Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10  

  1. AndreyT's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       #1290

    The "Method One" section of the tutorial no longer mentions that wim-based image format is required. Does that mean that it no longer matters and this tutorial should work for images with install.esd in them?

    Oh, sorry. Found it:
    Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10
    "It has been mentioned several times in this tutorial that Windows install media is no longer needed for this process. "
    Last edited by AndreyT; 22 May 2019 at 01:27.
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  2. smirk24's Avatar
    Posts : 172
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit
       #1291

    How can i move the user profile to a ramdisk?
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  3. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 LTSB LTSC
       #1292

    Hey kari tnx working great here for half a year on 1809 (1st method)
    now i want to format and make a new clean install, so what to do now with D drive?
    should i back the files i need and format the D drive or can i keep it as it is ? (the plan is to do the tutorial again on 1st method)

    whats the best clean way
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  4. Kari's Avatar
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       #1293

    NRGD said:
    Hey kari tnx working great here for half a year on 1809 (1st method)
    now i want to format and make a new clean install, so what to do now with D drive?
    The only viable and valid method is to backup your user data from D:\Users (docs, pics, videos, music and so on) and format D: drive when you have done the clean install and rebooted to Audit Mode.

    Notice that you should not backup any system files and folders like for instance AppData folders in each user profile. Restoring AppData from old installation to new installation will cause problems, because both the machine GUID and user SID will be changed.

    Kari
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  5. AlainCh2's Avatar
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    W10
       #1294

    Kari said:
    The only viable and valid method is ...... from old installation to new installation will cause problems, because ..... Kari
    Hello Kari, I'm the bad guy here: Every time I reinstall W10 on C: I leave D: as it is ( Users + my own IS Data) and Relocated works well ! ..... But on every install I generate a new admin : SuperUser1, 2. 3, SuperUserx. and a new User: UnderUser1, 2, 3, UnderUserx So far : No problem (I did it 4 time in last 12 months) I made a "refresh" install with 1903 update, not even having to change a main setting.... (no reason given) Alain
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  6. Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       #1295

    Hi, this is a very helpful guide.
    I want to ask a question,
    Does the new Users folder necessarily need to be named ”Users” and be located on the root of a partition? Like will it work if I make the ProfileDirectory of the xml file for example ”D:\Stuff” or ”E:\Important\UserProfiles”?

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    Gummy said:
    Hi, this is a very helpful guide.
    I want to ask a question,
    Does the new Users folder necessarily need to be named ”Users” and be located on the root of a partition? Like will it work if I make the ProfileDirectory of the xml file for example ”D:\Stuff” or ”E:\Important\UserProfiles”?
    I Just tried it. I set up my users folder to ”D:\Stuff”, and Windows created my account in ”D:\Stuff\Gummy". Everything works fine, no problems yet and hopefully will not be any.
    I'm not as knowledgeable as you Kari about sysprep, but as far as my logic sees it, there should be the exact same effect as ”D:\Users”. This is because the original location of user profiles in the registry are all ”C:\Users”, therefore, ”D:\[CustomFolder]” is not any more or any less foreign than ”D:\Users”. In other words, all registries that would have been changed from ”C:\Users” to ”D:\Users” in the process would instead be changed to ”D:\[CustomFolder]”, and if there are any registries Windows forgets to change (you mentioned that there were a few) those would still be ”C:\Users” in either case.
    Correct me if I am wrong though.
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  7. Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       #1296

    Hello
    Has there been any progress on running this for the Creation of a Reference Image using MDT or SCCM, we are drafting an image for public access and denying access to the root of c:\
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  8. Kari's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
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       #1297

    BruceMiller said:
    Hello
    Has there been any progress on running this for the Creation of a Reference Image using MDT or SCCM, we are drafting an image for public access and denying access to the root of c:\
    First, my apologies for a delayed reply.

    I do all my installs to physical and virtual machines using MDT. For those readers not familiar with it, see the tutorial: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit - Easy and Fast Windows Deployment

    Relocating Users folder in MDT deployment, create partitions in Task Sequence. On a single disk system set fixed size for Windows partition, put Recovery partition (also fixed size) directly after Windows partition, and last the partition for user profiles using 100% of remaining space:
    Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10-task-01.jpg

    On dual disk system, accept the defaults for disk 0:
    Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10-task-02.jpg

    … and on disk 1, create partition for user profiles using all space:
    Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10-task-03.jpg

    Before importing OS to MDT, mount your deployment image and apply the relocating answer file as told in this tutorial: Apply unattended answer file to Windows 10 install media

    That's it.

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  9. TSD
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    windows 10
       #1298

    How can method 2 be paired down to only relocate Downloads to D:\Downloads ?
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  10. Kari's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
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       #1299

    TSD said:
    How can method 2 be paired down to only relocate Downloads to D:\Downloads ?
    It is not possible to move individual folders with Sysprep. This method moves the whole Users folder.

    Kari
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