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

08 Aug 2012   #350
AlainCh

w7 ultimate32
 
 

NP Kari;
It's a different procedure from this one but singularly similar.
Tb create under the users all the info about where to store its own information.
The info should be safe and all I have to do is to reconnect them to my profile.

I will redo your procedure to do the move a little later and post the result.

Alain Charles


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10 Aug 2012   #351
AlainCh

w7 ultimate32
 
 

Hello Kari.
Re-did it and it went as expected. Now I have everything under the DATA disk.

Please Note and update your tutorial if you think it worth it:

On the "Existing users tutorial"
1) User with "Scotty / Win Patrol " active have to deactivate it. It can ask (previous to reboot) if sysprep is allowed to make a change into the registry, just few seconds before it reboot; if you miss it, sysprep can go awry.

2)
"Type this to command prompt:C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\Sysprep.exe /audit /reboot"

Tell the user to check the letter of the SYS disk into the DOS prompt.
That I missed first. My Sys disk is "O:"


Users that have Tunderbird have to make this small preparation:

a) Create on the DATA disk a directory called \tunderbird\profilebackup\
b) locate a directory "SYS:\Users\SuperUser\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\Profiles\fu7smt9l.default" where "fu7smt9l" is a random name that can be different.
c) Copy all the content of the "fu7smt9l" (or whatever is called) directory and paste it in the previously prepared backup directory.
d) Start and end your move tutorial
e) when they are again logged in as themself, they have to start TunderBird. It will find nothing and start afresh. Do say no whatever it ask to configure itself. When the questions finish just exit TB.
f) go to the backup directory copy all the content
e) re-locate the \appdata\roaming\tunderbird\profiles\xzxc4546.default directory.. ( yes it's a different random name)
g) delete all the content .. and paste the Backup dir content to replace it.

END) Restart TunderBird, everything should be as it was.

________________________

I'm trying now to locate where the W7 has located the setting of the "Links quick bar" to restore al my links .. I POST HERE THE RESULTS.

Many Tanks
Alain Charles
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10 Aug 2012   #352
Radeon962

Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Kari, using your method on your system, do you have the SSD and at least one other HDD marked as Active? Do you have to have both drives in the computer for it to boot?

I love the ease of use of the guide, but I'm getting ready to rebuild one of my systems and wanted to upgrade my SSD and HDD but currently I would need to make exact duplicates of each to boot.

Is there a way around this?

Thanks, Bill
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10 Aug 2012   #353
AlainCh

w7 ultimate32
 
 

Windows Links or quick bar or whatever you use under the taskbar to keep your *.lnk

Searched internet and many solution but none apply to this case.
I used some of my brain and LO !!! I had a unique programm and only ONE *.lnk pointing at it ... searched and I can give you a solution.

The links taskbar or whatever is located under:
"sys:\Users\SuperUser\Favorites\Links"
But your explorer will show you something like :
"sys:\Users\SuperUser\Favorites\Favorites Bar"

( No reason given )


Preparation:
a) Create under you data disk a directory called "links quick bar"
b) copy all the content of the previously named "Links/favorite bar"
c) paste it inside the new directory

d) Start and end your move tutorial


e) When you are again under your account, RightClick on the taskbar
f) >Toolbars>New Toolbars
g) Point to the "Links Quick Bar" you create in step a) hit enter
h) RightClick on the new taskbar : >notext, >No title, >View>Small Icon

That's all ... Have FUN !!!


AlainCh
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10 Aug 2012   #354
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Radeon962 View Post
Kari, using your method on your system, do you have the SSD and at least one other HDD marked as Active? Do you have to have both drives in the computer for it to boot?

I love the ease of use of the guide, but I'm getting ready to rebuild one of my systems and wanted to upgrade my SSD and HDD but currently I would need to make exact duplicates of each to boot.

Is there a way around this?

Thanks, Bill
I am not sure I understand you? I have never had more than one active disk.

Following this tutorial to relocate Users and ProgramData folders, you need to have the target drive connected and formatted.
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10 Aug 2012   #355
Radeon962

Home Premium 32bit
 
 

When I followed the tutorial (on 2 separate systems/installs), I had both the SSD and HDD plugged in as I wanted to do a fresh install and move the Users and Program Data over to the HDD during the install. It worked for both systems without an issue. The SSD and HDD are both marked as active and I believe it is due to having both SSD and HDD plugged in during Windows install as the HDD appears to have MBR files written to it. I dont' see how you would not have MBR files written to the HDD if it is plugged in when you are doing a fresh install unless there is a way to tell Win 7 not to include it?

Bill
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12 Aug 2012   #356
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I installed w7 with SSD only attached, I recommend that way, when you Enter Audit Mode the 1st time, do Shut Down instead of reboot and then attach the HDD.
I had previously placed the answer file on the HDD to reference it. Restart and continue with the tutorial from this point and only the SSD should be active.
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12 Aug 2012   #357
Radeon962

Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I realize now that I should have done that as well as myGoogling does lead me to believe that having multiple hard drives marked as active is the result of installing Win 7 with the SSD & HDD plugged in. If I can get the HDD marked as not active and the MBR files off of it then I should be OK. Next time I will have to try plugging the HDD in after I start like you recommend.

Thanks, Bill
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12 Aug 2012   #358
Radeon962

Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Well, was able to mark the other HDD as inactive and still boots.

Bill
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12 Aug 2012   #359
Radeon962

Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Upon further review...

I must have system files on a HDD as when I try and make a Win 7 image I get both C: and D: included as part of the System Image.

Attached are screen shots of the Win 7 System Image showing this as well as my SSD/HDD setup from Disk Mgmt.

Do I need to unplug the HDD and run System Repair 3 times? Once I do that and plug the HDD back in do I then need to delete anything from the HDD or just plug it in and go.


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