Windows 10: Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10
Before going to any possible solutions, could you please try to create a new local user account and check if the Start works for it. You can open the Settings app with keyboard shortcut Win + I (the letter i, not L) to create the user account.
Sorry for the late reply Kari, here are my responses:
2-I actually tried both with the same result
4-The start menu does work on the other temp account. What I ended up doing was deleting and recreating my account and everything works again
Nevermind, after further use of google for troubleshooting I figured out it did somethjng weird to my account. I just made a new one and transfered the files over and deleted the old one.
Sysprep has a bug, I have reported it countless times. In Windows 10 it quite often disables Start and Search for any existing user account when it's run.
Good to know you you got it fixed.
Thanks very much for this guide - very clear and simple. I have just run option 2 which went very smoothly and all user folders were moved to D:\
One problem I noticed though after the OOBE the OneDrive App closed immediately - all other apps were fine. This happened on existing users and new one created as part of the OOBE. Nothing was written to the event viewer log.
The shortcut was at: D:\Users\Hali\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
And the target was: D:\Users\Hali\AppData\Local\Microsoft\OneDrive\OneDrive.exe (and OneDrive.exe existed in this place).
Scouting around %appdata% in case something hadn't been updated I found this file D:\Users\Hali\AppData\Local\Microsoft\OneDrive\Update\Update.xml
Going to the URL in IE and then running OneDriveSetup.exe fixed it. Not sure why it happened (OneDrive was not fully synchronized when I ran sysprep) but perhaps this will be useful to someone.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<update minapplicable="22.214.171.124" maxapplicable="17.9.9999.9999" currentversion="17.3.5951.0827" rescan="1440" throttle="25">
<binary url="https://oneclient.sfx.ms/Win/Prod/17.3.5951.0827/OneDriveSetup.exe" sha256hash="AihnAeYSqTTwn2gJ7+TpDd/30bDgXg33uU4wKR4avOo=" sha1hash="kOsFVdmRiH/4bj91Oe58OXetuWM=" />
edit: Works well with new user account, the redirect sends you to create a new account, and that is what works.
Last edited by jm2k7; 19 Sep 2015 at 14:25.
Thanks for the write-up. It works great. I am noticing one weird problem that might be related, but I'm not sure.
I have a desktop and a laptop, and, for the desktop (which I moved the user folder using the sysprep method), I notice that my apps suspend when they are minimized (even the ones that I have allowed background access).
The laptop, which also has Windows 10, does not have this problem. When you minimize the same music app that is on the desktop, it continues to play without suspending. I didn't try using the apps before I moved the user file, so I don't know if this is related or not, but I believe that Windows does save the metro apps in the user's folder (not 100% sure on this).
Have you heard of problems like this resulting from the relocation?
No, I have not had that issue. That being said, the new Windows Insider Build 10547 released last week does this on all systems, not only on those with relocated Users folder; it suspends apps when minimized or when you switch to another desktop. This is an issue in this Insider Build, not in the process used to relocate the Users.
Not knowing which build you are using, if you are not on Insider program and not using this latest build then the issue is something else. I am sorry but I have no idea what it could be.
Both the laptop (the one that works) and the desktop (the one that doesn't work) are build 10240.
I used the tutorial to move my user folders to a spare, second drive in my laptop. Now I'm thinking about changing it from a spinner to an SSD and I'm wondering what steps I should be considering, before I make that swap, to preserve my user folders...
I don't want to move my Users folder. (Kari has an excellent tutorial on that. I did it on a previous system and that's not a solution for me.)
My C drive is an SSD and my downloads are at 120GB. Sure, I can move things manually, but...
Alienware M17x R5 Laptop
Windows 10 Pro (upgraded from Windows 7 Pro)
What caused the problem:
1. I wanted to change the locations of the users directory from C:\ (SSD partition that contains the OS) to W:\ (HDD)
I have a computer that is stuck in an "automatic repair" loop. On this machine, the Users folder is on a separate physical hard drive than the system drive.
I have concluded that I will have to reset the PC. What is the best way to move...
I'm trying to move all of my documents to a new hard drive and I successfully did it with all of them except for the "Music" folder; each time I try to move it to a new location I get this error message:
Is there a way to correct this?