You are welcome
You are welcome
I am performing the move user folder procedure on a new installation, All went well until I get to the Get Going Fast screen. I select Use Express settings and the system reboots to the HI there screen where you set the country etc. it just keeps going in a loop: Hi there, Product key (do it later), and Get going fast.
Things to check:
- The processor architecture is set correctly in answer file, x86 for 32 bit Windows and amd64 for 64 bit Windows
- The target drive (where you want the Users folder to be relocated) should not have any whatsoever system files or folders from any previous Windows installation
- The target drive really exists. IF you set the profile folder to be moved to drive X: but Windows only finds drives C:, E: and F:, it can't do nothing and keeps rebooting. Especially if relocating Users to D: drive you should read the warning in the tutorial:
WarningIf you intend to use drive D: as the location for the relocated Users folder, please read this before proceeding!
Windows "likes" to set the the drive ID letters like this:
- Drive C: > The system drive where Windows will be installed
- Drive D: > First optical drive (CD / DVD drive)
- Drive E: > Second partition on the same disk where the C: is located, or in case that disk only has one partition, the first partition on the secondary disk
Now when you sysprep telling it to move the Users to D: drive, after the reboot Windows might find that the D: is an optical drive and your intended drive D: is now E:, sysprep fails and you have to reinstall.
To be sure you are able to use drive D: for the relocated Users folder you need to set the drive letters manually before the sysprep is run. In Audit Mode you can do this for instance with Disk Management by manually changing the drive letters:
- Change the optical drive letter to something at the end of the alphabet, I use X:
- Change the drive letter of the partition or disk you intend to use for the Users folder to D:
- If the partition or disk you want to use already has a letter D:, change it to something else, close the Disk Management, open it again and change the letter back to D:
See the tutorial at our sister site the Seven Forums: Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows - Windows 7 Help Forums
I recommend to always set drive letters manually to override the defaults but this is especially important for those wanting to use drive D: for relocated Users folder.
I choose "ISO File" in Media Creation Tool, but I keep ending up with an "install.esd" file in my Sources folder, and not an install.wim.
Even when I burned a DVD as the last step, its still a .esd.
What am I doing wrong? I need a install.wim so I finish the my new installation with the user files (and Public) on the D: drive. Made it to the Audit mode step.
OK, got it working. WOW, that was a TON of work (I had never used SysPrep) and I learned a lot, but wow.
THANK YOU for making this info available. Great to have Public now also on D:, one of the key other benefits I needed.
I sure wish Windows had this as a standard feature, and not the half-baked solution they have in the Storage panel.
You are welcome. Good to know you made it
Ty for the tutorial. It worked for me perfectly.
Now i have the following question - If i capture my windows 10 pc (with changed location of users folder to other drive not C) with dism to a wim file, will i be able to restore windows to 50 other pcs same as this with that wim file or i need to use different type of capture ? I have working deployment server which works with other wim files with latest version of deployment workbench.
The point is that i need to prepare 50 more pcs same as my base one to work exactly the same with users folder location moved to other drive. Those pcs got small SSD disks for operating system which are too small for user files but if i manage to set users folder for all to other partition on their second sata3 1TB disks it would be perfect for me.
Sorry if this question is asked before, i didn't have time to read all the posts here.
10x in advance.
Best regards: Tony
Thanks very much for a very comprehensive tutorial.
I would be interested in doing this for the following reason:
I'd like to be in a position, every few months or so, to make a system disk image, so that I can revert to if I have any problems with my system. However, I can't do that at the moment, because I have about 550 GB of data on the C drive, and so successive system disk images would be so large that I would run out of space on my backup USB drive quite quickly. So the idea of moving all of my "User" data to another disk, a D drive, and having a relatively small, system, C drive, appeals to me.
The only problem I have, however, is that the "AppData" folder which is in each User folder, would move to the alternate disc too. This would mean that, if I ever had to revert to a previous system disk image, the "AppData" folder, on the D drive would not necessarily correspond to the programs installed on the C drive. Would this cause problems?