Windows 10: Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10  

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  1. Posts : 11,549
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       09 Feb 2017 #980

    brainvision said: View Post
    EDIT: I have a question, if you please: I did everything and it worked like a charm, now I see in my C: drive a folder called Logs (a different one from PerfLogs); I assume it stores the logs from the sysprep process, didn't it? Can I delete this folder?
    That folder has nothing to do with Sysprep, which stores its logs in folder C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\Panther. Your Logs folder most probably belongs to some third party software.


    ponq101 said: View Post
    Thanks
    You are welcome

    Kari
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  2.    21 Feb 2017 #981

    Thanks, Kari! I think that info will be usefull for anyone with SSD
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  3.    26 Feb 2017 #982

    Hi,

    I tried to do the suggested process to transfer the users but forgot to heed to the warning about assigning the drive and am now stuck in endless sysprep loop. I gather that I have to reinstall the OS using the usb drive. The computer has a flash drive where the OS was installed and a disk where I was trying to move the user profile data and where some other data was present. I want to be able to retreive the other data (not saved in user profile) that was there on the hard disk (not the flash drive).Will I be able to to that after I reinstall the OS or should I do it before the reinstall? Can someone please guide me how to do this?
    Really appreciate the help.
    Thanks
    Rashed
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  4. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Pro (x64)
       26 Feb 2017 #983

    Kari,
    After watching your users-folder-move-location-windows-10-a.html#MethodTwo video, I immediately registered on your site. Great info here. I would like to move my user folders to a separate drive, but have one question.

    I upgraded from Win7 x64 to the free upgrade to Win10 Pro x64, and do not have the DVD with the needed file "install.wim". Is there a work around, or do you suggest I purchase a copy?
    Thanks in advance,
    harris128
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  5. Posts : 679
    WinX Pro x64 IP v14986
       26 Feb 2017 #984

    bohrar said: View Post
    Hi,

    I tried to do the suggested process to transfer the users but forgot to heed to the warning about assigning the drive and am now stuck in endless sysprep loop. I gather that I have to reinstall the OS using the usb drive. The computer has a flash drive where the OS was installed and a disk where I was trying to move the user profile data and where some other data was present. I want to be able to retreive the other data (not saved in user profile) that was there on the hard disk (not the flash drive).Will I be able to to that after I reinstall the OS or should I do it before the reinstall? Can someone please guide me how to do this?
    Really appreciate the help.
    Thanks
    Rashed
    I think that what you can actually do is this:

    Boot from the Windows 10 installer externally (USB / DVD), then go to audit mode, without actually installing anything, and re-do the process, this time verifying the drive letters are correct, and it should be fine.

    Theoretically, all you should need to do is boot windows 10 (USB / DVD), enter audit mode, and fix the the drive letter assignments, then reboot from the system HD, and the original Sysprep procedure should pick up where you left off and finish what you were doing, but there is the possibility that booting from external media may interrupt the process so it cannot continue, and thus you may need to redo the whole process again.

    Kari, am I correct in this supposition?
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  6. Posts : 679
    WinX Pro x64 IP v14986
       26 Feb 2017 #985

    harris128 said: View Post
    Kari,
    After watching your users-folder-move-location-windows-10-a.html#MethodTwo video, I immediately registered on your site. Great info here. I would like to move my user folders to a separate drive, but have one question.

    I upgraded from Win7 x64 to the free upgrade to Win10 Pro x64, and do not have the DVD with the needed file "install.wim". Is there a work around, or do you suggest I purchase a copy?
    Thanks in advance,
    harris128
    You can download the official Windows 10 installer .ISO directly from Microsoft.

    As soon as I get to a computer I will edit this post with the link. You may need to log in with a Microsoft account to do so.

    EDIT: added the following:

    OK, so you have to download the tool now, as there is no direct download of the .ISO anymore. Bummer.

    Link for the .ISO download tool is: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/windows10

    To use the tool to create a bootable USB device, see part 1 of this tutorial: USB Flash Drive - Create to Install Windows 10

    To create a DVD, follow the same tutorial but select DVD and follow the prompts.

    However, there *is* a tool that downloads the .ISO directly, if you don't mind giving it a whirl - Heidoc's Microsoft .ISO downloader. See Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool

    With this tool, if you select Windows 10 (not Insider Preview) you then have the ability to select all of the official releases of Windows 10 - Redstone 1 (July 2016), Threshold 2 (April 2016), Threshold 2 (February 2016), Threshold 2 (November 2015), Threshold 1 (July 2015),

    Using the Microsoft tool will get the latest, which is Redstone 1, downloaded and then you can just have it make the .ISO or optionally you can have it create a bootable USB device or DVD disc. The Heidoc tool downloads the .ISO directly, and you will need to burn it to DVD / create a bootable USB device yourself. For DVD, you can use the native burning tools in Windows using this tutorial - Burn Disc Image from ISO or IMG file in Windows 10 - or a 3rd party tool, such as Burnaware, ISO Recorder, etc. and for USB, I recommend Rufus to make the bootable USB device, following the instructions in part two of this tutorial: USB Flash Drive - Create to Install Windows 10

    HTH
    Last edited by johngalt; 26 Feb 2017 at 13:54.
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  7.    28 Feb 2017 #986

    Hi

    I followed the video for method two and my system has been on the screen with the circle for 9 hours now. I can hear it still accessing the optical drive. Threre is only one profile but it is over 50gb (most of that in appdata). Also the download folder was moved to another drive before after install many moons ago.

    The relevant system stas are:

    Amd fx6100
    16gb ddr3 ram
    120gb ssd boot drive sata3
    2tb destinatin dtive sata 3 (drive is not empty as it is the same drive that has my games install directory, but has over 500 gb free and is kept defraggd)


    How long should I expext to wait before giving up and reformatting and clean installling... NOT something I want to do, personally...
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  8. Posts : 679
    WinX Pro x64 IP v14986
       28 Feb 2017 #987

    johngalt said: View Post
    I think that what you can actually do is this:

    Boot from the Windows 10 installer externally (USB / DVD), then go to audit mode, without actually installing anything, and re-do the process, this time verifying the drive letters are correct, and it should be fine.

    Theoretically, all you should need to do is boot windows 10 (USB / DVD), enter audit mode, and fix the the drive letter assignments, then reboot from the system HD, and the original Sysprep procedure should pick up where you left off and finish what you were doing, but there is the possibility that booting from external media may interrupt the process so it cannot continue, and thus you may need to redo the whole process again.

    Kari, am I correct in this supposition?
    Kari, is that information correct? Specifically, I was wondering what would happen if he just boot into audit mode from a bootable device and changed the drive letter to match the .XML script and see if it did not break the chain and allow Sysprep to continue after the subsequent reboot....
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  9. Posts : 11,549
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       28 Feb 2017 #988

    harris128 said: View Post
    After watching your users-folder-move-location-windows-10-a.html#MethodTwo video, I immediately registered on your site. Great info here. I would like to move my user folders to a separate drive, but have one question.

    I upgraded from Win7 x64 to the free upgrade to Win10 Pro x64, and do not have the DVD with the needed file "install.wim". Is there a work around, or do you suggest I purchase a copy?
    Thanks in advance,
    harris128
    Windows install media is no longer needed in this process when doing it on an existing Windows 10 installation (Method Two in tutorial). Sysprep does not require install.wim file. Video is a bit old and still has the CPI Source line in example answer file, that line can be removed.

    Read Method Two, use example answer file provided. The line with CPI Source (install.wim) location is no longer there.


    johngalt said: View Post
    I think that what you can actually do is this:

    Boot from the Windows 10 installer externally (USB / DVD), then go to audit mode, without actually installing anything, and re-do the process, this time verifying the drive letters are correct, and it should be fine.
    That will not work. You can boot to Audit Mode from OOBE setup phase after the installation, not directly from boot. Alternatively you can restart to Audit Mode from desktop on an existing installation.


    Daswolfen said: View Post
    How long should I expext to wait before giving up and reformatting and clean installling... NOT something I want to do, personally...
    You can try hard reset (power off PC), then turning the PC back on. If it does not proceed, restore a system image backup and check your answer file and drive letter associations.

    Worst case scenario is to do a clean install.

    Note   Note
    At this point a general reminder: Method Two in this tutorial starts with following sentence:

    Remember to create a system image before proceeding!
    That's there for exactly this reason: Sysprepping an existing Windows installation, especially if there's a lot of data in Users folder to be moved can take time and is more risky than doing Method One, relocating Users folder in a fresh clean install.



    bohrar said: View Post
    I tried to do the suggested process to transfer the users but forgot to heed to the warning about assigning the drive and am now stuck in endless sysprep loop. I gather that I have to reinstall the OS using the usb drive. The computer has a flash drive where the OS was installed and a disk where I was trying to move the user profile data and where some other data was present. I want to be able to retreive the other data (not saved in user profile) that was there on the hard disk (not the flash drive).Will I be able to to that after I reinstall the OS or should I do it before the reinstall? Can someone please guide me how to do this?
    I recommend you restore a system image then start from beginning.

    Kari
    Last edited by Kari; 14 Mar 2017 at 20:12.
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  10.    16 Mar 2017 #989

    Can't login with copied or cloned D drive


    I probably should have asked in this thread first but posted in the general forum and have had some suggestions from Caledon Ken. Hopefully I am not stepping on toes asking here as well.

    Original post Moved Users to D:, can't login with cloned drive

    I did read through the last 10 pages or so and bunch in the middle but did not see my issue, hopefully I didn't miss it (I did not read through all 99 pages )

    I have been using the tutorial for a while (Thank you) to have my user files on my Documents drive which is drive D: Unfortunately last week Win 10 wouldn't boot and nothing I tried would repair it so I went with a fresh install. long story short I then ran into the issue that clicking in the Cortana box or start icon does not work. During one reboot Windows said it had to check files and I was surprised to see the disk check being run on my D drive. After getting back into windows I found a very important Excel file would not load nor was it repairable. So I Installed Win 10 (Pro) again on a brand new drive and also put my files on a brand new D drive. Both SSD. I followed the tutorial for a fresh install and moved Users to the D drive with the rest of my personal files.

    Everything worked fine but I wanted an additional backup of my D drive just in case. After cloning the D drive using Macrium Reflect I cannot log in with the cloned drive. I get an error and Windows will not accept the password or pin. The error I get is "The user profile service failed the sign in. The user profile cannot be loaded"If I try safe mode it still will not load (hard error from password). If I go to a cmd prompt and activate the administrator account it is not an option on reboot. I suspect that the drive is not getting loaded as D but I have no way to try to change that. When I put my original drive in place I can log in with an error I get setting up windows again with some errors and a temp directory in users this is fixed by logging out and re-logging in.

    I also tried just copying the files on Drive D to the new drive as recommended I try but I get the same results. I get the same results if the D drive is not mounted. I have not found a way to log in to windows without that drive so I am concerned that if the D:\users folder gets corrupted I will be locked out of the computer.

    Thank you,
    Stuart

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