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Windows 7: Moving User Data and Sharing Between Windows 7 & 8 Dual Boot.


12 Dec 2013   #1

Multi-Boot - Windows 8.1 Professional x64 / Windows 7 Ultimate x64 / Other
 
 
Moving User Data and Sharing Between Windows 7 & 8 Dual Boot.

I am in the process of setting up my multi-boot system. I have a 250GB SSD and a 1TB Magnetic.

My 2 main OS will be Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Windows 8.1 Professional x64 (with various Linux thrown in)

I will be installing the OS onto the SSD (obviously ), but as Native Booting VHD's (not so obvious )I want to put all the user data/profiles over on to the magnetic and I know how to do that for each OS thanks to the following threads:
But is there a way to share the locations between them so that documents autmatically saved in 7 show up in 8 and vice versa.

Many thanks

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12 Dec 2013   #2

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Hi Escribblings, welcome to the Seven forums.

First, please notice that you should not relocate the Users folder, main profile folder, of both Seven and Eight to the same partition. Partition your storage HDD so that you have own partitions for respective Windows 7 and Windows 8 user profiles. When you sysprep a Windows installation asking it to change the location of <ProfilesDirectory> on a disk where the folder Users already exists from another Windows installation, too much could go wrong. Using the same main folder Users will not work.

After installing both systems and sysprepping them, it's an easy task to add the user folders from the other system to Libraries. Add Windows 8 Users\Your_Username\Documents to Windows 7 Documents library and so on.

Kari
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12 Dec 2013   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I am sure you have your reasons to go for a double booting configuration. But I think it is a lot more practical to run Windows 8.1 in virtual. Have a look at the video and you'll understand why I sau that.

VMware Player - a Windows 8 Demo

And there is a way to share a data partition between the guest and the host.

VMware Player - Share Partitions Between Host and Guest

Just a suggestion for a nice alternative,
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12 Dec 2013   #4
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Make a third partition for your data, copy the User folders there as a single set with all data sorted into each.

Then as suggested add each User folder to the respective OS's Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums.

Then designate each folder as the official Library - Set Save Folder - Windows 7 Help Forums
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12 Dec 2013   #5

Multi-Boot - Windows 8.1 Professional x64 / Windows 7 Ultimate x64 / Other
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Hi Escribblings, welcome to the Seven forums.

First, please notice that you should not relocate the Users folder, main profile folder, of both Seven and Eight to the same partition. Partition your storage HDD so that you have own partitions for respective Windows 7 and Windows 8 user profiles. When you sysprep a Windows installation asking it to change the location of <ProfilesDirectory> on a disk where the folder Users already exists from another Windows installation, too much could go wrong. Using the same main folder Users will not work.

After installing both systems and sysprepping them, it's an easy task to add the user folders from the other system to Libraries. Add Windows 8 Users\Your_Username\Documents to Windows 7 Documents library and so on.

Kari
Noted. I will look into the libraries.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Make a third partition for your data, copy the User folders there as a single set with all data sorted into each.

Then as suggested add each User folder to the respective OS's Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums.

Then designate each folder as the official Library - Set Save Folder - Windows 7 Help Forums
Not sure why I need a 3rd partition. Can you explain

[Ninja edit] My system has 6 physical disks, 1x 250GB SSD, 1x 1TB SATA3 7200RPM Magnetic/SSD Hybrid & 4 older 10000 RPM Raptors.

The SSD holds my Win 7 & 8 VHDs, and the 1TB is my data disk. The 4 Raptors are scratch/Linux disks [/ninja edit]

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I am sure you have your reasons to go for a double booting configuration. But I think it is a lot more practical to run Windows 8.1 in virtual. Have a look at the video and you'll understand why I sau that.

VMware Player - a Windows 8 Demo

And there is a way to share a data partition between the guest and the host.

VMware Player - Share Partitions Between Host and Guest

Just a suggestion for a nice alternative,
I want both 7 and 8 to have full hardware access. I am currently installing then both on mounted VHDs with no installation as such in the primary partition on the SSD.

If I have any problems, the one I decide to be primary will be put onto the partition direct, but for now they are both VHDs
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12 Dec 2013   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
Not sure why I need a 3rd partition. Can you explain?
If you don't do it like that, you will get permission conflicts.
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12 Dec 2013   #7

Multi-Boot - Windows 8.1 Professional x64 / Windows 7 Ultimate x64 / Other
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote:
Not sure why I need a 3rd partition. Can you explain?
If you don't do it like that, you will get permission conflicts.
I still don't understand this 3rd partition.

Disk 0 is my SSD/Boot disk with a Windows 7.VHD and a Win81.VHD.
Disk 1 is my 1TB data disk.
Then there are my other 4 disks as well.

Now I understand that I may need to split the Data disk into 2 partitions for 7 & 8. Are you saying I need to add a 3rd as well?

I may just create some more dynamic VHDs on the data disk and attach them instead.
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12 Dec 2013   #8
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All of your data can go on one separate partition, in one set of User folders linked to each OS by libraries.
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12 Dec 2013   #9

Multi-Boot - Windows 8.1 Professional x64 / Windows 7 Ultimate x64 / Other
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
All of your data can go on one separate partition, in one set of User folders linked to each OS by libraries.
I understand that. What I was looking at was moving the entire user data, not just linking a new folder into the library.

However, that may be the safest route.
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12 Dec 2013   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Don't move it (e.g. with the Location tab in Properties), but make brand new folders which you INCLUDE into the appropriate library. Like this - my data partition is E.

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