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

22 Jan 2013   #530
Gronnie

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

If I move all the folders back to C:, make an image, and then restore to the new drive- how do I move them back to D: again?


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22 Jan 2013   #531
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Running sysprep again as told in this tutorial.
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22 Jan 2013   #532
Zotteken

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi, I'm a new face here.
I have been reading in the topic for like a week now.
I have followed the instructions given in the tutorial to move my Users & ProgramData folders to my 2TB HDD.
I did so while installing Windows.
Now, I installed Firefox & Spotify with no issues (files going to the HDD, as intended). But I can't get AVG 2013 Free to install. It keeps telling me something about a folder not found (that would be ProgramData, I presume) & a link where it points me out to edit a registry key to be C:\ProgramData.
Now, there appears to be a ProgramData folder on C:\ (which is, according to what I read here, pretty normal) & that key AVG wants me to edit already has the value AVG tells me it has to be.
What else could be wrong. And how can I fix it?

Thanks in advance.
Cheers
Zotteken
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22 Jan 2013   #533
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Hi Zotteken, welcome to the Seven Forums.

First: backup in case something goes wrong!

You could try creating a link between original ProgramData and the new relocated one. Giving this command in an elevated command prompt (elevated = run as administrator) creates it:
Code:
mklink /j C:\ProgramData X:\ProgramData
(Replace X with the drive letter where your relocated ProgramData is located.)

Notice that you need to copy absolutely everything from C:\ProgramData to X:\ProgramData and then delete the original C:\ProgramData folder before using above mentioned mklink command.

Now try to install AVG again. If it is still not working, I do not know what else to try. An easy solution would be to replace AVG with Microsoft Security Essentials which in my opinion is at least as good AV solution than AVG.

Kari
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23 Jan 2013   #534
Zotteken

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi, Kari,

Thanks for the help. I did as you said and now installing my updates to AVG, running smoothly.
Also thanks for the awesome tutorial. I really helped me.

Cheers
Zotteken
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23 Jan 2013   #535
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Good to hear it worked for you!

Kari
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24 Jan 2013   #536
jacky

Windows 7 Enterprise 32 bit
 
 

Kari,
your PDF file is working fine for me .I got one question hope you can answer my questions.
I had Successfully done the for relocate from c:\users to D:\users.( follow the Pdf )
and then I use imagex to capture only C drive. it's become win7.wim in d drive.
then I use the win7.wim image to deploy to another windows 7 computer with c and d drive. I just apply the image in C drive and d drive I manually copy the user profiles from the old computers d:\users\default and D:\users\public

Question :- Can I manually copy the default and public folder from the old computer to newly image computers in D:\users\default and users\public ? I found it's not working ? this is because I had some reason I must image in C drive because I must keep the D drive as the d drive contains a lot of users data so I plan to imaging C drive.

any solution if I not backup the entire drive ? and I only backup on c drive ,if I only backup c drive how the windows to link back the profiles to d:\users\default and d:\users\public ? what are the proper way I can do ? beside backup ? mklink ? robocopy ? xcopy ?
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24 Jan 2013   #537
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Deploying an image needs all system folders and files to be imaged. If you move Users to D:, your system image must include both C: and D:.

Kari
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24 Jan 2013   #538
jacky

Windows 7 Enterprise 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Deploying an image needs all system folders and files to be imaged. If you move Users to D:, your system image must include both C: and D:.

Kari

Is there any way that I can ignore D on the image ? as I already imaged the entire C drive only and I already deploy it to C drive in another computer and I use windows PE to boot up and copy back the d:\users\default and d:\users\public from
old computer ( which is created from fresh follow your pdf) to the new computers and the new computer after apply C drive image can work only thing is profiles problem after I manually copy the d:\users\default and d:\users\public

the New Computers contains a lot of important documents and I cant image D , how to solve this? appreciate your help ..
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29 Jan 2013   #539
IML8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit/Fedora 17 LXDE
 
 

Hi, Kari.

I used the method in this tutorial a couple of weeks ago and it worked like a charm. After playing with everything for the last couple of week, it seems to be reasonably bullet proof.

I just have one question that may have already been asked and answered (I haven't read through all 54 pages of comments). Would it be possible to include both the Program Files folder and the Program Files (x86) folder in the XML or would that break something for Windows. I understand that it would slow things down to have the programs on my HDD rather than my SSD, but I'm more concerned with saving space than I am with speed. If it's possible, I may give it a try next time I get ready to do a clean install. If not, I may try the symbolic link method...if you think that would work.

Thanks for all the work you've done on this. I think it's fantastic!

Nick
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