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  1. Posts : 621
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       22 Jan 2017 #940

    Believe it or not, that happens a lot.

    I have seen Kari tell 3 different users about that, and I did it myself more than once in the early days, at 7F.
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  2. Posts : 11,238
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       22 Jan 2017 #941

    johngalt said: View Post
    Believe it or not, that happens a lot.

    I have seen Kari tell 3 different users about that, and I did it myself more than once in the early days, at 7F.
    That happens to me every now and then.

    Tip   Tip
    When Sysprep is run and no /unattend:X:AnswerFile.xml switch is given, Sysprep looks if an answer file named exactly as unattend.xml exists in C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep folder. If it exists, it will be used.

    Short: instead of saving the answer file as for instance F:\relocate.xml, save it as C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\unattend.xml and run Sysprep simply without /unattend switch:

    Code:
    sysprep.exe /oobe /reboot
    This would run Sysprep using unattend.xml, Sysprep knows where to look for it.


    Kari
    Last edited by Kari; 23 Jan 2017 at 05:00.
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  3.    24 Jan 2017 #942

    User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk - (2) Part Quest


    I currently have my User folder residing on another drive (G), but Windows has issues, and I have a two part question.
    Couple of months ago we had a fairly good size windows update (Clean install of 10 Pro 64bit Sept 1st), it download, installed. but after reboot I got the "update failed". No matter how many times I tried, and using all methods in forums, Win 10 would/will no longer do any updates.

    1. I was going to run windows repair (from within windows), installing widows over windows with the option of keeping my personal files, and apps. If I do the above install, will it mess my User profile relocation to my G: drive?

    2. This is kind of semi-related. My current G: drive is getting old, and also near full, can I clone the drive to a new larger drive, and not have to worry about loosing my location profile? Relocation xml resides on the root of G:
    Last edited by HC1Gunner; 25 Jan 2017 at 20:08.
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  4.    25 Jan 2017 #943

    Hello,Kari.

    I have two questions.
    On
    Method One

    1.Must the drive into which I want to relocate the Users folder be empty?

    2Then the
    latter half of the sentence seems meaningless if the drive is empty.
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  5.    25 Jan 2017 #944

    Kari said: View Post
    That happens to me every now and then.

    Tip   Tip
    When Sysprep is run and no /unattend:X:AnswerFile.xml switch is given, Sysprep looks if an answer file named exactly as unattend.xml exists in C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep folder. If it exists, it will be used.

    Short: instead of saving the answer file as for instance F:\relocate.xml, save it as C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\unattend.xml and run Sysprep simply without /unattend switch:

    Code:
    sysprep.exe /oobe /reboot
    This would run Sysprep using unattend.xml, Sysprep knows where to look for it.


    Kari
    johngalt said: View Post
    Believe it or not, that happens a lot.

    I have seen Kari tell 3 different users about that, and I did it myself more than once in the early days, at 7F.
    Thank you all.I have experienced it ,and really admire Kari for patience and warm-heartedness.

    It's fidgety to answer such questions for many times,however,it's hard to break the fixed thinking when in such moods,especially for newbies.

    Some forums may list the frequent questions for questioner to check,but it seems with little effect.

    I think the more effective solution is making the error prompt more humanistic.It's hard for newbie to check from usage.Returning the possible error and similar answer may be better.

    But for us,we may only make a AI respondent.
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  6.    27 Jan 2017 #945

    I moved Users after having my users setup. All went as planned, but upon checking the registry, there were many records still pointing to C:\Users. These obviously could not work. I used too called "Registrar Registry Manager" that has a free home version to rename everything.

    There were some other minor cleanup problems with Outlook 2013 files and DropBox. I had to remove DropBox and re-install. Then I was able to delete all remaining files in C:\Users. Checking for files left behind in C:\Users would be a good cleanup check.
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  7.    27 Jan 2017 #946

    User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk - (2) Part Quest


    No one has a reply for my above question?

    Thank You most kind, and knowledgeable Mr. Kari
    Last edited by HC1Gunner; 28 Jan 2017 at 13:12.
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  8. Posts : 11,238
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       27 Jan 2017 #947

    HC1Gunner said: View Post
    1. I was going to run windows repair (from within windows), installing widows over windows with the option of keeping my personal files, and apps. If I do the above install, will it mess my User profile relocation to my G: drive?
    No. In-place and repair installs work just fine regardless if the Users folder has been relocated with this method or not.


    HC1Gunner said: View Post
    2. This is kind of semi-related. My current G: drive is getting old, and also near full, can I clone the drive to a new larger drive, and not have to worry about loosing my location profile? Relocation xml resides on the root of G:
    I do not recommend it but it is doable. Just remember, the system (current Windows installation) needs to be offline when you do it. Boot computer with boot media of your chosen imaging / cloning software, clone the disk, remove the old failing one and be sure the new cloned one got same letter, G: in your case.

    My recommendation though is to move all personal user data from all user profiles (not AppData folders!) to external drive to reduce the size of Users (the less there is to move, the faster it goes), move Users folder back to C: drive using Method Two in tutorial just changing the ProfilesFolder value in answer file to C:\Users, then shut down PC and replace the failing drive, boot to desktop and finally do Method Two again, this time moving Users to new disk / drive.

    Now restore the backed up personal user data from external drive back to respective user profile folders.

    Kari
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  9. Posts : 11,238
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       27 Jan 2017 #948

    RochustCN said: View Post
    1. Must the drive into which I want to relocate the Users folder be empty?
    No, although it is recommended. In any case it cannot contain any Windows system files or folders from any other Windows installation.


    RochustCN said: View Post
    2. Then the latter half of the sentence seems meaningless if the drive is empty.
    I am afraid but I have not a faintest clue what you mean with this?

    Kari
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  10. Posts : 11,238
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       27 Jan 2017 #949

    RobMahn said: View Post
    I moved Users after having my users setup. All went as planned, but upon checking the registry, there were many records still pointing to C:\Users. These obviously could not work. I used too called "Registrar Registry Manager" that has a free home version to rename everything.

    There were some other minor cleanup problems with Outlook 2013 files and DropBox. I had to remove DropBox and re-install. Then I was able to delete all remaining files in C:\Users. Checking for files left behind in C:\Users would be a good cleanup check.
    In Windows 10 I have never had any issues with "leftovers" in C:\Users. It simply does not exist after I have relocated Users with Sysprep. I have never had to edit registry manually.
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