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Windows 7: User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation

21 Jan 2012   #250
Amicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Yep, I was aware of the EDIT to which you refer, but because I did not receive any errors whatsoever, I was inclined to think that it would not be relevant in this instance.

To be certain, just typed it into the cmd prompt, and as I thought, WM Player Network Sharing Service is not started.

Thanks for the reminder tip in any event.

In your experience, any other service(s) which you feel may be worth ending?


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21 Jan 2012   #251
Kari

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No. The next weekend mentioned in this post has not yet come due to heavy workload .

Kari
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21 Jan 2012   #252
Amicus

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Ah ha..........so it's been next w/e, followed by next w/e, followed by next.............Geeze Kari, you've had a heavy workload since November '11...........take it easy man.........you'll burn yourself out!

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21 Jan 2012   #253
Kari

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Just for the record, my Q4 2011 average working week was over 65 hours
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24 Jan 2012   #254
SHPWin7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SHPWin7 View Post
It's a plan then. I'll report back after the new year and let you know how it goes.

Kari (et al):

Here's my report: I did in fact try this procedure and it seems to work. I first followed the standard Kari method and placed both the OS (C) partition and Users/ProgramFiles (D) partitions on the same HDD. I then imaged the C partition using Acronis and restored it to the SSD. I then booted from the SSD and it seemed to find everything perfectly.

My report is still preliminary. Before I declare it ready for prime time, I will want to a) delete the OS partition from the HDD; b) verify that the new OS partition is properly aligned on the SSD; and, c) practice some backups and recoveries. I haven't yet had time to do this but hope to soon. However, it does look promising.
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24 Jan 2012   #255
SHPWin7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
@Webjockey:
The problem is not only usernames, it's the folder Users. It's a system folder. Because of several ownership and permission issues it should only be used by one computer / installation.

To put it short:
- All user accounts (profiles) on one computer and one Windows installation can and will be stored under Users. This is OK, you can have as many user accounts as you need. Using the script in this tutorial takes care of that, all future user account folders will be automatically created to this new location of Users.
- Users should only include account profiles of one computer or installation. When more Windows installations exist on the same computer (dual / triple whatever boot), the Users folder (as well as all other system folders) should always be located on the system drive of that installation, or be relocated on a drive that does not have any system folders from any other Windows installation.

To put it even shorter:
- Don't do that.

Kari
Kari:

I think the above post answers my question but I want to be sure. On my older computer I'm currently running Vista. I've got my OS on one partition ("C:") and my Users folders on a different partition ("D:"). (FWIW: When I set it up that way 4 years ago, it was much more complicated than your method!)

I'm now planning to install Windows 7 to my older computer. I will set it up to dual boot Vista and Windows 7. When I install Windows 7 I would like to move the Users/ProgramData folders to a different partition. Am I correct that the partition I designate for Window 7's Users/ProgramData folders cannot be the current D: partition (i.e. the partition that currently stores my Vista Users files) even if the users names are different?

Thanks.
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24 Jan 2012   #256
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SHPWin7 View Post
Am I correct that the partition I designate for Window 7's Users/ProgramData folders cannot be the current D: partition (i.e. the partition that currently stores my Vista Users files) even if the users names are different?

Thanks.
You could try that to be sure. I've only tried once, which resulted a reinstall of two OS's. In my test, the usernames were the same.

Seems to be quite difficult to find hard facts to support my recommendation, so let's put it this way: The following is more my subjective opinion than a fact, based on my experience with dual/triple boots. Basically, one drive should never contain system files and / or folders from two or more Windows setups. My advice is: do not even think of it!

However, it's your rig. You decide.

Kari
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25 Jan 2012   #257
bubblebobble

Win 7 premium x64
 
 

Hi Kari, first of all many thanks for your precious tutorial!

Just want to give an advice/idea for this...:
Quote:
Basically, one drive should never contain system files and / or folders from two or more Windows setups. My advice is: do not even think of it!
well, I'm trying to dual boot Seven/Xp (but could be Vista/Seven or maybe Seven/Seven, etc) and that's not the first time I do that.

I also usually move profiledir in Xp to D:\Users.

But since I know that Win7 and Xp cannot use the same folder for storing profiles, I think you just CAN use the same drive but MUST use different folders.

The simple idea is to use something like "D:\P1_W7" for storing Win7 profiles and for eg "D:\P2_XP" for Xp profiles.
So we'll have something like D:\P1_W7\Users for Win7 and D:\P2_XP\Users for Xp (or D:\P2...what u want, for the other O.S.)

One drive, two big folders. Same drive, but separate folders.

What u think? I'm trying with Virtual Machine... let u know.

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here is how I'm trying to do it with changes to relocate.xml:



EDIT: tested with vbox, but the above method fails: it doesn't create folder "P2_W7"...
(result is "D:\Users" and not what I wanted that was "D:\P2_W7\Users")

maybe I have to manually create folder before doing the trick?
or there is another string to use our personalized profiledir folder, different from the default one (d/users)?
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26 Jan 2012   #258
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I think you would have to create the folders first on the root of drive your are moving Users and ProgramData to.
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27 Jan 2012   #259
Kari

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No, no need to create folders. Sysprep takes care of that. Folder names must be Users and ProgramData.

Kari
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