Windows 10: Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10
The only reason I changed it was because they weren't working.
New Alienware laptop, clean install on Windows 10 64bit (Home)
I'm so glad I've found this website. Thank you for taking the time to prepare this tutorial. I have a brand new Dell Alienware Laptop arriving next week, and want all my user data on Drive D:.
I know the processors "amd64", and I know the location I want the User data to be located D:\Users.
The only issue I have is I'm not sure where the "install.wim" will be located, as Windows is pre-installed but not set-up (registered).
Accounts and permissions
I'm the same user (danielari) with a new name (danielbcn). Somehow, I could not log back into tenforums so I had to register again. I wanted to ask your help with a problem I run into while starting to follow the tutorial. I did the first step re: changing the user. Then I stopped. I wanted to get the laptop from a friend to be able to continue with the tutorial on video. But... meanwhile I noticed that Windows was not letting me do certain things I always did. It was telling me that I needed admin permissions. Then I guess I did something stupid. I went and gave myself those permissions following some online instructions. And I don't remember if I changed the permissions for Admin or for Daniel. Anyways... whatever stupidity I did, now, whenever I reboot, Windows 10 takes about an hour to start. I get that blue screen with the spinning circle. And when Win 10 starts, I lose some info, like, for example, Gmail does not remember my accounts, etc. I searched the Web and it seems that this waiting one hour for Windows to start is due to some problem with accounts and permissions. And I don't want to experiment any more out of fear of losing all admin rights to my own computer.
Any suggestion will be highly appreciated!
Thanks a lot in advance,
Finnish but not finished
I read your post quoted above a few times and in all honesty I must say I don't understand it. I have not a faintest clue what you have tried to do, how and which permissions you have changed and so on.
This procedure does in no circumstances cause Windows to need an hour to boot. Nor does it cause you to lose any info.
Please explain as detailed as you can what you did, from start to finish.
My apologies for explaining myself so badly. I'll try it again.
(Please note that I'm not implying that your tutorial is the culprit of the problem I have. All the opposite, I created the problem myself.)
One of the first steps in your tutorial is to Activate admin account > Sign out from my own account > Sign in to admin account > Deactivate all current user accounts. That's what I did (I cannot guarantee I didn't make any mistake).
At this point, I stoped following the video because I thought it would be better to get a laptop from a friend and follow the video there (as I would not have access to the video in the same PC while rebooting or doing some necessary tasks).
Took me a couple of days to get the laptop. BUT, before I got it, I noticed that Windows would not let me do some normal tasks (for example, deleting or renaming some files) because it understood I had no Admin rights. Then I looked all over the Web and found an explanation about how to get those rights. I went to the Rights window for the Daniel account and clicked the necessary boxes to grant myself admin rights. I don't remember where I did that. Anyways.. the thing is that since I did that, Windows takes a life time to reboot, some times an hour. And I have seen the same problem reported by oter people in the Internet. Apparently, it is related to the accounts and the permisions.
So my question is:
Is there a way to reset those accounts? Should I delete them and create them again? Will I still have admin rights? And how to do it. Right now I only have two users: Admin (the default one) and Daniel. I only want to reset premissions for my Daniel account. That's all. I think I did something wrong with my permissions and this is giving a burden to Windows when I reboot.
Or do I have to go through the repair Windows process?
I hope this explanation makes more sense.
Thanks a lot,
Clean installed IP build 14352 over the weekend. Some screen shots are a bit different, and it added an extra reboot after installation, during which it was setting up devices, but other than that, everything seems like it went flawlessly, as usual
Finnish but not finished
First, I think you are confusing admin rights and permissions, they are two totally different things.
I hope I got you correctly now. You started to watch the video about Method Two, following the instructions, and then interrupted the process after disabling all user accounts except the built-in admin.
My advice is to simply reinstall Windows, if you don't have a system image to restore. It seems that your system is quite badly messed up.
Yes, you understood well.
Really? There is no other treatment other than surgery?
Finnish but not finished
If you still have access to your local admin account, you could try this at your own risk:
- Backup all personal content from your own account to an external storage
- Disable all accounts except built-in admin
- Sign in to built-in admin
- Delete / remove all user account (except of course the built-in admin!)
- Again, sign in to built-in admin which is now the only user existing
- Create a new user account for yourself, make it an admin account
- Sign out from built-in admin
- Sign in to your new account
- Run repair install to fix Windows
- Restore your backed up personal data to your new account
The above can only be recommended if you have a huge amount of installed software that you'd rather not reinstall.
Thank you very much, Kari. Highly appreciated! You are like the Windows fairy!
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