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Moving "User" folder when Win 8 preinstalled

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    Windows 8 Pro

    Moving "User" folder when Win 8 preinstalled


    Hi

    I am attempting to relocate the Users folder from C:/ to D:/ (these are physically distinct internal 1 TB drives) as par of a new clean install of Windows 8 on a new laptop.

    I am following the tutorial here: User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

    The problem I face is at the stage of creating an answer file for the Sysprep tool.

    Windows 8 is preinstalled and there is no separate installation media - rather it boots/reinstalls off a petition on the C:/ drive. Hnce I cannot run the unattend file command line:

    <cpifflineImage cpi:source="wim:F:/sources/install.wim#Windows 8" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />

    Where F: would be a CD drive or USB drive.

    I have tried creating recovery media on a USB stick using the HP utility, but while this works there appears to be no directory structure or file comparable to that listed above. Indeed there seems to be no install.wim file anywhere.

    As I am told pre-installs are very common on Win 8 laptops (mine is an HP Envy17-j005tx), I assume there is an alternative approach but I can't find it.....

    Any help or pointers gratefully received.

    Thanks!
    JGG

    PS As to why I want to move the Users folder - I have XP set up like this on my old desktop and it makes for a far saner directory structure, easier backup and if one needs to reinstall Windows, it makes for a much cleaner simpler process as User information is preserved on a separate disk. Also one is much less likely to run out of disk space!!

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
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    Windows 8 Pro


    Thanks for the quick reply.

    I read that post right through, including all comments, as part of looking at how to move the User profiles and there seem to be a number of people reporting stability issues in the comments. A couple of posts redirect to the link in my original message.

    Do you know if the stability and other issues flagged with this alternative method have been resolved? Clearly it seems much more straightforward but I am unsure if it will actually deliver a problem-free move :-)

    JGG
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Moving "User" folder when Win 8 preinstalled
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