Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10  

  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10

    MadMabb said:
    Hi Kari! I followed this guide to move Users folder and it of course worked perfectly. Thank you, very much appreciate your contribution and insight!

    The problem I am encountering is that I now want to swap out the SSD which serves as my D: for a higher capacity one. I cloned the SSD, then swapped out the drives, but on login I get an error about the User Profile Service. Copying files seems between drives gives the same results.
    I'm imagining this has something to do with the UID particular to each drive. I'm not sure how to overcome this short of re-installing Windows. In this case, do I need to follow Method 2 to relocate the Users back to C:, perform the drive swap, and then relocate Users again back to D:?
    Seems like a lot of work to be able to swap the drive out. I'm hoping you know of a more straightforward method.

    EDIT: i think I found your answer to a similar question on page 93 of this thread. As an aside and to the point you made there, I did try to boot into my imaging program and restore the cloned image, but that didn't do the trick. So i guess it's off to try Method 2!
    Just a quick update... Method 2 worked like a charm! I moved the folders back to C, swapped the drives and reassigned drive letters, then moved the Users folders back to D using Method 2 again. Then it was just a matter of copying over files from backups. Now that I have a Macrium backup going I'm feeling pretty good about where things are. I expected a lot more problems, but Win10 seems to handle the moving of the Users folder better than Win7 did.

    When last I moved the default Users folder in Win 7, I made use of a junction from C:\Users to D:\Users... is there any need for the junction with the Methods presented in this tutorial?
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  2. Posts : 2,664
    Windows 11 21H2 (22000.593)

    No - this method moves it without needing it in most cases (the exception being where software is hard-coded to write to C:\Users\{username}\AppData\{Local/Roaming}\{somefoldername} - in which case you might need to make that junction if you really don't want that info on the System drive at all but need / want to use that particular application(s)).

    Also, this method was just as easy in Windows 7 as it is in Windows 10.

    In fact, Kari was the one that wrote up the original tutorial at the sister site on how to move the \Users tree (as well as \ProgramData and a couple of other folders) off the system drive onto another.

    Prior to me finding Kari's tutorial there, I used to use a different method, using an app from called profile relocater to accomplish this.
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  3. Posts : 17,661
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    hbmonk said:
    I created an installation USB thing to try and restore from a restore point, but I get this error:
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    System restore won't work in this situation. You need to restore a full system image, do a factory reset or clean install Windows.

    MadMabb said:
    When last I moved the default Users folder in Win 7, I made use of a junction from C:\Users to D:\Users... is there any need for the junction with the Methods presented in this tutorial?
    You should never use junctions and symlinks if you have used Sysprep to relocate the Users folder.
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  4. Posts : 17,661
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Note   Note
    I am a bit tired of continuously reminding about the hazards of doing this on an existing installation, Method Two in this tutorial.

    I've had this warning in place at the beginning of Method Two to remind about importance to backup your system before proceeding:

    warning   Warning
    Remember to create a system image before proceeding!

    In Windows 10, this method might cause existing user accounts losing Start Menu and Search functionality. All new accounts will be OK.

    Apparently that is not strong enough warning, I have now edited it. Method Two now starts with this:

    warning   Warning
    Do not proceed before creating a system image!

    Sysprepping an existing installation with an OEM pre-installed Windows is risky. Manufacturers might have their own unattended answer files in place which ignore your custom unattended files. Anything can go wrong when sysprepping an existing installation, I do not recommend doing this.

    If you decide to try it and it fails and you post about it, I will remind you about this warning asking you to restore the system image you made before proceeding.

    Additionally, in Windows 10, this method might cause existing user accounts losing Start Menu and Search functionality. All new accounts will be OK.

    Short: relocating Users folder with Sysprep should only be done on new, clean installs. Trying this Method Two, relocating Users on an existing installation might force you to do a complete reinstall or restore your PC to factory state.

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  5. Posts : 6
    Windows 10

    I did a lot of method to relocate "C:\Users" ...
    And I have always the same very boring result "ProfSvc couldn't load your profile." and after 3-4 restart it loads a temp profile I open regedit and changes refcount to 0 from 800 at "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList"
    Under seven I didnt have a single problem during years here every week I have to do that I am done.
    I tried clean install then shift+f10 rococopy + regedit edit like 100 times and your method like 10 times and I have this ****ing error every 3-4 days.
    Really I don't understand why do I fail ?
    I did the exact procedure and I tried to download other windows 10 iso ...
    I am so out ... really please can you help me to fix this definitely ?
    Last edited by EniD; 29 Apr 2017 at 17:32.
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  6. Posts : 17,661
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    EniD said:
    I replied to your other post about this issue: ProfSvc failed when I reloacate C:\Users - - Windows 10 Forums
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  7. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Professional


    I want to change the Users folder location to a file server.


    Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10-regedit.png

    I change the HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\ CurrentVersion\ProfileList\ProfilesDirectory key "%SystemDrive%\Users% to "\\server\Users" ,but when i try to logon returns an error "The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded."

    Windows logs shows that the event error is the Event ID 1533 and Event ID 1500.

    Someone already configured this way?
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  8. Posts : 2
    Windows 10

    Hello there,

    I have my System disk full, so much that I have enormous problems in doing almost everything suggested because of a lack of system space (for example, installing Macrium and the PE component is a struggle).
    I would like to follow method 2, but I have seen that the tutorial has changed from the one explained in the method 2 video (in the video the tutorial page is shown for a while, and I can see that there are a few lines that are now missing, for example the one that specifies the Windows edition)...

    So, I would like to ask a few questions before going for it.

    1) I think that the install.esd has to be converted into install.wim, right? I ask because this is one of the lines now gone in the tutorial

    2) When running the Sysprep, do I really need all of the Windows system disk? Or is the install.wim enough?

    Say, I have 3 drives (C:, D:, E:) and one cd-reader (F:)
    I want the users folder relocated to E:.
    I am thinking about putting only the .wim file and not the whole Windows disk to D:, and to modify the relocate script telling it to look for the .wim file in drive D:
    Will it work?

    3) In the video I saw "Following the installation media location, separated with #, see that you have the Windows version correctly ...". This line is now gone in the tutorial. Is it still valid? If no, why?

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  9. Posts : 2
    Windows 10

    Never mind, I found that install.wim is no longer required and this gets me rid of all the three questions. Thanks anyway!
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  10. Posts : 7
    Win10 Pro

    The Audit Mode will not work under Windows Power Shell

    While doing this procedure on the latest version of Win 10 Creation, on a new Gigabyte Brik, I discovered the Audit mode will not function under Windows Powershell(admin), which Win10 evokes when you try and do a cmd.exe.
    I was able to get around this, but the documentation needs to be updated.

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