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User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

  1. #80


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8


    I used the procedures defined by Kari and all works well - even the metro store. I only moved the user profiles. Left the program data on c drive. Now I want to revert the user profiles back to c. I changed the drive for user profiles from E to C in the relocate.xml script and executed the sysprep commands. The user folders appear to have been moved but there's still a trace/data on th e drive. After a little navigating and logging off I got an error. Windows could not repair itself so I tried to restore from an image. Things got worse bc th image expected my profile to be on e but e was not included in the image so ingot a user profile service error.

    Need advice on best way to move all user profiles back to c.

    Thanks

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  2. #81


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro


    First, I'd like to thank you guys for everything here. It was a lot of help on my journey.

    I have a 128gb SSD and a 1TB HDD. Not much different than what most people have.

    I installed Windows normally, booted into audit mode and ran the relocate script. I included moving the ProgramData folder as well as the Users folder.

    When I finally got to sign in with my user account which I created, like everyone else, I couldn't access any Metro apps or settings. So I set out to figure out how to fix this. After reinstalling Windows about 4 times I finally figured it out. I haven't found anyone else, anywhere on the Internet, who has figured this out so I hope that it can help somebody.

    After you're finished following the tutorial Kari posted:

    1) WinKey+R to launch the run dialog
    2) regedit (press ctrl+shift+enter to run in elevated mode)
    3) HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx
    4) Right click on Appx and edit permissions
    5) Click Advanced
    6) At the top it says Owner: xxxxx Change
    7) Click Change
    8) Add yourself as an owner
    9) Apply new settings, Ok
    10) Give yourself permissions as Full Control
    11) Apply, Ok
    12) Right click PackageRepositoryRoot registry key and click Modify
    13) Change the C:\ to your new drive. In my case it looks like this: D:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\AppRepository
    14) Click Ok
    15) Restart Windows

    That should be it, worked for me, hopefully it helps out some others!
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  3. #82


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8 Pro

    Metro Apps Registry Fix


    Hi Anthony,

    Very impressed with your registry fix for the Metro Apps and Store with ProgramData relocated as per Kari's tutorial ......sounds like you're right on the money with this and as you have stated these registry paths are not covered elsewhere on the net

    I too have been having issues with the non standard profiles and suspect that you may be able to point me in the right direction here if I can outline my own 'non standard' situation as having attempted the 'ownership change' you outlined (but obviously NOT the ProgramData path) I still have the issue

    1. I have used Kari's Audit Mode Tutorial to relocate ONLY the C:\Users to D:\Users
    2. I then further reassigned the profile path of my Primary User to that of D:\Primary (modifying Profile Image Path for that Profile's registry key (HKLM/Software/Microsoft/WindowsNT/ProfileList) as I have done since Windows XP.
    3. Secondary Users remain at D:\Users\Secondary
    4. Secondary Users can Sign In and Use the Apps/Store normally
    5. Primary User Account does not enjoy full functionality NOR access to the Store (either via Windows 8 MS Account Sign In or Local Account Sign In with subsequent MS Account Sign In to access the Store)......Store advises either "We weren’t able to connect to the Store. This might have happened because of a server problem or the network connection timed out. Please wait a few minutes and try again." OR using store sign in from local account a momentary spinning disc at the Sign In button and loop back to the button. Attempts to try installing a free app report "Your purchase couldn't be completed. Something happened and your purchase can't be completed." .....It also variously advises that I am not connected to the internet....which clearly I am!!!

    I suspect that the issue lies somewhere in the Appx or similar path which requires modifying to restore normal functionality?

    In simple terms the goal is to achieve the following:
    1. Retain the (Primary) user profile location of D:\Primary (NB. NOT C:\Users\Primary OR D:\Users\Primary)
    2. Sign into Windows 8 with a 'Local' Account
    3. Enjoy full functionality of the Metro Apps......especially the Windows Store
    4. Sign In to the Store FROM my 'Local' Account submitting my 'MS Account' ONLY as and when required to actually 'Sign In' to the Store
    5. Keep other (Secondary) user profiles located in D:\Users\Secondary NOT C:\Users\Secondary

    Any thoughts much appreciated....

    Many thanks in advance,

    PC Pilot
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  4. #83


    Posts : 6
    8 Pro


    Anthony Fleck - The Man!!

    Heres my technical response: It friggin finally works! Metro apps and all. Users AND Program Data relocated according to Kari
    and then doing Anthonys regedit instructions works.
    Hallelujuah!

    Now all you guys that didnt move Program Data before have work to do...
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  5. #84


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8 Pro


    Hi

    Ah it appears to work for others with relocated C:\Users\User to D (or whatever)\Users\User but as my customisation is to D:\User apparently not so.

    I feel I'm getting close to a fix on this......Anybody care to suggest what I might have overlooked here with my particular customisation??

    Desperate to resolve and get my apps/store working

    PC Pilot
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  6. #85


    Posts : 6
    8 Pro


    I should add that moving my Users and Program Data over to D: was all done on a clean install according to Karis original instructions. I then rebooted out of Audit mode, setup acct profile(local-not a msft acct) and I then followed Anthony Flecks instructions using regedit and applying full ownership to that profile.
    My system setup is pretty much the same as his with W8 Pro OS on my SSD and my Users and Program Data on my HDD.
    The Metro Store and all apps work after following the original instructions of this article on a clean install and then using Anthony Flecks method with regedit after.
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  7. #86


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8 Pro


    Hi everyone,

    Looking closer at my non standard customisation issue I have a feeling that I might have a corrupted junction link. Checking my links at elevated command prompt 'dir'. All show up except C:\Users to D:\Users and yet when I try to create that link the system complains "Cannot create a file when that file already exists". Each of the other existing links report similarly as of course they do exist!!!

    Unless anybody can shed any light upon this I intend to bite the bullet and try a further fresh Clean Install of Windows 8 deploying the Users folder onto Drive D: and then moving the main user profile (User1) alongside the Users folder at the root of D: This will at least give me the opportunity to undertake the customization from square one. I would however, like to run my proposed sequence of actions past the experts here just in case I am causing myself problems doing anything in the wrong order or missing out any important process step(s).

    1. Save contents of user folders to an external drive deleting folders remaining on drive D:

    2. Following Kari's Tutorial enter Audit Mode.

    3. Verify Computer Drive Letters in Disk Management and ensure assigned locations are revised in script file.

    4. Use script file to relocate C:\Users to D:\Users.

    5. Boot back to "Out of Box Experience".

    6. At Personalize screen (initial reboot) open elevated command prompt and create mklink /j C:\Users D:\Users

    7. Create initial (dummy) user profile and let Windows 8 complete the install process.

    8. Create further profiles through control panel assigning admin rights to principal users.

    9. Log into an admin profile other than the principal user profile to be modified.

    10. Create new folder at D: root (D:\User1) and copy contents of D:\Users\User1 to the new folder.

    11. Delete folder (D:\Users\User1) and create junction (mklink /j D:\Users\User1 D:\User1)

    12. Run Regedit in Elevated Command Prompt and navigate to key HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx

    13. Right click on Appx and edit permissions, Click Advanced, Change Owner, Add User1, Apply, OK, Give Full Control permissions,
    Apply, OK.

    14. Reboot.

    Not sure if any need to modify HKLM\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList, ProfileImagePath for the User1 (Or others) Profile Key(s) or whether application of the proposed links will be adequate.........

    Any advice much appreciated.

    PC Pilot
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  8. #87


    Posts : 6
    8 Pro


    What I did:

    1. Booted from W8 Pro Disk
    2. When windows asks "where do you want to install? I formatted both my primary SSD and my secondary HDD, also making sure to remove the 350MB System Reserved partition(After researching, felt I duidnt need it).
    3.After formatting both drives, I chose to install W8 onto the SSD drive
    4. After Windows reboots into Audit Mode, cancel the restart to OOBE
    5.Prepared and saved xml script file to D: after making my necessary drive revisions
    6.Opened Sysprep from the command prompt and ran command to relocate the xml file(Karis instructions)
    7.Windows reboots into Audit mode. Reboot to OOBE
    8.I then setup my profile as administrator and logged in
    9.Then followed Anthony Flecks regedit instructions:
    WinKey+R to launch the run dialog
    2) regedit (press ctrl+shift+enter to run in elevated mode)
    3) HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx
    4) Right click on Appx and edit permissions
    5) Click Advanced
    6) At the top it says Owner: xxxxx Change
    7) Click Change
    8) Add yourself as an owner
    9) Apply new settings, Ok
    10) Give yourself permissions as Full Control
    11) Apply, Ok
    12) Right click PackageRepositoryRoot registry key and click Modify
    13) Change the C:\ to your new drive. In my case it looks like this: D:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\AppRepository
    14) Click Ok
    15) Restart Windows

    Everything works fine. Did it on a couple other PCs setup the same way and they work fine as well, Metro apps and all.
    Hope you find an answer
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  9. #88


    Posts : 286
    W8.1 Pro 64


    Seems like this process should be automated at this point. Couldn't this all be done with a scripted app in pre-boot mode? Seems like once someone got it exactly right that many others could benefit? Also, the tweeks could evolve and be fine tuned as reported by the users.
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  10. #89


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8 Pro


    Hi RL70 + Everyone

    Thanks for reviewing....noticed that you didn't mention symbolic junction links (mklink /j) as these are by no means my strong point just wished to clarify on their use with this process as some posters appear to use (require) whilst others don't??

    Secondly, and possibly related? As I wish to undertake the additional step of relocating one of the users from D:\Users\User1 to its own folder alongside the Users folder at the root of D: (D:\User1 ALONGSIDE D:\Users\User2...User3 .etc.) is this best accomplished solely with a symbolic junction link? with/without mod to the registry? ....both??

    Appreciate the experts thoughts on this......

    PC Pilot
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