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Windows 7: Moving user profile from D partition to C


03 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Moving user profile from D partition to C

Hi

I've just gotten a new laptop with Windows Home Premium x64 where the user folder is located on a D partition (580 GB) while the OS is on a 100 GB C partition. Although I've found tutorials about moving user profiles from C to D partitions such as this User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation I am not sure if this might be the right way to move the users folder into the OS partition. I am doing this as I would rather enlarge the C partition for program files, have a "d" partition to host a 32-bit windows os and an "e" partition dedicated to back up matters/for files which are not going to be actively used, which is the arrangement I have traditionally used.

Thanks very much!


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03 Apr 2012   #2

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

I think the best method would be to backup any data you want to save then reinstall Win 7 via the Recovery Partition.
Even the link you gave talks about what you can do during install, not after.

The first thing you need to do is create a set of Recovery Discs just in case something goes wrong (or when you hard drive dies). Once you have that and have backed up anything you don't want to lose, see if there is a Recovery Partition on the hard drive that you can restore from. If not then use the Recovery Discs you created.
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04 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks for your reply. Turns out the profile is on the C partition, just the registry has it save documents etc. to the D partition, and there appears to be more hidden occupants of at least the D partition. In any event, I am creating the recovery discs now, and plan to install a dual-boot Windows 8 consumer preview after having learnt about it on these forums. Thanks very much for your help!
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04 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Caution with Windows 8. Make sure you download the .iso version and boot it to do the install. Otherwise you will wipe out your existing Win 7 and the way to restore is to reinstall or restore from a backup image.

You may want to look at running Windows 8 as a guest OS under Oracle Virtual Box. I wanted to do this but my computer is too old and does not have hardware virtualization support so I am running it in a dual boot setup. Because of that I seldom look at it. If I had it under Vbox I could run it right in the desktop along side Windows 7. Your computer is new so it should have the necessary support.
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04 Apr 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

Tips for getting a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista - Windows 8 Forums

Easiest method is to link your User folders on 7 to the relevant library in 8 by righclicking>Add to Library: Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums
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