How to use old user folder with new windows installation.

  1. Posts : 6
    Windows 10

    How to use old user folder with new windows installation.

    I just got a new SSD HDD installed in my computer, which have a new installation of Windows 10 pro on it (Version 1903), and it have created a new use, and my computer starts up using this windows installation... Now, I still have everything on my old HDD, including the old windows installation and user folder. Now I really want to use my old user and old user folders, where all my documents, files for several programs and such are, but I have no idea how to make a user and tell it to use that user folder.
    Can anyone help?

    Thanks a lot!
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  2. Posts : 12,460
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro

    You'd be best served by Copying the contents of the old folders into the same folders of the new user. There's always a few files in use that can't be copied. I copy the folders to a different drive such as a USB HDD or USB Thumb drive both for an archive and then to copy the contents of each folder into the new user's folders of the same name.
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  3. Posts : 6
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Alright… I hoped windows was a bit smarter than that. lol.
    Is there a specific way I have to do this, or is it just Ctrl+C and so forth? The classic way?
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  4. Posts : 265
    Windows 10 Enterprise

    Robocopy would be an easy way to do this. A simple syntax would be:

    robocopy d:\users\username c:\users\username

    Where d represents the files you want to copy and c represents the new ssd drive.

    Please, look up the syntax for robocopy and use only what you need. Hope this helps.
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  5. Posts : 6
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Thanks! Robocopy will help quite a lot!
    Thanks for the fast help guys!

    - - - Updated - - -

    Okay, new question… I tried to change the name of the new folder now, using this guide Change Name of User Profile Folder in Windows 10

    But when I take a look in the regedit, I can only find "currentversion", which leads to "AutoRotation" in the Windows folder, where the profile SIDs should be. Any ideas?
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