Windows 10: Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10  

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  1.    30 Jul 2015 #60

    Hello all,
    New to the forum, but did use Karis guide on the sevenforums to move my user folder since my first win7 install. Now it's time to upgrade to win10 and I've been searching the web if this will cause problems. I encountered this thread, but unfortunately, as far as I've seen it does not answer the question; does the removed upgrade restriction count for upgrades from win7->10, or is it only for different iterations of win10 itself?

    Also, many thanks to you Kari, for your guide on moving user folder on the sevenforums.
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  2.    30 Jul 2015 #61

    Kari,

    Could you please confirm that it is ok to upgrade to windows 10 RMT/GA with user folders on a different drive, or do I have to move them back to c:\ then upgrade.

    Thanks
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  3. Kari's Avatar
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       30 Jul 2015 #62

    I have just started to test everything with the final version but at least for me the upgrade from 8.1 and earlier builds of 10 allow upgrading to build 10240 even when the Users folder is relocated.

    Only two tries at the moment with 7 to 10 upgrade with relocated Users folder, first one failed and second one worked. Early to say but it really looks as if the upgrade is now possible with relocated Users folder without having to move it first back to C:.

    I will update this when I have tested more.
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  4.    30 Jul 2015 #63

    Thank you! I'll hold off on installing then until more is known.
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  5. Posts : 9
    Windows 7 HPremium
       30 Jul 2015 #64

    Path to final release


    Since 2011, when I bought the computer parts to build my new computer with Windows 7 Home Premium, Iíve placed the Users folder on D:\Users (64G SSD for C and 2x500G (raid0) for D).
    At that time Iíve done the hard way. Installed Windows, copied C:\Users to D:\Users (using an Ubuntu bootable pen drive) and then, with RegistryCrawler made a find and replace of C:\Users to D:\Users on the windows register.
    After some boots it was able to delete C:\Users and proceed with updates and other programs installation. It worked fine but it was a hard work.
    As I recently bought a new 128G SSD (90G for Windows and 30+8 for Lubuntu) Iíve used Kariís method during Windows installation to locate \Users on D: . It was fast and easy. Thanks Kari.

    To show ďhow toĒ to a friend, on an old HDD with two partitions, Iíve installed Windows 7 using Kariís method, but didnít even activated. On July 11, as an Insider, I installed Windows 10 over this drive (upgrade) and it installed normally and preserved D:\Users. After the first Windows 10 installation it did more 3 updates till the final RTM and all preserved D:\Users.

    Kari, as Windows 10 has been released, what will be path for windows 10 Home and windows 10 Pro on the unattended answer file?

    Regards,
    Megahertz
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  6. Kari's Avatar
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       30 Jul 2015 #65

    First, welcome to the Ten Forums Megahertz. Thanks for confirming that the upgrade works with relocated Users folder.

    Megahertz said: View Post
    Kari, as Windows 10 has been released, what will be path for windows 10 Home and windows 10 Pro on the unattended answer file?
    I am not sure I understand what you mean? If you mean the last command line in answer file and the Windows version and edition there, you use Windows 10 or Windows 10 Pro (replace drive X with the actual drive containing your valid Windows 10 install media):

    Code:
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:X:\sources\install.wim#Windows 10" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
    -- OR --

    Code:
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:X:\sources\install.wim#Windows 10 PRO" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
    Kari
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  7. Posts : 9
    Windows 7 HPremium
       30 Jul 2015 #66

    Thanks Kari,
    As Win 10 final release has only two versions, Home and Professional, I was in doubt what to use in the path. You just answered my question.
    Megahertz


    I am not sure I understand what you mean? If you mean the last command line in answer file and the Windows version and edition there, you use Windows 10 or Windows 10 Pro (replace drive X with the actual drive containing your valid Windows 10 install media):

    Code:
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:X:\sources\install.wim#Windows 10" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
    -- OR --

    Code:
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:X:\sources\install.wim#Windows 10 PRO" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
    Kari[/QUOTE]
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  8.    31 Jul 2015 #67

    Hi,
    First, thanks for the tutorial.
    I just did a clean install of the final release of Windows 10 (Pro) and tried relocating users folder to D:
    sysprep went fine but I had that regional configuration screen endless loop.
    I tried 2 times using D: and one using D:\Users with no success. Internet connection was off during the operation.

    Finally I did a new install leaving the users on C:, created a Foo user and then changed the path in the UserProfiles registry key.
    Newly created users have now they profile on D: and I could delete the temporary user manually.
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  9. Kari's Avatar
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       31 Jul 2015 #68

    pYTh said: View Post
    Finally I did a new install leaving the users on C:, created a Foo user and then changed the path in the UserProfiles registry key.
    Newly created users have now they profile on D: and I could delete the temporary user manually.
    Welcome to the Ten Forums.

    That reboot loop in OOBE after the sysprep occurs when something went wrong with the sysprep. Possible reasons are many, from a typo in answer file, invalid install media, invalid drive letters and so on

    When the answer file is correct, the install media valid and the user has assured that the drive letter for relocated Users folder is valid, it works.

    Using the D: drive for Users might sometimes cause extra issues because by default the OOBE boot gives drive letter D: to the first CD/DVD drive. To avoid this you should not trust the drive letters given by system when you are in the Audit Mode; for example if your data drive is shown as D: and the CD/DVD as E: in Audit Mode, use the Disk Management > Change drive letter or Diskpart to ensure that the letters will be those also after the sysprep in OOBE mode. Quite often what happens here is that user sets the new location of Users folder to D:, then when Windows reboots to OOBE after the sysprep the system uses D: for the CD/DVD and cannot relocate the Users.

    The above mentioned is the reason why I never sysprep Users to D: but instead always use drive E:, using Disk Management to manually change the drive letters to be sure the letter I have shown is also used by system after the sysprep.

    Kari
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  10.    31 Jul 2015 #69

    It's funny, it was in fact drive E:... I messed up the letters reading this thread where everyone uses D:. D: on my computer is for Programs.
    I've never had a problem of drive letter change after format... In the BIOS the same letters are still assigned for each drive, even that USB key I used for the installation of windows 10.
    Wathever, it didn't work and I'm pretty sure there was no typo (I pasted your answer file modifying only users and wim path). Too bad I already deleted it...
    I wil try once more but In a VM. I just finished configuring my PC now .
    Thanks anyway.
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