I'll set up a couple of VM and test both ways and see. Perhaps I'll also start with Nov TH2 and go directly to AU, as well as Nov TH2 --> Feb TH2 & Nov TH2 --> April TH2.
As it is, the fact that it happened shocked me to the core. I only noticed it (after having installed many of my apps) because I installed Firefox Nightly build, and having copied over my old profile from my backup of the /Users tree prior to formatting both drives, and Firefox could not find it. Took me almost 20 minutes () to figure out it was not looking at the migrated /Users tree but in the default location. At which point I walked away from the computer and decided to go have a nice, large meal of Thanksgiving leftovers.
After that I started over, and had in the meantime figured out my issues as to why I had a boatload of explorer.exe crashes (KeePass secure desktop for master PW entry breaks explorer.exe in at least build 14971), so I just clean installed 14971 itself - which, by itself, has its own issues....
spent a bit of time to try relocating ProgramData because of small SSD. it doen't work anymore in AU, i get a loop. so, i'm testing in virtualbox using a junction. before creating the junction i moved the folder preserving flags and rights...
I previously had a Crucial 256 GB SSD for my system drive and an Intel 180 GB SSD to which I moved \Users, and then from which I moved out the special folders (Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, & Videos) to my 1 TB Mechanical drive using this tutorial.
I've since upgraded - Sandisk has a whopping sale on their 1 TB SSD (well, 960 GB anyway), so I sprung for it. It's now my system drive, and the Crucial has become the Users drive. I still use the tutorial to move \Users to the Crucial, as the total size of \ProgramData is only about 6 GB. I still also move the special folders by hand after every IP build update as well. The Intel 180 has moved into my Dell laptop as a testbed for Anti-Malware programs.
I started all this with an Intel 80 GB SSD (which you can imagine always needed stuff moved off of, back when I was running Windows 7). It now sits on my desk gathering dust, until I need to reinstall Windows - I use it as an Easy2Boot repository to install Windows from using this Apricorn SATA Wire 3.0 kit to boot off of on any machine allowing boot from USB.
As is mentioned at the beginning of the tutorial and several times in this thread, ProgramData cannot be relocated in Windows 8 and later. Relocating it is supported in Windows 7 only.
At the beginning of the tutorial:
KariWhen Windows 10 is installed, 5 or 6 system folders are created depending on chosen bit-version:
- PerfLogs (Performance Logs), where Windows stores performance and reliability logs
- Program Files, where applications and software are installed. Windows x86 (32-bit) stores all applications here, Windows x64 (64-bit) only native 64-bit applications
- Program Files (x86), exists only in Windows x64. All non-x64 applications are stored here
- Windows, which contains core operating system files and drivers
- ProgramData, where some applications store application and user specific settings and configuration files.
- Users. This is the “home” of all user profiles. When a new user account is created and this new user logs in first time, Windows creates a set of user specific folders (Users\Username)
Microsoft does not recommend relocating, moving ProgramData, Program Files, Program Files (x86) and Windows folders.
ps: programdata has been moved using fastcopy and preserving all flags and rights. folder structure seem corret at the moment and no errors. let's see in few weeks...
Last edited by pietro; 13 Dec 2016 at 11:32.
Thank you so much for all the time you've put into this. I don't know if you can help. I used your method one and it worked great. But...I need to do this for 100 tablets. So I created a system image. After using the image on a second tablet, it wouldn't work properly. I cannot remember the exact issue as it was many days and unsuccessful tries ago. I am working on duplicating now and will post the exact error. In the mean time, I thought I'd just ask to see if you have any ideas.
In addition, deployment image is always to be done in so called Audit Mode, generalizing it with Sysprep command, see this tutorial: Windows 10 Image - Customize in Audit Mode with Sysprep - Windows 10 Tutorials
If you want to do a fast test,*check the above mentioned tutorial and create your own deployment image as told in it, restoring it to one tablet to see if it works for you.
Remember that the Users folder cannot be relocated to SD card! I thought that to be important to mention as you were talking about tablets.