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  1.    07 Aug 2015 #120
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    Quote Originally Posted by samgates View Post
    Does this method of moving user folder to another partition work on windows 10 latest version?
    If yes, what are the instructions for doing so?
    thanks to Kari
    Yes. For instructions, see the this tutorial.
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  2.    07 Aug 2015 #121
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    where are these instructions? the latest method for doing so.
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  3.    07 Aug 2015 #122
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    Yes. For instructions, see the this tutorial.
    I cannot see any links!!! what are you suggesting?
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  4.    07 Aug 2015 #123
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    some time ago I used this method to move user folder to another partition in win 8.1:
    1. reboot with win DVD and using cmd move the user folder to another patition
    2. delete the default user folder on C: and make a symbolic link to the new location
    3. go back to windows

    The problem after doing so is this:
    When you use windows's search to find stuff located in your user folder it won't find anything, and also you won't be able to change some folders that are in the indexing options part (which are being indexed) because of this folder movement.

    also there is another problem: the speed of the windows search will decrease.
    -----------
    my question is this:

    does your method of using audit mode solve those problems?
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  5.    07 Aug 2015 #124
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    Quote Originally Posted by samgates View Post
    Does this method of moving user folder to another partition work on windows 10 latest version?
    If yes, what are the instructions for doing so?
    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    Yes. For instructions, see the this tutorial.
    Quote Originally Posted by samgates View Post
    where are these instructions? the latest method for doing so.
    Quote Originally Posted by samgates View Post
    I cannot see any links!!! what are you suggesting?
    You are posting in a tutorial thread, a tutorial which gives instructions to the process you are interested in. "This tutorial" refers of course to this tutorial, the very same you are reading now.

    Please do not send a visitor or private message to me after posting. I will follow my own tutorial threads and response when and as fast as I can to each post. A message to me does not speed up my response.
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  6.    07 Aug 2015 #125
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    Quote Originally Posted by Megahertz View Post
    Thanks Kari,
    As Win 10 final release has only two versions, Home and Professional, I was in doubt what to use in the path. You just answered my question.
    Megahertz


    I am not sure I understand what you mean? If you mean the last command line in answer file and the Windows version and edition there, you use Windows 10 or Windows 10 Pro (replace drive X with the actual drive containing your valid Windows 10 install media):

    Code:
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:X:\sources\install.wim#Windows 10" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
    -- OR --

    Code:
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:X:\sources\install.wim#Windows 10 PRO" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
    Kari
    [/QUOTE]



    Kari, I have a win 10 enterprise x86 edition. and my installation DVD contains install.esd instead of wim version.
    What settings in that last line should I use? and will it work?
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  7.    07 Aug 2015 #126
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    Of course I have no right to tell to anyone how to read tutorials, so I will only tell how I check a tutorial when I need help in something: I first read the tutorial itself, then if there's something not clear enough I will browse the thread fast through checking if my concerns have already been handled. When the fast browsing through the pages still does not answer my questions, I check the posts at the end of the tutorial from past few days or so.

    When still no answer, I will post my questions in the tutorial thread.

    That being said, the quotes below are from this same thread from yesterday and earlier today and should answer your question:

    Quote Originally Posted by Hentheden View Post
    I'm trying to move it from Disk C:\ to D:\, my install media is in drive E. The one thing that was bugging me was that in the code it says
    Code:
    cpi:source="wim:E:\sources\install.wim#Windows 10 PRO"
    , but an install.wim doesn't exist on the usb stick in the sources folder, but an install.esd does.

    Should it instead be
    Code:
    cpi:source="esd:E:\sources\install.esd#Windows 10 PRO"
    ?
    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    No, it should be the install.wim file and that's the cause for your issue.

    If you create the Windows 10 install media as USB Flash drive in Media Creation Tool, the compressed and encrypted ESD file is used instead of the WIM file. You need to have an install media with the WIM file instead; easiest way to get it is to use the Media Creation Tool again, this time selecting the ISO image option. The ISO image created with the tool uses the WIM file. For Media Creation Tool, see tutorial: Windows 10 ISO Download - Windows 10 Forums

    Step 1, select Create installation media for another PC:
    Attachment 28723

    Step 2, select your language, edition and bit version. Be sure to select the same bit version as you are installing; you cannot use a 32 bit install.wim in sysprepping a 64 bit Windows and vice versa:
    Attachment 28724

    Step 3, select ISO file and let it be created. There's no need to burn the ISO to disk or flash drive if you already have an install media to use, the ISO will only needed when sysprepping :
    Attachment 28725

    When you have the ISO, do like this:
    • Install Windows 10 clean, boot to Audit Mode, create the answer file (this tutorial, Method One Steps 1 & 2)
    • Before sysprepping (Method One, Step 3), mount the ISO file as virtual DVD drive by double clicking it. Check the drive letter given for it by Windows, let's say the virtual drive gets letter F > use this CPI source in answer file:
      Code:
      cpi:source="wim:F:\sources\install.wim#Windows 10 PRO"
    • Sysprep as told in tutorial

    Should work now.
    Quote Originally Posted by RaviR View Post
    First thing; I created a USB install media to do my clean install. I read that I need to use the ISO instead? So just download the iso,mount it and it will work when the computer restarts?
    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    Install Windows normally by booting the PC with the USB install media you created. When in Audit Mode desktop and creating the Answer File, mount the ISO and use the install.wim in it in your answer file as the CPI Source.
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  8.    07 Aug 2015 #127
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    hi Flame red, welcome to the Ten Forums.

    First, use of junctions together with a relocated Users folder is not a good idea. Never.

    As I have mentioned earlier in this thread, my tries upgrading from Windows 8.1 to 10 with relocated Users folder have succeeded every time but upgrades from Windows 7 have failed about half of the time. Other users have posted about upgrade success also from Windows 7 but still, my recommendation is to sysprep the Users back to C: before the upgrade, then after the Windows 10 upgrade sysprep it back to another drive.

    I do normally not use junctions but I have done a few tests like this:
    • Install Windows 7 and some software sysprepping Users to E:
    • Create a couple of user accounts, install some software
    • Create a junction C:\Users > E:\Users
    • Upgrade to Windows 10
    • Upgrade fails every time

    At the moment, before more extensive testing, my recommendation for those upgrading from Windows 7 is to move the USers (and ProgramData if relocated) back to C: drive with sysprep, upgrade to 10, and finally sysprep Users to another drive.

    Kari
    Kari,

    Thank you for answering my questions so quickly. Please forgive me but I still have questions. This SYSPREP procedure is something new to me.

    My C dirve does not have sufficent space for me to move back even part of the D:\Users directory to C:\Users. So on Windows 7, I remove the Junction of C:\Users ==> D:\Users, then logon some other Admin ID and Window 7 creates a new c:\Users. I can then upgrade to Windows 10.

    Now I am on Windows 10 and I will attempt this SYSPREP procedure. My question is, should the D: drive be empty, or at least not have a d:\Users directory present, or is it ok to have a D:\Users directory in it from Windows 7? I looked for this question but I must have missed the answer.
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  9.    07 Aug 2015 #128
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flame Red View Post
    Now I am on Windows 10 and I will attempt this SYSPREP procedure. My question is, should the D: drive be empty, or at least not have a d:\Users directory present, or is it ok to have a D:\Users directory in it from Windows 7? I looked for this question but I must have missed the answer.
    The drive should at least not contain any system folders from any other installations, like the Users folder. I recommend to wipe the disk clean and empty before relocating Users to it.
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  10.    07 Aug 2015 #129
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    I have a new question:

    - how can we move user profiles from one pc to another pc (consider that they are running the same version of windows).
    is it just a copy and paste?

    I want to back up my user profile and re use it when I reinstall windows. but somewhere here I read that that is not that easy because windows will know that this user profile is not for the current windows. what is the solution? which files should we edit so that it will work?

    ---- example:
    - I have windows 10, and have a user named x and the data are in: c:\users\x
    I want to have the same exact settings of user x in a new windows 10, so is it enough to create a new user account named x in the new OS and then copy the old x user directory to the new windows c:\users\ dir?
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