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

31 Mar 2012   #290
untel123

Windows 7 Home premium x64 French
 
 

Thanks Kari !

For the language, as far as you know, should I download AIK to find french names or could I be correct with the english xml ? I know that english technicians can install a french system without knowing a french word ... so I imagine (or hope) this type of message can work in english.

J guy


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31 Mar 2012   #291
Kari

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XML is universal, no probs there.
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04 Apr 2012   #292
untel123

Windows 7 Home premium x64 French
 
 

Hello Kari,

I succeeded in doing a clean install and easily move the users and programdata folders according to your guide.

As I had a W7 upgrade, I played sure in moving W7 to the SSD first and then I did the clean install. This way, activation is never a problem. For those who may be interested, I moved W7 to SSD with Acronis True Image WD which is free from Western Digital. It can't be easier, even with different size partitions. Latest version is really idiot proof !

I also took your 2 partition ideas for the Users and ProgramData disk. I placed the Users and ProgramData in the second partition (E: at the end of the disk), keeping the MBR location free from W7 system files. If ever I have problems with SSD, it will be easy to recover my desktop in restoring a system image to D: which is large enough.

So thank you very much for everything ! Glad to have found this thread.

J guy
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04 Apr 2012   #293
Kari

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Thanks for the info, nice to read about your success.

Kari
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14 Apr 2012   #294
wizenedVet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Kari,

First, thank you for authoring and maintaining a wonderfully useful thread.

I thought I had a similar problem to rmcca3q's. Since I have not seen a follow up from him indicating whether or not your tips helped, I want to offer another possibility.

First, I have successfully used your approach to move user profiles on my daughters Acer laptop. I did so after her profile was set up. No problem! Once the computer rebooted, I checked the D: drive and there was the users folder containing her profile.

Here is the other possibility: My wife and kids recently got me a new Dell XPS 8300. Nice machine! I made MANY attempts to set it up to move the yet to be created profiles to D: drive. After every attempt I checked that partition for the user folder, each time being disappointed not to find it! I carefully re-read your tutorial, checked my typing, and looked up everything I could find on Google about sysprep. I even went so far as to read the log files in the Panther folder to try to understand what was failing.

Finally, I sat down to write a slightly different version of this post when it occurred to me I had yet to create a profile and so might not have a users folder. I ran over to the new machine, completed the OOBE and, lo and behold, there was the users folder containing my profile on the D: drive. Right now I am very happy but also feeling quite foolish.

I hope, if rmcca3q does not find his answer in the tips you provided, his problem turns out to be a similar non-problem to the one I had.

Again, thank you for all of your efforts.
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15 Apr 2012   #295
Kari

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Hi Wizenedvet, welcome to the Seven Forums. Good to hear it worked for you

The most common reason users thinks relocating has not worked is that in most cases, if tutorial is promptly followed, the first boot after sysprepping still boots to Audit Mode. At that point the computer is only prepared for relocating but nothing is done yet.

Only after the following OOBE boot is system prepapred, Users and Programdata folders moved and system fully prepared.

Also when finally in Windows normal mode with initial user profile, creating other users: Do not panic when you create a user but can't see this user's folder on Users: the folder structure for a newly created user is NOT created when you create the user; the folders are only created when the user logs in to his/her new account first time. A bit more about this here.

Kari
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16 Apr 2012   #296
wizenedVet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Kari,

Thank you for your kind welcome to the forum.

May I impose upon you to discuss activation count as it applies to your process? In looking for a solution to my problem-which-was-not-a-problem I came across some Microsoft instructions about keeping the activation count from incrementing while people, presumably OEMs and IT professionals stage images before deploying them, are perfecting those images. Does any of that apply here? Do we have to worry about running afoul of Microsoft if, for example, we scrap an installation we fiddled with too much and start again from a clean install?

Thank you,

wizenedVet
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16 Apr 2012   #297
Kari

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Theoretically there's no limit how often you can activate a Windows setup, with one exception: OEM Windows can only be reactivated on the same hardware setup it was first activated. Worst case scenario is you need to do activation by phone but normally there's no problems in reactivating Windows. Main principle, most important thing to remember is that one licence can be at use only in one computer at the time; if you choose to use your Windows product key to activate another PC, the previous installation loses its activation.

I am not sure I understood you correctly, if the above does not answer your question please repost.

Kari

Good to read: Activate Windows 7 by Phone
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16 Apr 2012   #298
wizenedVet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Kari,

Thank you. That was exactly what I was looking for.

wizenedVet
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03 May 2012   #299
RCWin7 4M

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Error message when editing script

I'm using Notepad++ to edit Kari's script. I keep getting an error message when I check the xml syntax. "XML parsing error at line 11; Extra content at the end of the document"

I checked/recopied the script many times - don't see the error. The program seems to run fine on files downloaded from MS licensing. It does not work on OEM files without SP1.Do I have to provide a slipstreamed version of the OEM file inclueding sp1.? Does anyone know if an OEM product key will work on the file downloaded from MS?

Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.

Relocate:

Code:
 
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> 
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend"> 
<settings pass="oobeSystem"> 
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64"publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> 
<FolderLocations> 
<ProfilesDirectory>e:\Users</ProfilesDirectory> 
<ProgramData>e:\ProgramData</ProgramData> 
</FolderLocations> 
</component> 
</settings> 
<cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:R:/sources/install.wim#Windows 7 ULTIMATE" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
</unattend>
Thanks
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