Windows 10: Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10  

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  1.    07 Aug 2015 #140

    Hi Kari

    I know why the last log is from 2013 as Ive restored the system from backup to before sysprep state every time i had this error
    When I got this error massage i cannot load the system any more so How I can export thise files fro You ?
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       07 Aug 2015 #141

    RaviR said: View Post
    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?Attachment 29281
    No errors in your logs. Try creating a new admin user, sign in to it and check if the Start works.
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       07 Aug 2015 #142

    vaptorx said: View Post
    Hi Kari

    I know why the last log is from 2013 as Ive restored the system from backup to before sysprep state every time i had this error
    When I got this error massage i cannot load the system any more so How I can export thise files fro You ?
    I need to test something before replying to you. It's past midnight for me, I will not promise the reply comes tonight.
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  4.    08 Aug 2015 #143

    Hello Kari,

    first let me thank you for posting this tutorial, it's very thorough.

    I looked through the replies and it doesn't seem like anyone has had the same issue that I'm experiencing. I'm still trying to figure it out, but I'd be really, really thankful if you could take a look at it real quick and maybe give your professional opinion about it? (Using Windows 10 Enterprise N LTSB)

    I followed your tutorial (transfer from C:\users to D:\users which does not exist of course), but for some reason after I run the sysprep command and the computer reboots I receive an error message very early on during the loading screen (no msoobe GUI appears):
    Windows could not complete the installation. To install Windows on this computer, restart the installation.

    And this just continues in endless loop reboots if I press "OK". At this point I grabbed the error log (SHIFT+F10 gave me a cmd prompt) and you can view it in the attachment.
    setupact.log
    My unattended xml looks as follows:

    Code:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="oobeSystem">
    <component  name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processArchitecture="amd64"  publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral"  versionScope="nonSxS"  xmlns:wcm="https://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"  xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <FolderLocations>
    <ProfilesDirectory>D:\Users</ProfilesDirectory>
    </FolderLocations>
    </component>
    </settings>
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:D:\wim\sources\install.wim#Windows 10" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
    </unattend>
    I copied the contents of the USB installation medium to the D drive, since my boot order is USB first and that'd just put me right back at the start. I think that's the only thing that differs from the tutorial, but it shouldn't invoke such an error, right? I don't know how else I can offer the install.wim to the OOBE process without booting into USB first.. so I instead of method 1, I actually tried method 2 as well and it's the same error, right after the sysprep reboot command. I'm really at a loss here, not sure what's going wrong and the log file doesn't show any errors either.

    What's funny, I tried a third option by changing the ProfileImagePath and ProfilesList keys in the registry and trying to relocate folders that way on my 3rd installation and it worked. I had to set up a temporary admin account, but my main account is properly migrated to D:\users this way. both %userprofile% and %appdata% point to D:\users as well as the other profile folders. In any case, this is the only method that worked for me.

    Again, thank you and if you can spare a minute to put me on the right track, I'd really appreciate it. Even though I've set it up, I feel as though it's not properly set up (feels like I forgot something, is there a way to definitely make sure I did it right? other than checking those two env. variables?) and I couldn't get it to work with sysprep.
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       08 Aug 2015 #144

    waterfall66 said: View Post
    I looked through the replies and it doesn't seem like anyone has had the same issue that I'm experiencing. I'm still trying to figure it out, but I'd be really, really thankful if you could take a look at it real quick and maybe give your professional opinion about it? (Using Windows 10 Enterprise N LTSB)
    Hi Waterfall66, welcome to the Ten Forums.

    There's no way sysprep can work if in the answer file the new location for the Users folder and the CPI source are on the same drive. See this post for instructions in creating a Windows 10 ISO file, then mount it as a virtual drive and use it as the CPI source.

    You can install normally from the USB but when sysprepping, mount the ISO and in answer file point the CPI source to the mounted ISO. You need of course remove the USB install media when sysprepping if the machine is set to boot from USB first.

    Kari
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  6.    08 Aug 2015 #145

    No issue here with upgrading from 8.1 to 10 either when having a relocated Users directory.

    However, just for kicks I decided to check Reset + Keep files. It would not continue due to the Users directory being moved. So it looks like if you wish Reset and keep your files, you will need to move the Users back to C and go through Kari's tutorial again.

    Leave it to MS to do it right one way, mess it up another.
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  7.    08 Aug 2015 #146

    SkyDiver said: View Post
    Hi Kari,

    Sadly enough, when installing my OS the last time I was not yet aware of your guide (which actually should be integrated into the installation software as a standard option IMO!).

    I used the "old" way of moving all (most) subdirs to a different drive. I.e., my C:\Users\user\* are pointing to D:\Users\user\* (reading earlier posts now, I see this is exactly what tapac333 was referring to, only I see this method as mad more than "mad simple").

    In light of the Windows 10 release and finding this guide tempting tempting, I'd like to ask if you have a recommended way for me to make the complete switch of C:\Users to D:\Users while upgrading Win8.1 to Win10 and maintaining my data in tact.

    My thought is:
    1. Rename D:\Users to D:\OldUsers
    2. Install Win10 and shift C:\Users to D:\Users as per your guide
    3. Move everything folders from D:\OldUsers to D:\Users

    However, something tells me the Users folder might look different in Win10 and I'll end with a corrupted system after the suggested solution.

    Thanks in advance.
    Hi (moi?) Kari,

    Reposting as you may have missed my question.
    I'd appreciate an answer.

    Thanks.
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  8.    08 Aug 2015 #147

    Thank you so much Kari, it worked out now so that was definitely the issue that was plaguing me. Have you noticed any issues doing this by the way? Any programs that don't run properly?
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  9.    09 Aug 2015 #148

    Hi Kari. When I followed the steps and initiated sysprep everything seemed to be working, but when my PC rebooted and started to run the sysprep it finally ended up rebooting once more and now it just continuously reboots over and over. The blue windows 10 square shows up, the loading circle does about two rotations, and then it reboots again. So my computer is now completely unusable. I could use some help! 😭
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  10.    09 Aug 2015 #149

    So after trying to fix this for several hours I ended up downloading a repair software using my other computer to a bootable usb drive and tried to get that to fix the issue. When I booted from the usb drive however, the software is saying that I don't have a valid copy of windows on any of my storage devices...which certainly wasn't the case before running the sysprep. Did this process completely corrupt my copy of windows?
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