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       #40

    Thanks for the detailed response - apparently Kieran had the same thought as me. Just to make sure then, I can make a folder X:\Saved_Data and move the contents of documents, music etc but none of the system folders or files. Delete X:\Users then after clean install/upgrade and sysprepping back to X:\ copy back my data. Seems clear to me.

    I'll have to think a bit more as to whether I want to move ProgramData or not...
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       #41

    @adamf, really important: the reference to ProgramData in the quote from Seven Forums only applies to Windows Seven (and Vista if you still got one :)).

    warning   Warning
    Do not relocate the ProgramData folder in Windows 8 or later operating systems! This will cause Moderns apps, Windows Store, Windows Search and PC Settings malfunction.

    It is extremely important to remember this: Windows 8 and later will work even when the ProgramData has been relocated but no modern / immersive app will work! This in its turn causes Windows Update issues.
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       #42

    Jolly good, one less thing to think about :)
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    I almost had a heart attack after your last post, thinking that if you are at the moment testing and happen to relocate the ProgramData, too, then it's my fault when your Windows is totally screwed :). Hence the red warning box in my previous post.
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    algorhythm said:
    I believe that this sysprep method might be broken again in build 10049. I have a computer that I've done the following with:
    ...
    ...
    Reading your post several times, I am not sure why you don't get it working. I get it working every time, both on real computers and virtual machine.
    Last edited by Kari; 01 Jun 2015 at 06:39.
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  6. Posts : 3
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       #45

    Upgrade to Win 10 from Win 7


    Kari, I have followed your advice on Win 7 machines for the user profile create and move. I have received the notifications for the Windows 10 upgrade, but was unsure of the best approach to follow. I understood to get the free update to Windows 10 it was an in place install, but I do not think that would work for using the sysprep method for Windows 10. What are the steps to get the upgrade but I guess start from a clean installation of Windows 10? Or if there is a clever way to upgrade in place, you would know it. Best, Chris.
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    paveway7 said:
    Kari, I have followed your advice on Win 7 machines for the user profile create and move. I have received the notifications for the Windows 10 upgrade, but was unsure of the best approach to follow. I understood to get the free update to Windows 10 it was an in place install, but I do not think that would work for using the sysprep method for Windows 10. What are the steps to get the upgrade but I guess start from a clean installation of Windows 10? Or if there is a clever way to upgrade in place, you would know it. Best, Chris.
    Hi Paweway7, welcome to the Ten Forums.

    The upgrade includes moving the Users folder (and ProgramData if you have relocated it, too) back to C:, change two values in the registry and upgrade, then repeat the procedure and relocate Users back to another drive. Works without flaws. Notice that as was already in Windows 8 & 8.1, you cannot relocate the ProgramData in Ten because Store requires it to be on C: drive.

    See the part Upgrade at the end of this tutorial. It is mostly for those upgrading Windows 10 to next build or upgrading Windows 8 to 10 , when Users is relocated, but the procedure is exactly the same in upgrading Seven to Ten. Ask if you have any questions after reading that part, this link should take you directly to the part I am referring to: Users Folder - Move Location in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    I will post exact instructions in the tutorial thread at the Seven Forums, too, before the launch date.

    Kari
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       #47

    Hi, I've never done this method, I usually use robocopy>rmdir>mklink /J command for windows 7.
    I wish to move a couple of other folders as well for my fresh installation of windows 10, Is my code correct?
    I have no plains of using app store anyway.

    Code:
    <?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>
    <ProgramFiles>D:\Program Files</ProgramFiles>
    <ProgramFiles(x86)>D:\Program Files (x86)</ProgramFiles(x86)>
    <PerfLogs>E:\PerfLogs</PerfLogs>
    <ProfilesDirectory>E:\Users</ProfilesDirectory>
    <ProgramData>E:\ProgramData</ProgramData>
    </FolderLocations>
    </component>
    </settings>
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:F:\sources\install.wim#Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
    </unattend>
    Thanks for reading.
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       #48

    First, welcome to the Ten Forums!

    undeadPolice said:
    Hi, I've never done this method, I usually use robocopy>rmdir>mklink /J command for windows 7.
    I wish to move a couple of other folders as well for my fresh installation of windows 10, Is my code correct?
    I have no plains of using app store anyway.
    No, that is not correct. The Users folder is the only folder you can relocate with this easy Sysprep method. In Windows 10 moving / relocating other system folders is not supported.

    Kari
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  10. Posts : 1
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       #49

    Hi Kari,
    Thank you for this tutorial and the previous one i used (for windows 7).
    This time i can't get through.
    I start a fresh install of Windows 10 Insider Preview, without internet connection.
    Sysrep seems ok, but on reboot i get regional settings etc.
    But installation fails and reboots back to regional settings.

    I tried to enter audit mode another time but default user is long to connect and then connected i get black screen flashing with audit window but can't do anything.

    I tried on existing windows : same.

    But i can see previous sysrep had moved user folder.

    What can i try more ?

    <?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:\</ProfilesDirectory>
    </FolderLocations>
    </component>
    </settings>
    <cpifflineImage cpi:source="wim:E:/sources/install.wim#Windows 10 Insider Preview" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
    </unattend>
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