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User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

  1. #650


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise 32bit and 64 bit

    User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk


    Hi Kari

    Kindly find the attached the setupact log file and relocate xml file and I have given last try by changing like this
    <cpifflineImage cpi:source="wim:E:/sources/install.wim#Windows 8" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
    but still the same problem persists.

    If the xml file is wrong then please suggent me and provide me so that I can try this on sunday and update you.
    If this fails also then tell me is there any step by step tutorial in registry to do.

    Thanks for your great help and support in this matter.

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  2. #651


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


    I am somewhat preoccupied now, I will check your files as soon as possible. It might be first tomorrow that I am able to reply.
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  3. #652


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


    OK, I have checked the files and the mystery remains. Your answer file works, when I have fixed those two errors or rather mistakes I already mentioned, removed the ProgramData from FolderOptions tags and corrected the Windows version.

    Please answer the following questions:
    • Is this an upgrade or clean install? I mean, is this for example a Windows 8 Enterprise which was later upgraded to 8.1 Enterprise?
    • Is this PC in a domain?
    • Do have a valid Windows 8.1 Enterprise install media on drive E: as told in your answer file when you Sysprep?
    • Are you trying to do this in a clean install in Audit Mode, or later when the user accounts are already created?
    Last edited by Kari; 05 Jun 2015 at 08:17. Reason: Fixed a typo
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  4. #653


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise 32bit and 64 bit


    Hi Kari
    It is a clean and new PC Installation. For your information. Begining Network cable was connected to the PC and started a New fresh Windows 8.1 Enterprise 64 bit setup to this PC.
    No this is not a domain PC.
    Yes this is a Valid Windows 8.1 Enterprise and the media Drive is E:
    Just Followed your tutorial and fresh and clean install in Audit Mode. Still the Complete windows setup not done.
    Started fresh and clean installation and enter into Audit Mode. i.e. when setup reached to enter PC Name there I pressed CTRL+Shift+F3 and PC restarted and entered built in Administrator profile carried on as per your tutorial.

    This same steps worked for 32bit but failed 64bit. This is just a beginning step once completed relocate Profile then I can do remaining.

    As suggested I will try again by removing the ProgramData from FolderOptions tags and what excatly I need to write for windows version. I will be doing on sunday morning.
    Thank you for your kind support for helping me.
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  5. #654


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise 32bit and 64 bit


    Hi Kari

    First of Thanks a Ton with cheers and with your support I have Corrected those two errors and completed sucessfully just now.

    I whole heartedly Thank you for helping in completing this task. Now left with Default user.
    Kindly Regards for your support
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  6. #655


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


    You are welcome .
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  7. #656


    to anyone reads tutor: DONT DO IT! ! so many problems OMG

    Don't move your Windows user profiles folder to another drive | ZDNet

    this tutor is bad advise
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  8. #657


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


    Quote Originally Posted by bobbyrab View Post
    to anyone reads tutor: DONT DO IT! ! so many problems OMG

    Don't move your Windows user profiles folder to another drive | ZDNet

    this tutor is bad advise
    I hope that the readers of this thread would first check the facts before posting something like that.

    As I have repeatedly told in several occasions, that article, although published in 2013, was based on one Microsoft support article written when Windows Vista was still in beta stage. Since then both Windows and its Sysprep tool have changed. This procedure is totally safe, widely used and works without any issues whatsoever in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. I recommend you also read the comments of that article where it is several times mentioned that the article gives false information.

    To start with, the error message the article mentions does not exist. "Sorry, it looks like this PC can't run Windows 8.1. This might be because the Users or Program Files folder is being redirected to another partition." Really, that error message is never shown, it does not exist. The only message shown when upgrading a system where some system folders are relocated to another drive is that you cannot upgrade keeping your installed software. But, as so often in Windows, there's an easy workaround. I have myself, as have many other users upgraded a Windows system with relocated Users folder without issues. Several times, every time without an issue.

    This system will also create no issues with Windows Update.

    Read this post at our sister site the Seven Forums, it answers the question about upgrading to 8.1 when the Users folder is relocated: Windows 7 Help Forums - View Single Post - User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation

    Complete instructions to upgrade at another of our sister sites, the Ten Forums: Users Folder - Move Location in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    This procedure works flawless. It is created and made possible by Microsoft and is done by a Windows native tool Sysprep using command options in a so called answer file created and designed by Microsoft. No third party tools are involved, no features that are not natively coded to Windows are used.

    Here are some facts for you:

    • On Windows Seven, Eight and Ten there's not a single rational reason NOT to relocate the Users folder, and ProgramData on Seven (on Eight and Ten, Store & apps need ProgramData being on drive C: and it cannot be relocated)
    • You can in-place upgrade even after relocating Users and ProgramData simply by relocating them back to C:
    • You will have absolutely totally completely NO Windows Update issues caused by relocated Users and / or Programdata folders
    • All my Vista, Seven, Eight and Ten systems have always been sysprepped to relocate Users (V, 7, 8 & 10) and ProgramData (V & 7)
    • I have never ever had a single Windows Update issue which when solved had shown to be due relocated folders, never an unsolved update issue to start with
    • I have always managed to both in-place upgrade and upgrade by clean install all Windows rigs I have decided to upgrade to either a superior edition of the same version or to next Windows generation.



    Kari
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  9. #658


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise 32bit and 64 bit


    Hi Kari
    Yes by Sysprep there are no issues in Windows 8.1 32 or 64 bit I have tested from past 1 month in 32 bit and now checking in 64bit.

    Hands Off to you and Great Honour of Saulte to you with respect.
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  10. #659


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


    Quote Originally Posted by POTENCY View Post
    Hi Kari
    Yes by Sysprep there are no issues in Windows 8.1 32 or 64 bit I have tested from past 1 month in 32 bit and now checking in 64bit.

    Hands Off to you and Great Honour of Saulte to you with respect.
    Thanks Potency!

    This tutorial thread has been read over 600,000 times, and if you read it through, all issues the users have had, we have found out they have been caused by the user (usually not reading the instructions before starting), not by this procedure. When done correctly as told in the tutorial it works as a dream.
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