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User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

  1. #690

    Posts : 18
    8.1 Pro

    Help, I messed up. I will try to keep this story short.

    I my generous nature I gave my old PC to a friend's 14 year old son. I of course made a new Admin user account, then nuked my own account, removed the G: drive where my User profile and the new one was created. Of course after I had shipped it, the light bulb went off about what I had done, and what would happen when they booted it for the first time. I knew it was either not going to work, or have issues.

    Once the booted to to Windows they were greeted to "The User Profile Service service failed to sign-in, User profile cannot be located".

    I was wondering if there is any kind of quick fix for this?

    1. Install Win 10 pro over Win 10 pro, would this created a new User profile (folder) on the C: drive?
    2. Is there a command line that could be run from Win 10 repair command prompt option that would create a new Admin User folder (profile) on C: ?
    3. Old PC Had Win 7 Pro and was upgrade to 10 Pro. I assuming that my Win 7 product key is associated with the Win 10 free upgrade.
    If you format C: , and will it let you do a clean install of Win 10 even though its no longer able to download for free?

    Problem Solved !
    Last edited by HC1Gunner; 3 Weeks Ago at 22:19.

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  2. #691

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

    Hi Gunner.

    I can see that you have edited your post above about six hours after it was originally posted, adding this:

    Quote Originally Posted by HC1Gunner View Post
    Problem Solved !

    Do I understand it correctly that you were able to resolve issue? If so, could you please tell how? My advice had been to simply download Windows 10 PRO ISO image, burn it to a DVD or USB, and do a clean install skipping the product key when asked. Windows should then activate automatically based on the machine's hardware signature.

    By removing the drive where Users folder was relocated, you accidentally made Windows unstable, not finding user profiles. In these cases a clean install is usually the best way out.

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  3. #692

    Posts : 18
    8.1 Pro

    Thanks Kari

    That's what I had them do, was a clean install of 10
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  4. #693

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

    Good to know you got it resolved. Tell them about sister site, the best place to get help with Windows 10.
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