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  1. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 2
    Windows 7
       2015-06-23 #50

    Kari, I'm too having same issue as previous post. I been doing some testing to get ready to migrate my win 7 desktop to windows 10, so I been using an old laptop to move users from c: to d: following first step 3 and then 2, after upgrading from win 7, but I'm not getting it right. After I'm done moving to d: I keep getting a black screen with just the mouse. If I create a junction from c:/users to d:/users everything works fine. I'm using build 10130. Any recommendations? I'm missing something?... Sorry if I miss something in the previous posts, but I can not find any reference to this particular problem. BTW... After finishing sysprep to move to d: I noticed that users existed still on c: with just a couple of folders.
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
    Posts : 9,074
    Windows 10 Pro
       2015-06-23 #51

    @Acteo & @jfgarciamex

    First, welcome to the Ten Forums, both of you .

    Sysprep has had issues in all builds since 9879. My tests for instance go fifty fifty; half of the Sysprep runs everything runs as it should, the other half Sysprep fails or when the machine boots back to OOBE it goes to endless reboot loop.

    We are expecting a new build any day now. I suggest you stop using Sysprep now in build 10130 and we'll wait the next build to see if the issues and bugs have been resolved.

    Anyway, please notice that if you use the Sysprep to relocate the Users folder you should not use any additional links and junctions. This makes the system unstable. It is totally normal that some of the user data remains in C:\Users even after the Users folder has been moved to D:\Users. In any case this C:\Users folder remains almost empty but it needs to be there.

    Kari
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  3. Joined : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
    Posts : 9,074
    Windows 10 Pro
       2015-07-07 #52

    Note   Note
    It looks as if the upgrade restrictions are gone and we are now able to do an in-place upgrade even when the Users folder remains on another drive than C:. Please read my post about this in another thread: Windows 10 build 10162 Released - Page 63 - Windows 10 Forums

    Anyway, this needs some extensive testing before we can be sure but at least I can say that this laptop I am using to post this had Build 10159 last night, with the Users folder relocated on E: drive. This morning I woke up to an upgraded Build 10162, all my users still intact on E: and absolutely no issues. It looks promising but really, as I said, needs more testing before I am willing to remove the upgrade warnings and workaround from this tutorial.

    Kari
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  4. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 2
    Windows 7
       2015-07-08 #53

    Kari, I did a test today with build 10162 and Windows 7. I follow your procedure to move USERS to d: with Windows 7, and after was done, did a direct upgrade to Windows 10, and to my surprise it worked!... so I guess we need to wait for final build and hope to move USERS to other drive different that C: is no longer a Windows restriction... I will keep doing some testing and inform if I identify something additional...
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  5. Joined : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
    Posts : 9,074
    Windows 10 Pro
       2015-07-08 #54

    Yes, after my previous post where I told about this finding I have also tested With 7 and 8.1, relocating the users to E: then installing some software, finally upgraded to build 10162. Absolutely no issue

    I will relax and trust this on 29th when the GA version is out, but its looking good.
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  6. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Build 10162
       2015-07-10 #55

    Hey Kari, thanks for the tutorial. I have clean installed Windows 10 Build 10162, and since Build 10166 was released, I have been trying to upgrade using your instructions.

    I managed to move back the users folder to the C: drive with sysprep, but I have no DWORD Upgrade in my registry, and with my Key Upgrade I cannot completely delete its contents (Cannot delete Upgrade: Error while deleting key.). So under Upgrade, I'm left with DoMp and Pnp keys and their registry entries.

    I don't know if this is causing an error in my upgrade because every time I download the upgrade for build 10166 and restart to upgrade, windows starts up with a black screen and Win XP styled cursor. Then after a few minutes, my PC restarts to only show that I am still on build 10162. The upgrade seems to be failing and the only thing I can point it to is my inability to delete those registry keys that fail to delete because of some permissions issue.
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  7. Joined : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
    Posts : 9,074
    Windows 10 Pro
       2015-07-10 #56

    Hi Specartdev, welcome to the Ten Forums.

    You didn't notice the note I posted just three posts before yours:

    Note   Note
    It looks as if the upgrade restrictions are gone and we are now able to do an in-place upgrade even when the Users folder remains on another drive than C:. Please read my post about this in another thread: Windows 10 build 10162 Released - Page 63 - Windows 10 Forums

    Anyway, this needs some extensive testing before we can be sure but at least I can say that this laptop I am using to post this had Build 10159 last night, with the Users folder relocated on E: drive. This morning I woke up to an upgraded Build 10162, all my users still intact on E: and absolutely no issues. It looks promising but really, as I said, needs more testing before I am willing to remove the upgrade warnings and workaround from this tutorial.


    The upgrade to 10162 or later builds works now without any need to move the Users back to C: or removing any keys or DWords. I cannot tell why you getting such a message when trying to delete a key but as of build 10162 it is irrelevant.

    Move the Users back to where they were and try to upgrade. Make an ISO image first and upgrade from that, not through Windows Update.

    I still need to test this new upgrade policy, being able to upgrade even with relocated Users folder, but at the moment it looks as this restriction does no longer exist.
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  8. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Build 10162
       2015-07-11 #57

    Hi Kari, I moved the users folder back and tried to attempt an upgrade via the ISO. Once the installation completes and a reboot occurs, Windows starts its loading screen, but after the loading screen, it goes black for a few minutes and reboots. Still stuck on 10162 I suppose.

    I will try a VM with 10162 and then will try upgrading with a moved users folder there to 10166. Could be the new build.

    EDIT:

    I actually got an error message from the installer just now:

    0x80073BC3 - 0x20009
    The installation failed in the SAFE_OS phase with an error during PREPARE_ROLLBACK operation

    I'll do some research; apparently some talk about drivers and possible startup programs not being compatible.
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  9. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6
    Win 10 Home
       2015-07-29 #58

    Hi Kari, thanks for the tut!A question for you or anyone else, if I wanted to relocate my program files/data off my SSD, is using symlinks still the way to go?Thanks
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  10. Joined : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
    Posts : 9,074
    Windows 10 Pro
       2015-07-29 #59

    SpiralZero said: View Post
    Hi Kari, thanks for the tut!A question for you or anyone else, if I wanted to relocate my program files/data off my SSD, is using symlinks still the way to go?Thanks
    I don't recommend relocating anything else than the Users folder but if you must, use links. A far better method is simply change the installation folder manually when installing software, most software let you do that.
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