Windows 10: Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10
I just watched tutorials on how to do this and will do a system backup prior to changing these Environmental Variables. Then I'll see how it goes.
I'm having serious problems trying to move my Users folder. I'm trying to do this on a freshly installed Windows 10 Home, but for the last two evenings/nights, I haven't been able to achieve anything. Please check my .xml file for any errors. I'm trying to move my Users folder from C: to F:. My installation media is in D: drive which is Windows 10 installation DVD I used to install the OS. Everything should be right yes? However, everytime sysprep shows a fatal error and nothing gets done. Network cable isn't connected while installing OS. F: drive is empty and WMP network sharing service stopped. Really hoping to get some advice on this since I've wasted two nights fighting with this.
Thanks in advance!
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Figured it out
Just wanted to let you know I figured out my issue. It had something to do with the files and folders that were already on the drive I was moving the profiles to. I moved all of the data off of the drive and formatted it and then followed the steps again and everything worked perfect and no security warnings. I then moved my data back to the drive without any issues. Probably something to do with the owner and user accounts on the folders from the previous Windows 10 install. Thanks for the tutorial and support.
@ShezaEU, about the topic we discussed earlier, if the target drive should be empty or not.
Just to keep this more logical to read, I quote our earlier conversation:
Now another member posted this:
@86nymets, thanks for posting your solution. It confirms what I have repeatedly told in this thread.
So ... can anybody help me with my question from last week?
Yes, you can upgrade even if Windows 7 Users folder is located to another drive and yes, of course that drive must be connected when upgrading.
If the ProgramData is also relocated, which is possible in Windows 7, it must be moved back to C: before upgrading.
Make a system image before starting the upgrade, in case something goes unexpected. This is most unlikely, but if something unlikely happens and your next post is "It didn't work", I will ask you to post the log files to check what was wrong, ask you to restore the system image and try again when we have first fixed the issue that prevented upgrade
thank you so much for your topic. I do follow and get successful on windows 10. But I want to change the default installation location too. You used to point that programs must be installed on its default drive C: .Can we change by adding the text location in relocate.xml? thank you very much.
No. Only the Users folder can be relocated with Sysprep process. It is not recommended to move any other system folders.
Hello Kari, my laptop is stuck booting into the Admin ID. But at least the user files are no longer on the C-drive. Here is the background…
I am preparing my Acer laptop for a new msata SSD. The laptop has a 24GB SSD expresscache today. I want to use a 120GB SSD for the Windows 10 Home system and have the user files on the 500GB HD. I already have the C-drive partition down to 100GB. And I already worked my way through your tutorials for “Move Users Profile Folder to another Location in Windows 10”. Since the laptop originally had Windows 8 on it, I used your instructions to delete the “upgrade” references from the registry. I already had install.wim for recovery purposes on a small E: partition. I created a D: partition to take the user files. There is no DVD drive.
I got Sysprep underway with relocate.xml as described in your Method Two video. The hard disk was busy for a while. But eventually it brought me to the screen to enter the Windows product key. I had already used “showkeyplus” to get the installed upgrade key in case I needed it. But first, like you did, I tried clicking only that I would enter the details later. But no matter what I tried… not entering the key… entering the key… Windows kept bringing me back to the screen to enter the product key.
Eventually, I hit Ctrl-Shift-F3 and booted into the Admin ID. From there, I reactivated the user accounts, signed out of Admin, and into the main user account. From there I deactivated the Admin account.
The user account mostly looked good. The only AppData info left on on the C-drive was for Windows store apps. Though, when I opened Outlook 2016, is started filling up OST files on the C-drive. At least OneDrive took to the D-drive well enough, though I had to reinstall it.
I never went through or got to the whole temporary account process.
And when I rebooted, I was brought back into the Admin ID. So, using your EightForums tutorial for “Computer Keeps Booting Into SysPrep”, I changed “cleanupstate” from 2 to 7. But I had no joy. The laptop kept booting into Admin… Eventually, at 3am, I called it quits for the evening.
Can you help? Any advice? Thanks much.
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