Windows 10: Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10  

  1.    15 Feb 2018 #1150

    Hi, I used this tutorial a long time ago to locate my user folders on a drive different to the W10 installation. For the first time I'm having problems that W10 won't upgrade to V.1709. It goes through the motions and then at about 45% of the installation it restarts and a message says it is restoring the previous version of windows. I have tried almost everything short of reinstalling windows. I saw on a Microsoft site that moving the users folder can affect updates and I wonder if it is this.

    Has anyone had a similar experience and if so has moving the user folders back to c:\ made a difference?

    Thanks
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       15 Feb 2018 #1151

    Risto said: View Post
    Hi again Kari,
    I'm fully aware that you have mentioned numerous times that relocating the user folder will and have not caused any issues in Windows environment nor with any updates. Would you have any idea why Microsoft advises against doing this in many different Q&A's. They claim that relocating the user folder will cause problems with updates, security and other warnings are told.
    Sorry for a delayed reply.

    Those warnings date from era of Vista. There's nothing in today's Windows 10 preventing relocating the Users folder. Both updates and upgrades work perfectly. Studying possible update / upgrade errors, there's almost always an underlying culprit which has nothing to do with the fact that Users folder is not located on C: drive.


    Johng1010 said: View Post
    Hi All
    I am running windows 10 Home
    Version 1709 (OS Build 16229.192)
    I have been running this on a HDD
    I have now installed onto a SSD
    I have created a user on the SSD with the same name as a user on HDD
    Is it possible to have the SSD user use the existing user profile on the HDD?
    Any answer appreciated
    I am not sure I fully understand your question. Assuming that you mean you have made a new clean install on SSD, then no, you cannot use the same Users folder already on HDD which belongs to another installation.

    You should copy your data (docs, pics, videos, music and so on) from the old Users folder to another drive, then format the partition on HDD containing the old Users folder. When done, you can then sysprep installation on SSD and move Users folder to that partition.


    legaleagle said: View Post
    Hi, I used this tutorial a long time ago to locate my user folders on a drive different to the W10 installation. For the first time I'm having problems that W10 won't upgrade to V.1709. It goes through the motions and then at about 45% of the installation it restarts and a message says it is restoring the previous version of windows. I have tried almost everything short of reinstalling windows. I saw on a Microsoft site that moving the users folder can affect updates and I wonder if it is this.
    I just upgraded last night to Windows Insider build 17604 without an issue, my Users folder being on E: drive. It's impossible to tell why your upgrade fails without you telling about the error codes you got, but the reason is not relocated Users folder.

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  3.    18 Feb 2018 #1152

    Thank you Kari for the reply.

    When I try to update the normal way in W10 I don't get an error message but when I go to the update settings and click on Update history there are a string of messages that it failed to install version 1709. Following recommendations on another site I tried a manual install which also didn't work. I then tried a manual re-installation of windows and I got the message below. There is 21.8gb free on my c: drive where windows is installed and 23.8gb on my d: drive where users are installed and all data is located. Thanks again
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  4.    27 Feb 2018 #1153

    System running well, but do to different demands on my system, my G: drive where my User folder resides has become too small (250GB). I like to replace the drive with a 1 TB drive. my question is...

    Can I just clone the G:drive to the new 1 TB drive, call it G after the swap?
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       27 Feb 2018 #1154

    HC1Gunner said: View Post
    System running well, but do to different demands on my system, my G: drive where my User folder resides has become too small (250GB). I like to replace the drive with a 1 TB drive. my question is...

    Can I just clone the G:drive to the new 1 TB drive, call it G after the swap?
    Theoretically, it should work. I must admit I have never done that, I will test that scenario later this week.

    Thinking about it, about the fact that if you boot to Windows before the new drive has got letter G and the old G: is no longer present, Windows would fail to boot. You would get to sign-in screen but system could not proceed from there because G: where Users folder is located would be missing. On the other hand, if you boot with duplicate Users folders on two different partitions / disks, it might also cause issues.

    This is how I would do it. Lot's of steps but trust me, this only takes a few minutes plus time required to clone old disk:

    1.) Clone old disk to new HDD / SSD using your preferred imaging / cloning software.

    2.) Shutdown PC

    3.) Remove old disk (optional, see steps 7 & 8 below).

    4.) Create a WinPE USB boot device (tutorial, process is fast and easy).

    5.) Boot from WinPE USB, do not let Windows boot from hard disk!

    6.) WinPE boots automatically to Command Prompt. Run Windows Disk Partitioning tool by typing diskpart and pressing Enter.

    7.) Enter command list vol to get a list of all volumes. Check the list, find the drive letter for partition containing Users folder on old disk if you did not remove it in step 3. above, and drive letter for same partition on cloned new disk. Notice that when booting to WinPE, drive letters might be different than when booting normally, drive G: might be shown as drive F: or something else. In any case, whatever drive letters are shown, change them.

    8.) If the old disk was not removed in step 3, select it by entering command sel vol X where X is its volume number. Change its drive letter to any unused letter with command assign letter=Y where Y is the new drive letter.

    9.) Now select the cloned partition on new disk with command sel vol X where X is its volume number. Assign it the letter G with command assign letter=G

    10.) Type exit and press Enter to quit Diskpart.

    That's it. remove WinPE USB, reset / restart PC booting normally to Windows.

    In screenshot an example of this process, changing drive letters in WinPE Command Prompt. Screenshot is taken from a normal admin Command Prompt but the looks and commands are exactly the same in WinPE. In example in screenshot I wanted to find out volume number for my Recovery partition and change it to W:
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    Please notice, I would never even dream about starting this process before I had made a complete system image containing the disk where Windows partition is located and disk containing partition where Users folder is located.

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  6.    01 Mar 2018 #1155

    I not disagreeing, and I'm going to follow your directions to the "T" when I get my new drive. But if I clone the drive, and you shut down your system, swap the drives, other than the the size difference, how would this be a problem for Windows, or cause problems. I'm just wondering?
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       02 Mar 2018 #1156

    HC1Gunner said: View Post
    I not disagreeing, and I'm going to follow your directions to the "T" when I get my new drive. But if I clone the drive, and you shut down your system, swap the drives, other than the the size difference, how would this be a problem for Windows, or cause problems. I'm just wondering?
    First, just to be sure I want to repeat what I told you in my previous post: I have not tested this, the instructions are based on a theory. Anyway, it should work.

    OK, your question: when you clone old G: drive to a new disk, the new partition cannot get letter G: because the old disk is still present. Because it is extremely important that the Users folder can be found by system, you need to be absolutely sure that the new partition on new disk containing your cloned Users folder is G:.

    The WinPE boot > DISKPART procedure will do exactly that, change drive letter to correct one.

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  8.    18 Mar 2018 #1157

    Hello everyone! I need help. I previously relocated my user folder to a different drive. But unfortunately, that drive recently failed and is now with our Creator. How do I create a new user folder for my main profile, like how it originally was before I relocated to another drive? I was thinking to just do a fresh install since its not really a problem at all. But I just thought to ask first if there's an easier way to do it. Thanks in advance.
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       18 Mar 2018 #1158

    wewinjiggy said: View Post
    Hello everyone! I need help. I previously relocated my user folder to a different drive. But unfortunately, that drive recently failed and is now with our Creator. How do I create a new user folder for my main profile, like how it originally was before I relocated to another drive? I was thinking to just do a fresh install since its not really a problem at all. But I just thought to ask first if there's an easier way to do it. Thanks in advance.
    If the drive where Users folder was relocated is dead, a new, fresh clean install is the best you can do.
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  10.    20 Mar 2018 #1159

    hi kari,

    i am trying to use method 1 on my laptop. i had tried to use method 2 on the existing system a little over a year ago, but got locked out of the system. i didn't have time to mess with it then, but recently i decided to try again and did a factory restore back to the initial windows setup.

    in my previous attempt i got the partitions all set up, and i have the unanswered file thingy saved in the root directory of the D drive all ready to go.

    i started the install
    instructions say to skip the 'product key', but my key is hardwired in the system and i do not get that prompt.
    i powered down at the customize / express settings page
    i rebooted from the macrium boot CD
    i imaged the system
    i rebooted to the install, which does come back to the settings page,
    ...but when i hit ctrl-shft-F3, to reboot to audit mode from the settings page, nothing happens

    has the procedure changed with the myriad of updates to windows since it was written?
    ...or does my lenovo ideapad laptop use a different key combo to enter audit mode?
    ...or am i just screwing something up?

    thanks for any help!
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