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

01 Sep 2012   #390
FredyC

Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit
 
 

Oh wow, i really did miss that part. I kind a scrolled down to images with moved folders and didn't notice "Exiting Audit Mode". Ok, i am still in audit mode and installing drivers and some basic software, so i can create system backup from it. I hope it will not screw up some installed things after i exit audit mode. Anyway, thanks for help, i really felt dumb now


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01 Sep 2012   #391
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Just remember that the OOBE boot after Audit Mode is like first boot ever: you need to name the computer and create first, initial user.

IF you do this AFTER you have installed Windows 7 and created some users, you can't use existing usernames at this point. An example:

You have installed Windows creating a user Fredy. Later you have created three more users Tom, Dick & Harry. User profiles exist on C:\Users and already contain some files and folders.

Now you decide to use sysprep to relocate Users. You enter Audit Mode, run the answer file and exit Audit Mode by booting to Welcome (OOBE) mode. Your computer thinks now it is the very first time it is booted and stops to ask initial username and computer name. At this point however the users Fredy, Tom, Dick and Harry exist in register so Windows does not accept those usernames (duplicate usernames not allowed).

In my test system I for instance already have the user Kari. If I now make an OOBE boot and give initial username Kari, I will get this:

User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation-oobe_initial_user.png

I recommend using username Test at this point, just to get further. When you then finally enter the Welcome screen, you can see your old original users plus the newly created Test:

User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation-oobe_initial_user_2.png

Login using your old, original username and when in Windows go to Control Panel > Users and delete Test account.

Kari


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01 Sep 2012   #392
FredyC

Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit
 
 

Yeah, i understood that part. I am still running unnamed computer with only Administrator user. I want to make backup with drivers and everything basic in this state and later just take this backup and create user.
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02 Sep 2012   #393
bluedragon

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit, Vista home premium 64 bit, XP Pro 32 bit
 
 

Hi, I was able to get into audit mode, and partitioned my drive. I saved the script to drive C: but when i command prompt, i can't get it to accept the command. I have a brand new computer and the OS is already on drive C:, so i started from where it asked me to enter user name and computer name. Iam moving the user/program data folders to drive E: as per the script. I pasted the script into drive C: and E: but not sure how to get to root. The script looks like this, <?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>
<cpifflineImage cpi:source="wim:C:/sources/install.wim#Windows 7 HOMEPREMIUM" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
</unattend>



In the script where it says wim:C:, thats where is OS is not on DVD/CD. When i try to type in c\Windows\System32\Sysprep, it just takes me back to the prompt C:\Users\Administrator. What am i doing wrong??
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03 Sep 2012   #394
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

The line in answer file that is pointing to install.wim file have to point to location of where you have the Windows installation media, not to where you have installed Windows.

So, this line in your answer file is wrong:
Quote:
<cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:C:/sources/install.wim#Windows 7 HOMEPREMIUM" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
It is pointing to your Windows on C:, not to install media as it should be. You have to have Windows installation media, either as original Windows 7 installation DVD or Windows 7 ISO file burned to DVD or USB stick, and then edit that line to point to that media. For instance if your Windows is installed on C: and your Windows installation DVD is on G:, that line should be:
Quote:
<cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:G:/sources/install.wim#Windows 7 HOMEPREMIUM" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
Also, do not save the answer file on C:, save it on root of another drive.

Kari
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03 Sep 2012   #395
bluedragon

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit, Vista home premium 64 bit, XP Pro 32 bit
 
 

Ok, since my windows media is on drive C: and not on an installation DVD, you are saying to burn the OS from the computer to disk, then have it point to that disk media i.e. my DVD drive is D: so it would be <cpifflineImage cpi:source="wim:D:/sources/install.wim#Windows 7 HOMEPREMIUM". is that correct? Also, can i save to root of drive E: which is where the users folders will be, and when you say save to Root, what does that mean exactly.. I previously just opened drive E: and pasted it there!!!! Thanks for the help this is my first time.
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03 Sep 2012   #396
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

No, you can't just copy your Windows from C: to a DVD. You need an official, real Windows 7 installation DVD, or installation ISO file burned to disk or to USB stick.

For explanation of root, see here: Root directory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kari
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03 Sep 2012   #397
bluedragon

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit, Vista home premium 64 bit, XP Pro 32 bit
 
 

So the recovery data i can burn to DVD won't do it.??? All i have is the recovery info that was installed on the new computer.
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03 Sep 2012   #398
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
You need an official, real Windows 7 installation DVD, or installation ISO file burned to disk or to USB stick
Here is the link:
Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River « My Digital Life
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03 Sep 2012   #399
bluedragon

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit, Vista home premium 64 bit, XP Pro 32 bit
 
 

THanks MUCH !! I'll give it a shot.
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