Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10  

  1. Posts : 15
    Windows 10 Pro

    Kari said:

    1. 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.
    2. No, the destination drive, the drive where you will relocate the USers folder to should be empty. The system will create the Users folder on it.
    3. When you clean install Windows 10 there's no reason to use a so called "dummy" local account first. When you arrive to OOBE phase and the dialog to create the initial user after you have sysprepped, simply use your MS Account.

      The dummy user is practical and only needed for instance when you first install Windows 7 or 8.1 simply in order to be able to upgrade to 10 which you want to sysprep. In that case you first install let's say Windows 7 and use a dummy user to set it up, upgrade to 10 and enter the Audit Mode from the settings screen as told in this tutorial, customize and relocate the Users folder for example, then sysprep and finalize the installation with your real user account, and finally when on desktop delete the dummy account.


    I should have mentioned that I already installed my Windows 10. Installed my apps, games, linked my profiles all the stuff. Just moving the Users folder is all I have to do. Will this affect the procedure? Or do I go ahead, create the answer file, save it and reboot into sys prep and mount the ISO? Also, the drive that I want to move my Users folder has some data on it(files and folders only), will that affect it meaning the drive will be erased or should I really get a empty drive?

    My current setup :
    • Drive C: - OS and program files installed here
    • Drive D: - My games (steam, origin etc) is installed here eg D:\Program Files (x86)
    • Drive F: - Has my pictures, my documents etc from my Windows 7 install(Backup) and here is where I wish to move the Users folder too.

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  2. Posts : 17,661
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    RaviR said:
    I should have mentioned that I already installed my Windows 10.
    Of course, backup your stuff first. When done, follow instructions on the tutorial, Method Two.
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  3. Posts : 5
    Windows 8

    Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 8 with already relocated Users

    Dear Kari

    Firstly many thanks for a fantastic job with those tutorials !

    I hope that You can help me here as I have a problem

    Im trying to upgrade my win8 pro to win10 pro hoever I want to move back to just C Drive pernamentelly
    Im currentlly running my OS on 128 SSD and Partition F: from HHD is for all my apps and programs
    All works well on windows 8 no issues there
    Im planning to upgrade my SSD drive to a bigger one so there is no need for me to keep user profile on F: any more
    Also I would like to upgrade my system to windows 10

    I was following Your tutorial to give it a go and relocate user profile from F: back to C: in order to perform upgrade
    Unfortunetelly I ending up with the same issue every time during sysprep
    After a while i can see this massage: 'Windows could not parse or process unattend answer file ..................
    This error was detected while processing settings for component [Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup].'

    Ive tried 4x times today and the same issue come up every time
    Sysprep was working great when I was installing fresh OS (Windows 8 ) in to the same PC and hardware didnt changed since than

    Please Help !

    My CPU is I7 Intel
    Please see my XML file below
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="oobeSystem">
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="" xmlns:xsi="">
    <cpifflineImage cpi:source="wim:u:\sources\install.wim#Windows 8 Pro" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
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  4. Posts : 17,661
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    vaptorx said:
    I hope that You can help me here as I have a problem
    Welcome to the Ten Forums.

    Please zip all XML and LOG files in C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\Panther (select the files, right click, select Send to > Compressed folder). Post the Zip archive here.

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  5. Posts : 5
    Windows 8

    HI Kari

    Many thanks for a ultrafast reply
    This is very interesting actually as when im trying to view the log in that folder it says ( Access Danied ) !
    My user is a member of a local administrators so i should have access to everything right ?

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  6. Posts : 15
    Windows 10 Pro

    Well everything ran without any warnings. The Users folders is now in the destination drive, however now I cannot click on my Start Button, stuff that I have pinned are not showing up and my mail app keeps giving some weird notifications that can't open either. What did I do wrong?
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  7. Posts : 17,661
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    No, that's totally normal, as it should be. Access to that folder is partially restricted. For instance to read the logs (open with Notepad), you need to either copy them to desktop and open from there, or run the Notepad elevated (right click, select Run as administrator) and open from Notepad > File > Open dialog browsing to Panther folder.

    Please zip the files I asked, and post the Zip archive.
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  8. Posts : 5
    Windows 8

    Zip File

    Hi Kari

    Please see Zip File Attached


    Many Thanks
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  9. Posts : 17,661
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    OK, the logs do not help us, last entry is from a successful sysprep on June 23rd. Nothing from now. According to these logs the machine has not been sysprepped since that.
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  10. Posts : 5
    Windows 8

    HI Kari

    Yea I know soemthing is wrong
    Also when Im adding a new user then windows is not creating a folder for that user any more
    I cannot even see that user icon when im trying to switch the users
    I even cant loging as a local Administrator account wchich i just enabled
    Maybe this is a part of the issue ?

    Many Thanks for Your help

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