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User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

  1. #620


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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Nice, i think since beginning Windows can't remove audit mode... then you confirm this.. awesome work on this tutorial.

    thx

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  2. #621


    Posts : 120
    Windows 10 Pro x64


    Hey Kari, just want to confirm this method works on Windows 8.1 as of now in 2015 for relocating the user profiles. Have done it successfully on my system in Windows 7 and I love it! Just want to make sure I can still do this in Windows 8.1 as I will be setting up a computer for a family member soon with it and he would like to have this done.
    Cheers
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  3. #622


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


    Yes, it works. However, if you also moved the ProgramData in Windows 7 you should note that in Windows 8.1 ProgramData cannot be relocated. Only move the Users folder as told in this tutorial.
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  4. #623


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    Windows 10 Pro x64


    Okay, thanks Kari. So using the Win7 steps should be fine just don't move ProgramData, correct?
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  5. #624


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Maltesespace View Post
    Okay, thanks Kari. So using the Win7 steps should be fine just don't move ProgramData, correct?
    Yes,
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  6. #625


    Posts : 120
    Windows 10 Pro x64


    Hi Kari
    I've done a few Windows images the past little bit, a couple on 8.1 and a couple on 7. Each have been for clients and i am customising their computers for them. But even though I use an answer file and have "copyprofile" set to true, the profile doesn't copy. Everything is installed but the customised desktop etc doesn't. Could the issue possibly be that I don't generalize the system when I sysprep? Since the image is specific to that one machine I didn't think it was necessary. I ran the commands:
    [I]
    cd sysprep
    sysprep /oobe /shutdown /unattend:C:\MyAnswerFile.xml
    Then booted with Macrium and imaged.
    Then realised i was using C: as the answer file location and your tutorial said not to do that so tried from an external drive that was not the install USB. (I don't have another partition other than C: to use as I don't move user profiles etc on a 120GB SSD ) So then changed the commands to run sysprep /oobe /shutdown /unattend:\MyAnswerFile.xml

    I also set OEM information and computer names and product keys in these answer files and those were not copied. Its as if the answer file just doesn't work.

    Also tried using an answer file with just the copyprofile thing set to true and nothing else changed, that didn't work

    Am lost as to what to do, also tried downloading fresh ISO, converted ESD to WIM using winreducer wim converter, opened WIM with windows SIM, created new .clg files to use, that didn't work.
    Cheers
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  7. #626


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


    The CopyProfile=True setting can only be used together with the /GENERALIZE switch. It has none whatsoever effect if the /GENERALIZE switch is not used. It does not cause any errors, the answer file validates OK, but if the answer file has CopyProfile=True and the /GENERALIZE switch is not used when sysprepped, it will simply be ignored.

    The main purpose of the /GENERALIZE is of course to prepare a hardware independent image and the fact that the CopyProfile requires it to be used is somewhat illogical, but that's the case. No desktop, theme, folder options and other customizations will be copied to default user profile without the /GENERALIZE switch.

    The OEM settings do not require CopyProfile and /GENERALIZE switch. You need to add OEM info component to Pass 4 Specialize. Click to enlarge the screenshot:
    Click image for larger version
    Complete customization walkthrough tutorial at our sister site the Seven Forums: Windows 7 Image - Customize in Audit Mode with Sysprep - Windows 7 Help Forums. The tutorial applies to Windows 8 & 8.1, too.

    Kari
    Last edited by Kari; 25 May 2015 at 11:18.
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  8. #627


    Posts : 120
    Windows 10 Pro x64


    Ah OK, thanks Kari. Completely illogical on MS' part but I thought that might be the case. Out of curiosity, if you install drivers while you are customising your image, those usually come with software, ex. Intel WiDi, AMD Catalyst Control Centre, AMD Gaming Evolved, etc etc. What happens to those softwares and your drivers when you generalise your image? Do the drivers 'reactivate' when you go through OOBE, or do you have to reinstall them? If the latter, can you reinstall your drivers by booting to OOBE on your image, going to audit mode, installing the drivers again, sysprepping with just a sysprep /oobe /shutdown, and the settings from the first time you sysprepped (sysprep /generalize /oobe /shutdown /unattend:C:\MyAnswerFile.xml) will still carry over? Or are you forced to go through OOBE, then install your drivers. I was hoping to be able to copy profiles and also have drivers installed on a 'virgin' no user profiles system image.

    Thanks
    Cheers
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  9. #628


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


    Using Sysprep, you have to select: you can either customize the default user profile, or add drivers. You cannot have both. An additional Sysprep run after generalizing in the first run, then doing it again this time without the /generalize switch and installing drivers might, just might theoretically thinking work but I have never tested it.

    The proper way is to use the /generalize switch to copy the default user profile, then capture the image with DISM and add the drivers. See this TechNet support article: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/.../hh825070.aspx.

    Worth to remember when customizing the Windows 8 or 8.1 default user profile is that if the end user signs in with an MS Account, all MS Account sync settings override the default user profile settings. If for instance the end user has synced the theme, this MS Account theme will be used instead of the default user profile theme. Therefore, if it is quite sure that the end user will use an MS Account instead of a local account, customizing the default user profile is irrelevant and does not need to be done.
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  10. #629


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


    OK, I read again your posts and realized you might not want to create an hardware independent image, which I for some odd reason assumed was the case.

    If the image does not have to be hardware independent, you have a way to both use CopyProfile=True and /GENERALIZE switch, and keep the drivers installed in Audit Mode. The setting you need to use in that case in the answer file is called PersistAllDeviceInstalls and it must be set to TRUE. See this TechNet support article: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/.../ff716298.aspx

    Notice that you should only use PersistAllDeviceInstalls if the reference computer (its hardware) you are using to create the image is completely identical than the computer this image will be deployed to. If there are any whatsoever differences in the hardware, use the DISM method to add drivers as told in my previous post.
    PersistAllDeviceInstalls component can be found in WIndows System Image Manager under the Microsoft-Windows-PnpSysprep and must be added to Pass 3 Generalize.
    Click image for larger version
    Click the screenshot twice to enlarge it.
    Last edited by Kari; 26 May 2015 at 07:24. Reason: Serious, context changing typo fixed
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