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User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

  1. #70


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    pmania, you can skip the step of inputting your product key. However, your Windows will not be activated. I recommend you use the same key that you used for installation. If that doesn't work, do a clean installation and note down the key and repeat the steps to relocate the User and ProgramData folders.

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  2. #71


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    A quick question. Will this work on GPT or UEFI installation of Windows 8? I tried doing it on a combination of GPT and MBR partitions. It did not work.

    I kept the Windows 8 installation on GPT and moved the user folders and ProgramData to MBR partition.

    Has anyone tried this out?
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  3. #72


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8 Pro


    How should line 11 of the script (answer file) be modified for the released version of Windows 8? And does the processorArchitecture="amd64" portion of line 4 still correct if you are using an Intel processor?
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  4. #73


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Enterprize 64 bit


    Kari:
    That was one of the best s instructions I have ever come across. I did every step you recommended on a Windows 8 Enterprise 64 bit new install. The new use account was created on my D drive just as I wanted. But NOW, I can not create a new user account. Any attempt to access PC Settings either from the Charm pull out menu or from the control panel result in no action. When accessing the Charms menu, and selecting "Change PC Settings", the menu just scrolls back to closed. While trouble shooting this issue I also noticed that under System Configuration I am always in "Selective Startup", even if I select "Normal startup" and reboot. I just know enough about this stuff to get in trouble. If you have any suggestions I would appreciate a little guidance. Allan from Cincinnati, Ohio USA.

    Kari:
    I am also curious about Kaizendave's question on the amd64 as I too have a Intel i7 processor.
    Last edited by Brink; 01 Dec 2012 at 12:47. Reason: merged
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  5. #74


    Quote Originally Posted by kaizendave View Post
    And does the processorArchitecture="amd64" portion of line 4 still correct if you are using an Intel processor?
    Quote Originally Posted by gkaqllan View Post
    Kari:
    I am also curious about Kaizendave's question on the amd64 as I too have a Intel i7 processor.
    AMD64 is the generic name for the architecture.

    Use "amd64" for 64-bit Windows.

    See here:
    64 bit - My processor is 64-bit - does that mean I need the amd64 image? - Ask Ubuntu
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  6. #75


    Posts : 1
    Windows 7 64 bit


    Hello and nice tutorial, but I have a question. If I want to change the location of Program Files and Program Files (x86) too (and I want to put them on drive D: and my Windows CD is on drive E:), should I do this to the script ?:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="oobeSystem">
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <FolderLocations>
    <ProgramFiles>d:\ProgramFiles<ProgramFiles>
    <ProgramFiles(x86)>d:\ProgramFiles (x86)<ProgramFiles(x86)>
    <ProfilesDirectory>d:\Users</ProfilesDirectory>
    <ProgramData>d:\ProgramData</ProgramData>
    </FolderLocations>
    </component>
    </settings>
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:E:/sources/install.wim#Windows 8 RELEASE PREVIEW" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
    </unattend>

    Thanks,
    Victor
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  7. #76


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro


    I followed the steps outlined, and when it finally came time to log into my user account after creating the dummy account, I was stuck on a solid color screen with a rotating busy cursor. It's been like this for a couple of hours. At one point it had went to sleep, I woke it back up, logged in, and it went back to the same screen. If I do alt+tab I get to see two nameless windows which it doesn't let me switch to anyway. Ctrl+shift+esc adds the task manager to the window switcher, but won't let me bring it to the foreground. Any ideas? I only had 7GB on the SSD in the Users directory, so it shouldn't take this long to copy to my HDD. Also I don't hear the disk working nor is the disk activity light blinking.
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  8. #77


    Posts : 1
    Windows 2012 Essentials

    Works also on Windows Server 2012 Essentials!!!


    Kari, I can't thank you enough for putting this together. It worked perfectly on Windows Server 2012 Essentials. I want to share with everyone my configuration so they can benefit from it as well.
    1) I installed Windows 2012 Essentials via bootable USB. I used Rufus to create the bootable USB that I installed Windows from scratch on a new machine I put together. I created the bootalbe USB from the Windows Server 2012 Essentails ISO. I created this from another machine. I found out Rufus about here 12 Best Bootable USB Creation Tools / Software - TopTrix
    2) I installed Windows Server 2012 Essentials on an SSD drive. This is my C: Drive
    3) After I installed the OS I put in four 3 TB drives that I configured in a "storage space". All of these 4 disks became just one drive, and is the D: drive. Windows 2012 easily allowed me to make these a RAID 5 drive but they hide the complexity of creating RAID and called it "parity.

    Now I needed your instructions as I wanted to move all user data over to this new D: drive. I thought I did this via the "Windows Server 2012 Essentails Dashboard" .. Storage ... Server Folders .... Client Computer Backup Tasks ... Move the folder. I moved "Users" Folder to the D: drive, via the new Windows 2012 Admin console, but this is not the same folder as C:\Users it is a different folder called C:\ServerFolders\Users.. So I this is why I needed your help!!!

    4) Per your instructions I attached my bootable Windows Server 2012 Essentails USB drive that I created and attached it to my PC/Server. This became my E: drvie in this case.
    5) I followed your instructions exactly and it worked like a charm on!!!!!!1 I removed line 7 from above. The only trick was finding the correct name for the OS in line 11, the wim#. This is "Windows Server 2012 Essentials", via google. I placed the following relocate.xml file at D:\

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="oobeSystem">
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <FolderLocations>
    <ProfilesDirectory>d:\Users</ProfilesDirectory>
    </FolderLocations>
    </component>
    </settings>
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:E:/sources/install.wim#Windows Server 2012 Essentials" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
    </unattend>
    Last edited by strouja; 21 Dec 2012 at 10:03.
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  9. #78


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by CANTPRO View Post
    I followed the steps outlined, and when it finally came time to log into my user account after creating the dummy account, I was stuck on a solid color screen with a rotating busy cursor. It's been like this for a couple of hours. At one point it had went to sleep, I woke it back up, logged in, and it went back to the same screen. If I do alt+tab I get to see two nameless windows which it doesn't let me switch to anyway. Ctrl+shift+esc adds the task manager to the window switcher, but won't let me bring it to the foreground. Any ideas? I only had 7GB on the SSD in the Users directory, so it shouldn't take this long to copy to my HDD. Also I don't hear the disk working nor is the disk activity light blinking.
    So it turns out you just power off when that happens, then it's okay.
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  10. #79


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8 PRO


    OK, I have tried this twice and still no new files on my second HDD. I have windows installed on my C: drive and want my user files on my E: drive. Here is the xml that I used.

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="oobeSystem">
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64"
    publicKeyToken="31bf3856e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS"
    xmlns:wcm=Error
    xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <FolderLocations>
    <ProfilesDirectory>e:\Users</ProfilesDirectory>
    </FolderLocations>
    </component>
    </settings>
    <cpifflineImage cpi:source="wim:/sources/install.wim#Windows 8 CONSUMER
    PREVIEW" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
    </unattend>

    How do I know which version Windows 8 I have? My disk says Windows 8 PRO. I also tried that as well, and still no new files or folders on my E: Drive.

    Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Nick
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