Windows 10: Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10
I am just an amateur on this, but my understanding is that you need to leave the Program Files, Program Data etc on the C: drive, and can only move the Users folders. I think this means the Apps would also stay on C:
Making the Apps work does seem very sensitive to the sequence you do things - it was only when I use Method 1 with Audit Mode that it worked for me - that way I thing you change the environment variables before any user folders are actually created.
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You should never in any circumstances move any other system folders than the Users folder! This tutorial and method used in it only applies to relocating the main profile folder Users, nothing else.
From the very beginning of this tutorial:
Microsoft does not recommend relocating, moving ProgramData, Program Files, Program Files (x86) and Windows folders. Too much is depending on information and data stored on these folders. However, there's simply nothing preventing us to move the Users folder and everything it contains, including the Temp and AppData folders. This tutorial will show how to move (relocate) the Users folder by changing internal Windows Environment Variables.
Moving the Program Files and / or Program Files (x86) folders, as well as moving the Windows folder is just plain stupid and will cause more issues than it can ever resolve. The recommended method is to simply create a Programs folder (or whatever name you want to use) on another drive and then when installing new software select Advanced or Custom installation option and change the install location manually.
Let Windows Store apps be where they will installed by default.
Wanted to do this, since my sys partition is totally crapped by user folder and Microsoft Search (.edb ), but sysrep only tells me the old story of "sysprep was not able to validate your windows installation".
I'm using a Windows 7 -> Windows 10 upgraded version btw.
I had been trying this procedure for a month already, at least 100 times and always fall into the infinite loop during oobe, it just lets me complete 3 steps and when it gets into the "just wait..." message after a couple of minutes it reboots.
I have tried it in many different ways already and I have used the image I took before applying the unattended file more than any other backup in my life hahaha.
My logs: http://www.filedropper.com/setuplogs
My unattended.xml (D: is the drive where I will store my files, G: is the mounted windows 10 iso file):
Kari, can you tell me if you notice something key in the logs? I have checked these for a while already and I cannot see anything suspicious.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:G:\sources\install.wim#Windows 10 Pro" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
Thanks in advance you all and best regards,
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One clear error and a rather bad mistake in your answer file is that you are trying to relocate the ProgramData folder, too. Since Windows 8 it doesn't work anymore. Only system folder possible to relocate is the Users folder.
This quote from the very beginning of this tutorial:
Due the fact that I do not download and open anything from file sharing sites I have not seen your logs but I guess that this, trying to relocate the ProgramData folder is the main reason for your continued reboot loop; the system finds something not allowed and can't get past of it.
Microsoft does not recommend relocating, moving ProgramData, Program Files, Program Files (x86) and Windows folders. Too much is depending on information and data stored on these folders and relocating them might cause serious issues. However, there's simply nothing preventing us to move the Users folder and everything it contains, including the Temp and AppData folders. This tutorial will show how to move (relocate) the Users folder by changing internal Windows Environment Variables.
In the future please read the instructions first then follow them to the letter. Also, if you want to show some files from your PC, upload them here instead of posting a link to a file sharing site (instructions: Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Ten Forums - Windows 10 Forums).
Yes, I saw that note and I was thinking already that you were going to refer to that note directly, and in fact it is probably right because I just tried moving the users folder only before waiting any answer and it worked.
On the other hand, I understand you are not following any links but however I guess that at this stage and after your reply it does not make too much sense to upload any logs.
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Good to know you got it working.
In-Place-upgrade of Win10, whether to Sysprep or not to move Users
I used your sysprep method in the past to move my Users folder from my SSD to a 2nd HD with a PC on Windows8 and Windows 8.1. I'm now wanting to upgrade-in-place from Win8.1 to Win10 using the Windows update nag option with minimal work.
I've read the EightForums and now TenForum, but am confused about the path foward when using the Windows Update version of Win10 upgrade in place.
Do I :
1. Traditional way: Sysprep my Win8.1 to move my users back to SSD from 2nd HD, Upgrade in place to Win10, then Sysprep to move Users back to 2nd HD.
2. Simple New Way-Upgrade-in-place my Win8.1 to Win10 without relocating Users back from 2nd HD to SSD. As you mention above, build 10162 the in-place upgrade works also with relocated Users folder.
#2 seems easier if its possible. I have not yet had the WUapp download the 3GB of files for the Win10 upgrade, so cannot verify the build number.
Finnish but not finished
Hi Steel, welcome to the Ten Forums.
This is a valid and working method but I do recommended it only when upgrading from Windows 7 if the ProgramData folder is also relocated. As you know, relocating ProgramData is possible and works flawless in Windows 7 meaning quite a many users have done it; when upgrading they need to sysprep in any case to move ProgramData back to C: drive, in which case I also recommend moving Users back before the upgrade with the same sysprep run using the same answer file.
As a relocated ProgramData causes a lot of issues in Windows 8 & 8.1 and does not work at all in Windows 10, this reason does not usually apply to those upgrading from 8.1 because the ProgramData is not relocated.
This is the method I recommend. The worst case scenario in doing this is that the upgrade for some reason can't be done and is interrupted, in which case Windows automatically reverts to underlying original Windows version. No harm done.
However, speaking only based on my personal experience with several upgrades, it has worked every time without issues.
The build you will receive, be it upgrade through Windows Update, Windows Store or using the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool is always the build 10240, the official release build. All later builds at the moment are only available for registered Windows Insiders, all earlier builds were preview builds.
Last edited by Kari; 07 Oct 2015 at 06:11.
Reason: Some typos fixed
HI Kari, hope you can help
I've moved profiles to a new drive, done all the above and have the no start menu issue.
Brand new user is fine
Can move the profile back to C:\ and it returns, it's all good
I can repeat the process several times and it's consistent, the copied user is slow, and doesn't have start menu so obviously missing some priviledges, no errors to speak of in the Panther logs..
Worse case I could back up the profile, delete the account and then restore it back, hoping to prevent that.
The windows easy transfer type tool, now depreciated (for good reason) is there some sort of new tool, ie say wanted to move from w10 to another w10 machine..
Thanks in advance
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