Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10  

  1. lx07's Avatar
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    2004
       #310

    jrbrown00 said:
    I have a new hard disk, sent to me by Dell after my old disk died. It came with Windows 8, so I download win10 to a USB drive and installed from there. The USB contains no install.wim. I downloaded win10 as an ISO, burned it to a DVD, and still have no install.wim. I have install.esd on the USB, but I could not figure out how to create an ISO from the USB. Running the install never provided that option.
    Download ISO from Tech Bench. The MCT ISO has esd not .wim. Alternatively you can convert the MCT esd to a wim using the tool from here.
    Last edited by lx07; 10 Dec 2015 at 10:29. Reason: had written ISO instead of .wim
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  2. Posts : 1
    Windows 7
       #311

    I'm a little unclear about this. I am currently on Windows 7 and I just got a new computer. It currently has Windows 7 installed. I am tempted to upgrade to Windows 10, but I have a smallish SSD C: drive. After reading this tutorial I'm thinking it really not worth it to upgrade if I have to spend a half a day just to move my new user profile to another drive. I'm pretty nervous about upgrading then hacking the registry just to "trick it" in to thinking it's not an upgrade.

    I guess my question is is this really what I have to go though just to move one profile that hasn't even been created yet?

    All I really want to do is configure any new use profiles to another drive. Is it really necessary to go though all of this? It was a simple registry change in Win 7. I would use the relocation features of Win 10 if it wasn't for the fact that the app data file in the past has been incapable of ridding itself of useless data. My experience with sysprep and answer files in the past is not good at all. Way to much overhead unless I'm imaging a 100 + machines.
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  3. AndreyT's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       #312

    rldement said:
    I guess my question is is this really what I have to go though just to move one profile that hasn't even been created yet?
    I'm not sure what exactly you are referring to. If you have a new machine, then the best option might be a clean install. Duiring a clean install the sysprep relocation procedure (Method One) takes just a few minutes.

    (Note that the stage where you are supposed to take a snapshot of the system is completely optional. You don't have to do that.) All you have to do is interrupt the install (Ctrl+Shift+F3), check drive letter assignment, prepare/copy 'relocate.xml' file to one of the drives and reboot using sysprep.
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  4. Posts : 5
    Windows 10
       #313

    Hello,

    I have a brand new Asus M32CD desktop for my mom that I'm trying to move the user directory off C:\ and onto D:\.
    When I run sysrep with relocate.xml (modified to match my setup, i.e. drives and windows version), it reboots, walks through the set up and account creation process, but creates the new account in C:\Users.

    The computer came pre-installed with Windows 10 Home and the software key is embedded in the BIOS somewhere. I burned a dvd of the latest ISO downloaded from the MS website, but it doesn't seem like the install process is using it, because the drive is quiet after booting up.

    Any thoughts as to what I'm doing wrong? Thanks!

    Here's my relocate.xml, saved on the root of d:\
    <?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="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <FolderLocations>
    <ProfilesDirectory>D:\Users</ProfilesDirectory>
    </FolderLocations>
    </component>
    </settings>
    <cpifflineImage cpi:source="wim:E:\sources\install.wim#Windows 10 Home" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
    </unattend>
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  5. Kari's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #314

    MrMauve said:
    Any thoughts as to what I'm doing wrong? Thanks!
    Hi MrMauve, welcome to the Ten Forums.

    After the sysprep is done and the machine booted first time to new user's desktop, have you checked the File Explorer if the drive assignments are correct? Is the DVD drive E: and the secondary hard drive or partition D:?
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  6. Posts : 5
    Windows 10
       #315

    Kari said:
    Hi MrMauve, welcome to the Ten Forums.

    After the sysprep is done and the machine booted first time to new user's desktop, have you checked the File Explorer if the drive assignments are correct? Is the DVD drive E: and the secondary hard drive or partition D:?
    Yes, D: is the new data partition and E: is the DVD drive.
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  7. Kari's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #316

    ... and the Windows 10 DVD is done from original Windows 10 ISO image which contains the install.wim file in Sources folder?
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  8. Posts : 5
    Windows 10
       #317

    Kari said:
    ... and the Windows 10 DVD is done from original Windows 10 ISO image which contains the install.wim file in Sources folder?
    I downloaded an ISO from Microsoft a few days ago, which I burned to a dvd, and it does contain sources\install.wim file. I didn't install Windows from this image though, since it came pre-installed. Should I have?

    (thanks for the quick response, btw)
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  9. Kari's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #318

    Just one more question: Is this the sysprep command you used:

    Code:
    sysprep.exe /oobe /reboot /unattend:D:\relocate.xml
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  10. Posts : 5
    Windows 10
       #319

    Kari said:
    Just one more question: Is this the sysprep command you used:

    Code:
    sysprep.exe /oobe /reboot /unattend:D:\relocate.xml
    Yes, I copied it from the first post.
    Code:
    %windir%\system32\]sysprep.exe /oobe /reboot /unattend:D:\relocate.xml
    I see the sysprep "cleaning up" dialog box, the machine reboots, then walks me through the account creation process.
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