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User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

  1. #50


    Posts : 45
    Windows 8 Pro


    Well i have just followed this step (Take Ownership of a File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 8) to no avail, i still can't change or edit files. I tried changing id3 tag details in a song, same deal denied.
    I noticed that if I un-tick 'Read Only' it comes back, even tho I am Administrators Group.

    It gets worse, my old 'My Documents' from win xp (on a seperate drive) only has My Pictures and My Music, I must have deleted 'My Documents and other files (like excel etc) along the way. SO although I can replace my music and pictures and gain full access control to these files again, it seems i have lost any editing rights to everything else in documents

    I really need a comprehensive full proof way to gain access back to these files. Can anyone help? The lack of response makes me think I should create a new thread elsewhere to try and get some assistance?

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  2. #51


    Quote Originally Posted by BruceBanner View Post
    Well i have just followed this step (Take Ownership of a File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 8) to no avail, i still can't change or edit files. I tried changing id3 tag details in a song, same deal denied.
    I noticed that if I un-tick 'Read Only' it comes back, even tho I am Administrators Group.

    It gets worse, my old 'My Documents' from win xp (on a seperate drive) only has My Pictures and My Music, I must have deleted 'My Documents and other files (like excel etc) along the way. SO although I can replace my music and pictures and gain full access control to these files again, it seems i have lost any editing rights to everything else in documents

    I really need a comprehensive full proof way to gain access back to these files. Can anyone help? The lack of response makes me think I should create a new thread elsewhere to try and get some assistance?
    What user was granted ownership? Try granting ownership to the "Everyone" user group.

    Why does your files reset to read only? That's weird. Do you have any software that could be doing that? Try disabling read only in safe mode, and see if it resets back to read only while in safe mode.
    Last edited by XP1; 02 Nov 2012 at 21:28.
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  3. #52


    Posts : 45
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by XP1 View Post
    What user was granted ownership? Try granting ownership to the "Everyone" user group.

    Why does your files reset to read only? That's weird. Do you have any software that could be doing that? Try disabling read only in safe mode, and see if it resets back to read only while in safe mode.
    I tired all that. My solution was this: I found i could copy the files to another HDD and edit them there, so i copied all the files/folders that i needed to another hdd. Then when i was sure i had everything i formatted hdd that had the files that were access denied and then copied them back to the newly formatted hdd. A bit of work but prolly best.
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  4. #53


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8 Pro

    Customized User Profile Issue - Metro Apps not working


    Following customization of User Profile cannot get Modern Apps (Metro) to work or MS Account Sign In to function.

    Full details as posted to Installation and Set up Forum here

    Would really appreciate some advice....

    Many thanks in advance,

    PC Pilot
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  5. #54


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8


    PC Pilot -- Did you follow Kari's advice to omit from your script the line which refers to "program data"? It appears that if you move both "program data" and "users" (which worked fine with Windows 7), that Metro apps won't work. So from your "relocate.xml" script, delete the line (currently line 7): <ProgramData>e:\ProgramData</ProgramData> . This has worked fine for me; "program data" lives on the C: drive, "users" on D: and Metro apps work fine (though I haven't yet found any that I like!)
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  6. #55


    Quote Originally Posted by patrickd314 View Post
    PC Pilot -- Did you follow Kari's advice to omit from your script the line which refers to "program data"? It appears that if you move both "program data" and "users" (which worked fine with Windows 7), that Metro apps won't work. So from your "relocate.xml" script, delete the line (currently line 7): <ProgramData>e:\ProgramData</ProgramData> . This has worked fine for me; "program data" lives on the C: drive, "users" on D: and Metro apps work fine (though I haven't yet found any that I like!)
    Instead of re-sysprepping, you could also do this:
    User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

    Afterwards, you can just create a new user account.
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  7. #56


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro


    Kari,

    I followed the tutorial, with the following changes: 1.) My DVD drive is D: 2.) I omitted Row 7 (did not relocate ProgramData) 3.) I changed line 11. to <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:D:/sources/install.wim#Windows 8 PRO" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />.

    After running the script, the system rebooted and required me to reenter the product key. I did and the program said it was invalid, although it was valid for the original install. (My original install was a clean install with disk format over an XP SP3 installation with a Win8 Pro x64 upgrade CD.) I chose "Skip" and created a local profile "Test," which I deleted after entering my own "Dennis" profile.

    My "Dennis" profile has changed as follows: My account picture is gone. IE will not launch from either Metro or Desktop. IE and library icons are missing from the taskbar in Desktop view. PowerDVD 10 will not launch.

    Any help you can offer in repairing these problems will be appreciated.
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  8. #57


    Quote Originally Posted by denwise View Post
    My "Dennis" profile has changed as follows: My account picture is gone. IE will not launch from either Metro or Desktop. IE and library icons are missing from the taskbar in Desktop view. PowerDVD 10 will not launch.

    Any help you can offer in repairing these problems will be appreciated.
    Did you try this?:
    User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

    Afterwards, you can just create a new user account.
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  9. #58


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by XP1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by denwise View Post
    My "Dennis" profile has changed as follows: My account picture is gone. IE will not launch from either Metro or Desktop. IE and library icons are missing from the taskbar in Desktop view. PowerDVD 10 will not launch.

    Any help you can offer in repairing these problems will be appreciated.
    Did you try this?:
    User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

    Afterwards, you can just create a new user account.
    Yes, thank you. I don't remember the precise wording of the error that resulted. It was something like "Cannot create a file where a file of the same name already exists."

    I then created a new primary user file and deleted my original primary user file. This corrected just about everything, except WMC no longer accesses my HDHR Prime TV tuners. Guide info is there. I'm trying to sort this out and will post any resolution that I come up with. I will also appreciate any sueggestions. Thanks again.
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  10. #59


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8 Pro


    Hi Everyone, and thank you all for responding

    Originally Posted by patrickd314 PC Pilot -- Did you follow Kari's advice to omit from your script the line which refers to "program data"? It appears that if you move both "program data" and "users" (which worked fine with Windows 7), that Metro apps won't work. So from your "relocate.xml" script, delete the line (currently line 7): <ProgramData>e:\ProgramData</ProgramData> . This has worked fine for me; "program data" lives on the C: drive, "users" on D: and Metro apps work fine (though I haven't yet found any that I like!)
    Yes, in line with Kari's suggestion I omitted the line referring to ProgramData thus it resides in its default location of C:\ProgramData

    Quote Originally Posted by XP1 View Post
    Instead of re-sysprepping, you could also do this:
    User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

    Afterwards, you can just create a new user account.
    Have created directory junctions as you suggest....see below...

    To summarise the issue/actions/current position.....

    Windows 8 Pro (X64) was installed by way of a clean install utilising audit mode to configure the User Profile folder location to a new partition on a secondary drive (D:\Users). The 'main' user profile (the one with the issue) was then further configured using the profile list keys within registry to place User 'Neil' at the root of D: (e.g. "D:\Neil") a location used since the release of Windows XP! Individual folders within this profile have been further customized using the 'location' tab (e.g. "D:\Neil\Neil's Filing Cabinet\Neil's Documents" etc.) though this is probably not relevant!

    Additionally, directory junctions have been created (mklink /j) and verified in respect of D:\Neil with D:\Users........and although probably not necessary D:\Neil with C:\Users

    The situation is now as follows
    :

    1. All user accounts are assigned 'administrator' privileges
    2. User profiles created under the D:\ partition (e.g. "D:\Users\Emma" etc.) function normally with Store sign in and working Modern (Metro) Apps
    3. The "D:\Neil" profile functions correctly except for Store sign in and functioning Modern (Metro) Apps.
    4. Attempts to sign in to the store using an MS account fails with a self retuning sign in loop.
    5. Attempts to bypass and download (even free) Apps continually fail with the message "Something Happened and this app couldn't be installed".
    6. Attempts to use any metro app results in a return loop back to the tile icon from full screen icon version without
    opening the app.

    Am I overlooking something obvious?? Could it be a permissions issue, if so where??

    Awaiting any further thoughts with much anticipation

    PC Pilot

    EDIT.....I have done a little more experimenting and created a new profile 'Test' in the default location of D:\Users\Test

    The Following Applies:

    1. All aspects function as expected

    2. Signed out and signed into administrator account.

    3. Following 4. Now Copied "Test" folder and contents from D:\Users\Test to "D:\Test"

    5. Using the "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList - ProfileImagePath" registry key modified the Path for the "Test" profile from "D:\Users\Test" to "D:\Test"

    6. Signed back into Test Profile and verified the location of the "Shell Folders" was "D:\Test\Documents" etc.

    7. Tried the Metro Apps same symptoms as I am experiencing and unable to download or install any apps or sign in to the store.

    Hope this narrows things down to just the path change behind the issue

    PC Pilot
    Last edited by PC Pilot; 07 Nov 2012 at 15:10. Reason: Further Update
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