Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10  

  1. Kari's Avatar
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       03 Oct 2018 #1220

    Mordechai said: View Post
    I assume that I have to format the HDD, before attempting to start method 1 again on the new SSD. Is this correct?
    Yes.

    Mordechai said: View Post
    - If so, is the sequence of steps as follows:
    i. Install Windows 10 on SSD.
    ii. Back up contents of HDD to external drive.
    iii. Format HDD
    iv. Reinstall Windows 10 on SSD, following method 1?
    That will work.


    werdoe said: View Post
    1. Is there any decrease/decline of speed from windows start up and/or program start up? I have read several talks about moving appdata negates the use of SSD to boost speed in opening programs. it this true? if yes, does it really have a noticeable difference?

    2. If somehow, being dumb, i did something wrong while on the process, will it damage the SSD drive? im not afraid to do any mistake, but im afraid of the owner of the laptop - the wife.

    3. Is there any known conflict? bugs? with this setup when running outlook? adobe sw?

    4. Lastly, i dont want to be rude, but I just want to be 110% sure, the opening post is updated right? and will work for 1803? hbt 1809? will it matter if it is upgraded to 1809?!
    1. No difference, none at all. Speeds are the same as the Windows system still resides on SSD.
    2. No.
    3. No.
    4. I have used this method continuously since first beta versions of Windows Vista back in 2006. I use it on all physical machines, without an exception, have used in all Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 & 8.1, and in each and every Windows 10 version since I joined Insider program the day first Windows 10 preview version was released 1st of October, 2014. I am currently using it in latest Windows Insider Preview build for version 1903, released yesterday (or today in US time).

      I have never had any issues. Updates, upgrades, everything works. Everything user profile related is stored on another drive, that's all.

    Kari
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  2.    04 Oct 2018 #1221

    Hi and thanks.
    I have done the process and all seems fine but did notice something you did not said why.
    In the video of your original method 1 you say you changed the install windows path to the install.wma.
    yet in the code file this is not there anymore. so guess its not needed?
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  3. Kari's Avatar
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       04 Oct 2018 #1222

    trebleta said: View Post
    So guess its not needed?
    No, it's not needed.
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  4.    04 Oct 2018 #1223

    Kari said: View Post
    1. No difference, none at all. Speeds are the same as the Windows system still resides on SSD.
    2. No.
    3. No.
    4. I have used this method continuously since first beta versions of Windows Vista back in 2006. I use it on all physical machines, without an exception, have used in all Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 & 8.1, and in each and every Windows 10 version since I joined Insider program the day first Windows 10 preview version was released 1st of October, 2014. I am currently using it in latest Windows Insider Preview build for version 1903, released yesterday (or today in US time).

      I have never had any issues. Updates, upgrades, everything works. Everything user profile related is stored on another drive, that's all.

    Kari
    Thank you so much Kari!
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  5.    30 Oct 2018 #1224

    Having troubles relocating users folders


    Hi,
    I posted this in the forums area, but another user suggested I post it here instead. I'm not sure how the forum and the tutorial "posts" flow together or not.

    Having troubles with relocating users folders.

    The short description is that I think I have performed all the steps in the video, but my folders are not moved. I can not tell if my relocate.xml is being processed or not. The post in the forum has more details.

    Thanks.
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       30 Oct 2018 #1225

    poptart992000 said: View Post
    The post in the forum has more details.
    Please post all details in this tutorial thread.
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  7.    31 Oct 2018 #1226

    Having troubles relocating users folders


    Hello, (here's the details from the other thread).

    I am trying to follow the 'Move Users Folders to another location' (Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials)
    tutorial and I cannot get my Windows system to move the folders.

    I watched the Video, very helpful, and noticed a mention of an "all important" Windows install file "windows.vim" file ... but I could not find that file on my system. This is about 3:27 into the video.

    I had to recently use the "Media Creation Tool" to re-install Windows 10 as all but one of my user accounts failed to login. So I thought I would move all my account to another drive, just in case my primary drive is failing

    Since I am running Windows 10 1803, 17134.345; I read that I did not have to de-activate the other users, so I did not.

    When I run the sysprep command:
    "%windir%\system32\sysprep\sysprep.exe /oobe /reboot /unattend:d:\relocate.xml"

    My system reboots and I go through the screens shown in the tutorial. I create a dummy account and I think all the rest. When I log into that account, the user folders are all still pointing to "C:\Users". All the other users' folders are also still pointing to "C:\Users" as well. I can not tell if the 'unattend' file is actually being used or if there is some error happening.

    Is there a log file someplace that records the install/sysprep results or progress.

    Below is my sysprep unattended file: [I changed to 'x86' and Profiles to "D:\Users", this was just copied from the tenForums web site.] I did notice that in the video, there is an extra line "cpi" and some reference to Windows 10 "Edition", but that line seemed optional according to another posting on this forum.

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="oobeSystem">
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <FolderLocations>
    <ProfilesDirectory>D:\Users</ProfilesDirectory>
    </FolderLocations>
    </component>
    </settings>
    </unattend>


    I hope there's not too much information here, I was trying to show everything all at once. (I think I can manually move the folders by using the "location" tab on the properties pages, but I was hoping that this sysprep would work.)

    Thanks for any advice.
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  8.    1 Week Ago #1227

    Hey Kari,

    I'm actually having the same issue as poptart992000. I created a relocate.xml file on my D:, used the sysprep command (sysprep /oobe /reboot /unattend:d:\relocate.xml) which prompted a reboot on my system, I was then redirected to an assisted installation using Cortana, which for some reason retains my network information and doesn't move the Users folder at the end of the process.
    For further information, my system is a T480s from Lenovo using the OEM installed Windows 10 Home, currently version 1803 build 17134.407.
    Last edited by GryphonBR; 1 Week Ago at 23:03. Reason: Missing the used sysprep command
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  9.    5 Days Ago #1228

    Hello Karin ... back again with silly question:
    ( Just discovered your TubeChannel - Happy you did it! )

    Do your videotutorial have no sound ?
    If so, may you please put a comment below, making it sticky, saying "no sound on this video" ???

    Reason:
    When you build a new PC, need Karin support .... run the video...
    and start to wonder if that PC is working ... or if (suddenly) sound has dropped out of the system
    (again - as it happened before)

    Or a better alternative:
    A small initial speech "I'm Karin, Welcome to my channel, this tutorial has NO SOUND"


    Alain
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  10.    5 Days Ago #1229

    Hi Kari

    Have a question for you. I've searched around the web and this post and I can't find an answer to a question I have (sorry if already asked). I also would like to move the User's directory of the C: drive of an SSD to a HDD, but don't want to keep re-moving it back to the SSD every time an upgrade (hope I used the correct term) comes along. So my question is what if I keep the User's directory on my boot drive of C:, but move my specific user name directory under User's and then put in a symbolic link?

    For example: C:\Users\Optimistic is currently what I have, login under Admin and move just Optimistic directory to HDD, and then make a symbolic link from C:\Users\Optimistic (symbolic link) to D:\Users\Optimistic.

    1. Would this work?
    2. Would this work for even Windows upgrades?
    3. Can you see any problems with this?


    I know every time a new user was added I would have to move their directory, but this is not a problem for me.

    Did want to say great thread, and it's wonderful how you stay with it. Saw lots of threads years out of date on other sires.

    Thanks.
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