or should I just leave it and try sysprep?

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  2. #561


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


    No need to delete the key UpgradeNotification, if the DWORD Setup\Upgrade (right pane) and key Setup\Upgrade (left pane) are not there and those two DWORDS in Setup\Status\SysprepStatus have value 7 you are ready to go.
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  3. #562


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    Windows 8 pro with media center


    Thank you Kari I'll give it a try.
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  4. #563


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    Windows 8 pro with media center


    Kari,

    Just wanted to let you know everything worked out just fine. Moved Users back to C:\ upgrade to 8.1 Pro and then moved Users back to D:\. Thank you so much for your help. I really appreciated it.
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  5. #564


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
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    Good to know .
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  6. #565


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    Windows 8.1 pro


    I have used this to create user folder on D drive successfully during installation. My Windows system is on the C drive. All is well. I now (about a year later) want to change my D drive (user folders) to a new hard drive (larger). I cloned it, installed it and I cannot log into windows. When I put my old drive back in it works fine. Could it be that the new drive does not automatically use the D drive letter (even though I removed the old drive)? If so, could that be the problem?

    I am a little hesitant to change the drive letter to D in windows drivemanagement for fear of not being able to log in again if it doesnt work. Doing so might not be the solution and putting the old hard drive back in might then not work anymore (as the letter D is already taken).

    Does anyone know what to do?

    Mark
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  7. #566


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbalogh View Post
    I have used this to create user folder on D drive successfully during installation. My Windows system is on the C drive. All is well. I now (about a year later) want to change my D drive (user folders) to a new hard drive (larger). I cloned it, installed it and I cannot log into windows. When I put my old drive back in it works fine. Could it be that the new drive does not automatically use the D drive letter (even though I removed the old drive)? If so, could that be the problem?

    I am a little hesitant to change the drive letter to D in windows drivemanagement for fear of not being able to log in again if it doesnt work. Doing so might not be the solution and putting the old hard drive back in might then not work anymore (as the letter D is already taken).

    Does anyone know what to do?

    Mark
    That's exactly the problem, main profile folder not being where Windows thinks it is.

    If you have cloned the original smaller D: drive to this new bigger hard drive, it should work simply by giving it the same drive letter D:. You told that when the letter is not changed you cannot log in to Windows which is logical because Windows is looking for drive D: for the user data. If Windows finds Users folder where it thinks it should be, you can sign in.

    If you are still hesitant to try please tell, there are other more demanding (work and time wise) yet easy methods available.

    Kari
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  8. #567


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
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    @mbalogh, I'm keenly waiting news. Did it work?
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  9. #568


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1 pro


    Hmmm no. I tried changing D to I (or something else) with diskmgmt, so I could then change G (my new drive) to D, but I can't seem to change the drive D letter. It comes up with "Invalid Parameter". The old drive is still in. If I take it out, Windows won't start up. Catch 22...
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  10. #569


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


    No, no Catch 22 here.

    These two scenarios work, choose whichever you prefer.




    User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk Method 1. User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk
    Use System Image

    1.) Old D: drive connected, create a system image including the system reserved partition and drives C: and D: (tutorial)
    2.) Empty the new drive (delete all partitions) using disk management
    3.) Disconnect the old D: drive, replace it with the new drive
    4.) Restore the system image you created (tutorial)
    5.) Boot normally, Windows should work now. Notice that the new D: drive has same size than the old one, rest of the capacity being unallocated. You can now extend the disk ti utilize all of its capacity



    User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk Method 2. User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk
    Move Users folder temporarily back to C:

    1.) Follow the instructions here to move the Users folder back to C: drive, replace the D: drive and relocate users again back to D:. Notice that the tutorial in question is for Windows 10, and these specific instructions for a situation when you are unable to upgrade Windows because the Users folder is relocated, but the instructions also apply to your case, replacing a drive containing the Users folder.

    Ask if something is unclear.

    Also, if you go to Disk Management when booted with the old D: drive connected and change the CD/DVD letter to anything else than D or E, it then shut down and replace the old D: drive with the new one, the CD/DVD should keep the new letter and automatically assign D: to your new HDD:

    Kari
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