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User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

  1. #610


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


    Quote Originally Posted by chris98 View Post
    When I open up the file in the message, it states this:

    ...
    ...
    2015-02-19 11:41:27, Error [0x0f0036] SYSPRP spopk.dll:: Sysprep will not run on an upgraded OS. You can only run Sysprep on a custom (clean) install version of Windows.
    ...
    ...
    I'm assuming this should still work in 8.1?
    The reason for your error highlighted in above quote. This should not be a surprise to you, in the beginning of the tutorial is this big red warning box, already the first sentence of the warning tells the most important:

    warning   Warning

    An upgraded Windows cannot be sysprepped. As this method is based in sysprepping, this tutorial is valid only for Windows setups which have not been upgraded.

    This means that if you have for instance in-place upgraded Vista or Seven to Eight you cannot sysprep and this tutorial cannot be used in your case. The same applies if you have upgraded Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro or Windows 8 to 8.1.

    Notice that a repair install is also an upgrade install, so if you have ever done a repair install (= in-place upgrade to same edition), you cannot sysprep.

    When sysprepping an existing Windows setup, it only works if the Windows 8 was installed clean and has never been upgraded or repaired using repair install, or if it is the original pre-installed Windows 8

    Although I have repeatedly told that relocating ProgramData will cause Windows Store and Apps as well as PC Settings not to function, people keep doing it using the method described in this tutorial.

    DO NOT RELOCATE PROGRAMDATA! YOUR WINDOWS STORE AND APPS WILL NOT WORK IF PROGRAMDATA IS MOVED FROM ITS DEFAULT LOCATION.


    In my honest opinion, I do not know how could I make that warning more visible and understandable?

    I have posted a workaround at our sister site the Ten Forums: Users Folder - Move Location in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums. Scroll down to Upgrade, Step 2 to see the registry edits you have to make.

    Kari

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  2. #611


    England, United Kingdom
    Posts : 65
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Hmm. That is strange, my PC first came with Windows 8 home built in, and then I installed 8 Pro over the top, and completely wiped everything with a fresh install.

    Thanks anyway, I'll take a look at the other article.
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  3. #612


    England, United Kingdom
    Posts : 65
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    I get all the way to the very last step of rebooting and my computer says:

    Windows could not complete the installation. To install Windows on this computer, restart the application
    What can I do?
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  4. #613


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


    Quote Originally Posted by chris98 View Post
    Hmm. That is strange, my PC first came with Windows 8 home built in, and then I installed 8 Pro over the top, and completely wiped everything with a fresh install.

    Thanks anyway, I'll take a look at the other article.
    As stated in that warning, 8 to 8.1 or 8 Pro to 8.1 is also an upgrade which by default disables Sysprep (quote from the warning):

    This means that if you have for instance in-place upgraded Vista or Seven to Eight you cannot sysprep and this tutorial cannot be used in your case. The same applies if you have upgraded Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro or Windows 8 to 8.1.
    If your post is accurate, that you clean installed Windows 8 Pro, and if your system specs are accurate, too, stating that you have now Windows 8.1 Pro, you must have upgraded at some point.

    Another possibility is that you have done a repair install at some point.

    Quote Originally Posted by chris98 View Post
    I get all the way to the very last step of rebooting and my computer says:

    Windows could not complete the installation. To install Windows on this computer, restart the application
    What can I do?
    Impossible to tell what the problem is with so little information. Could you at least post the answer file you used here.
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  5. #614


    England, United Kingdom
    Posts : 65
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Never mind, I managed to restore my Windows using a fresh install.

    Basically, I completed all of the steps and my computer rebooted, but every time it turned on I would get this error when Windows was starting:

    Windows could not complete the installation. To install Windows on this computer, restart the application
    After pressing Escape, my computer would restart and the same thing would happen again. I managed to eventually go into the BIOS, change the boot order to boot from my Windows 8 disk and did a clean install.

    When attempting to us the 'reset' functionality before that, it said my hard drive was locked. I only managed to recover my files by clicking on the install driver option available and copying them to a USB.

    I attempted to repair my disk from command prompt using the SHIFT + F8 method and it wouldn't let me do anything with that either, literally all I could do is load the Windows 8 disk or go into the BIOS.

    EDIT: The answer file I used was exactly the same as the one in the tutorial apart from the fact that I changed the drive from E to F. I lost the file in the clean install, but that's the only change I made apart from this:

    Code:
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:F:/sources/install.wim#Windows 8" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
    
    Code:
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:D:/sources/install.wim#Windows 8.1 Pro" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
    
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  6. #615


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


    Strange. I have never heard of HDD being locked after failed sysprep. I am sorry you had to reinstall, at least you got a fresh Windows.

    May I ask which install media you used when sysprepping? I mean, original valid Windows 8 install ISO or DVD from Microsoft, or one from your PC manufacturer?
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  7. #616


    England, United Kingdom
    Posts : 65
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    No problem, It's lucky that I managed to recover my files but at least it's still a learning curve so it hasn't been for nothing - and you're right, my start-up time is much better (as well as available space) now as I haven't got all the old junk on.

    I used the original Windows 8 disk from Microsoft when I was doing it, the exact message I got about the hard drive being locked was:

    The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again.


    When I searched for this, it seems that this also happened when Windows 8.1 came out and people upgraded, and there appears to be no fix for it other than what I did or creating a new partition and installing from there:

    "The drive where Windows is installed is locked.Unlock the drive - Microsoft Community

    Another thing to note is that it seemed to wipe all hard drive backups, or maybe it just couldn't read them because it was locked.
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  8. #617


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by fubo View Post
    Hi Kari,
    I followed your guide and I successfully moved Users folder to a second disk. Now I have a question. If I do a backup of system partition, and would want to restore it, it will not include Users folders. Is there a way to create an image of Users folder to be used when restoring a system image?
    Best regards and my compliments for all your work!
    All imaging programs I know let you select which partitions and disks you want to include in your system image, it's that simple. When imaging a system where the Users folder is relocated on drive X: just select it to be included in the image.

    Kari
    Thank you. I will give it a try.
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  9. #618


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Hi there, i have used this method when i got my SSD but actually Win10 will come, does this method can be keep on WIn10 ?
    Because i will manage to upgrade save my key and finally make a fresh installation...

    Cheers
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  10. #619


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


    Quote Originally Posted by lesscro View Post
    Hi there, i have used this method when i got my SSD but actually Win10 will come, does this method can be keep on WIn10 ?
    Because i will manage to upgrade save my key and finally make a fresh installation...

    Cheers
    Hi Lesscro, welcome to the Eight Forums.

    Yes, this works just as in Vista, Seven and Eight also in Windows 10. See the tutorial at our sister site the Ten Forums: Users Folder - Move Location in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    Kari
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