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User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

  1. #570


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    Hello,

    I've used this tutorial several times and it has always worked for me. But right now I'm doing the same on a newly installed Windows 8.1 Pro version, and when I try to run the script "sysprep.exe /audit /reboot /unattend:E:\relocate.xml" I get get the following error message:
    "another copy of this application is already running"

    Any idea how I can fix this?

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  2. #571


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Yuffira View Post
    Hello,

    I've used this tutorial several times and it has always worked for me. But right now I'm doing the same on a newly installed Windows 8.1 Pro version, and when I try to run the script "sysprep.exe /audit /reboot /unattend:E:\relocate.xml" I get get the following error message:
    "another copy of this application is already running"

    Any idea how I can fix this?
    Please take a screenshot of the error message and post it here.
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  3. #572


    Hi again,

    Now I need you to remain calm when reading this.....how difficult would it be to revert the users back to the C drive on a windows 8.1 install ?

    I ask because, following my recent posts I have seen an apparent increase in the time taken to open apps, open Chrome, browse the net, in fact when opening anything !.....e.g. Task manager, Word etc. takes nearly 30 seconds to load which is crazy, during this time there is 100% disk access which continues for quite a while after the app is finally loaded and also excessive disk access with pretty much everything I do.
    The RAM is loaded to around 50% so I don't think it is using the pagefile but the whole (brand new) laptop is now painfully slow

    A colleague seems to think that this may be because I now have C & D "drives" which are different sectors on the same physical hard disk.

    I would like to try it and see.

    Thanks
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  4. #573


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


    The Users folder being on another drive than C: has nothing to do with your computer being slow but you can of course do as you want to. For moving the Users back to C: simply follow the instructions in this tutorial starting from step 2.1, editing the line 6 in answer file to put Users to C: drive:
    Code:
    <ProfilesDirectory>C:\Users</ProfilesDirectory>
    Notice that the Sysprep process can take really long time now depending on how much user files you have in various user profiles under the main profile folder Users. I recommend backing up all personal stuff (documents, pictures, music, videos) to an external drive then deleting them from the Users folder's current location, then running the Sysprep and moving Users folder back to C:, then restoring the backed up personal files from external backup location to C:\Users.

    Kari
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  5. #574


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 Pro


    Hello Kari.

    Excellent tutorial, thank you!

    Just reinstalled my system and windows 8 pro is on my SSD, used your tutorial and the Users are perfectly relocated to my D: drive.
    (used sysprep before first boot / on personalise screen)

    As I went to upgrade to windows 8.1 using the microsoft store, it was unable to install the 8.1 upgrade because my users was moved.

    Now I believe I could sysprep it again to move it back, and then upgrade windows to 8.1, however your tutorial mentions that you can only sysprep windows installations that have never been upgraded.

    My question is: If I revert my users to C: with sysprep, then install 8.1 again from the microsoft store, how do I properly move them back to D: when 8.1 is installed?

    Kind regards,

    V
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  6. #575


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


    Hi Volturnus, welcome to the Eight Forums.

    Please do not take this personally, it's just an old geek ranting:

    In general, not only in this tutorial thread, I am always really surprised to see how little users are willing to do in order to find an answer or a solution to their issues. Quite often in the tutorial threads you see a user asking something about the process or procedure described in the tutorial in question, getting answered, and then immediately after that another user asking the exact same question. How demanding would it be to use a minute or two and check out at least a few last posts before asking the same question?

    That being said, I am happy to assist you. See this post (last post before yours!) to see how to move the Users folder back to C: drive. Now upgrade, then if you want to Sysprep again and move the Users folder back to D: drive after the upgrade, see this post.

    Kari
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  7. #576


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    Hi Volturnus, welcome to the Eight Forums.

    Please do not take this personally, it's just an old geek ranting:

    In general, not only in this tutorial thread, I am always really surprised to see how little users are willing to do in order to find an answer or a solution to their issues. Quite often in the tutorial threads you see a user aksing something about the process or procedure described in the tutorial in question, getting answered, and then immediately after that another user asking the exact same question. How demanding would it be to use a minute or two and check out at least a few last posts before asking the same question?

    That being said, see this post (last post before yours!) to see how to move the Users folder back to C: drive. Now upgrade, then if you want to Sysprep again and move the Users folder back to D: drive after the upgrade, see this post.

    Kari
    Kari,

    Thank you for your reply! Instead of reading the first pages with replies, I should have the last few, as windows 8.1 wasnt released at the time of the first replies, my apologies!

    I really appreciate the links thou. Im gonna upgrade to 8.1 right away.


    edit: On a sidenote, I have to add something regarding the original tutorial, specifically the part where you make the xml file.

    It mentions a wim file but my installation medium did not come with any wim files but .esd files instead.

    I changed <cpifflineImage cpi:source="wim:F:/sources/install.wim#Windows 8" to
    <cpifflineImage cpi:source="esd:F:/sources/install.esd#
    Windows 8 Pro"
    which seemed to work just fine!
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  8. #577


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


    The ESD file works most of the times but not always, as of why, I do not know; there's no logical reason. Anyway, I prefer to create an ISO out of the ESD and then use the install.wim inside the ISO. This tutorial on our sister site the Ten Forums shows how to create an ISO from ESD: ESD to ISO - Create Bootable ISO from Windows 10 ESD File.
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  9. #578


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    The ESD file works most of the times but not always, as of why, I do not know; there's no logical reason. Anyway, I prefer to create an ISO out of the ESD and then use the install.wim inside the ISO. This tutorial on our sister site the Ten Forums shows how to create an ISO from ESD: ESD to ISO - Create Bootable ISO from Windows 10 ESD File.
    Will keep this in mind for Windows 10, many thanks.
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  10. #579


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


    That procedure works exactly the same way in Windows 8 / 8.1,applies to Windows 8 / 8.1 too.
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