Windows 10: Moving USERS folder to D: drive, no install.wim file, just boot.wim?

  1. Posts : 11
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       02 Dec 2016 #1

    Moving USERS folder to D: drive, no install.wim file, just boot.wim?

    Hi everyone,

    I have just done a clean, fresh reinstall of Windows 10 using the USB media creation tool (installs a clean 1607 build and then I update it), but I'm running on a laptop with small SSD and a huge secondary hard drive. So now I want to migrate the C:\USERS folder location to D: drive. I am trying to follow an excellent guide from tenforums, using the relocate.xml file. However, on my Windows 10 USB boot stock, I do not have the \sources\install.wim file necessary for this step.

    The only wim file there is on the USB media stick is \sources\boot.wim.

    Can I still go on with the procedure described above and put "boot.wim" instead of "install.wim" on the USB drive (G:) in the relocate.xml file?

    I would very much try to avoid digging up the Windows 10 original CD which does have the install.wim file. First, I'm not sure where it is, but also, I am trying to solve a very annoying problem with windows, which has happenned during the update of older Windows 10 build to anniversary update - so I would like to avoid any windows components or installation that are older than 1607 build, like the Windows 10 CD.

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  2.    02 Dec 2016 #2

    Notice at the beginning of the tutorial you linked to (Users Folder - Move Location in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums) that you have to use Option One to get the Windows ISO file to create the Windows 10 USB flash drive from. It contains install.wim. The USB flash drive that the Media Creation Tool Creates (which is Option Two) contains install.esd in the sources folder instead of install.wim.

    Windows 10 ISO Download - Windows 10 Forums
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  3. Posts : 11
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Thread Starter
       02 Dec 2016 #3

    Hm, that's true, I used my old USB Media Cration Tool stick, guess I forgot.

    In the meantime, I actually found elsewhere on tenforums that that line is not so important :) So I did the migration without that line in XML, seems to have worked fine

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