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

14 Feb 2013   #570
Kari

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No, you don't lose installed program but you lose Windows Activation so you need to have a legal, valid product key to re-activate.


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16 Feb 2013   #571
Threepwood

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jvidamins View Post
Kari, I'm following your instructional to the T. I've tried it 3 times and each time, after I run the script and try to exit Audit mode I get the following Error Message as my machine tries to boot into Windows:

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Windows could not parse or process unattend answer file [C:\Windows\Panther\unattend.xml] for pass [oobeSystem]. The settings specified in the answer file cannot be applied. The error was detected while processing setting for component [Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup].

Once I get that error, there's no way for me to boot into windows, and I'm forced to reinstall again.

Is there a fix for this? Or is it something I'm doing wrong? Please help!
It seems it's my first post here so hello to everyone I've had the same problem as mentioned above. I think the problem was with drive's letters. I did install Win7 with C and D partitions, my CD/DVD drive was on E but the Win7 install disk was on F and after last reboot my system probably switched my USB stick drive letter to E so, after a couple of installs, before booting to OOBE I just made a directory "win7" on D drive, copied all files and folders from usb stick to it, changed the path in XML script and... voila, everything went ok!
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16 Feb 2013   #572
Kari

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Hi Threepwood, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Yes, that error message normally means exactly that: absolute paths to either new folder locations or to install.wim are not correct.

Your workaround is elegant! I have done it by going to Disk Maintenance in Audit Mode and changing CD/DVD and / or USB drive letters there; when done, Windows remembers these drive letters also after reboot.

Kari
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16 Feb 2013   #573
Camera

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Kari - excellent guide
Just one question from a newbie. The line which reads "processorArchitecture ="amd64"
Is that the same regardless of whether the actual processor is amd or intel?

Thanks
Dave
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16 Feb 2013   #574
Kari

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Hi Camera, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Yes, it's the same:
  • Installing Windows x64 on any 64 bit PC > processorArchitecture = amd64
  • Installing Windows x86 on any 32 or 64 bit PC > processorArchitecture = x86
  • Installing Windows x86 on any Itanium PC > processorArchitecture = ia64
    • (Itanium no longer supported on Windows 8)

Kari
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16 Feb 2013   #575
Camera

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Brilliant thanks - just completing an install on a new build. Thanks for the very quick response - I should get set up on two partitions from the outset :-)
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16 Feb 2013   #576
Kari

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16 Feb 2013   #577
Camera

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Thanks
I think I got most of the steps in that guide. Your profiles script worked brilliantly (once I corrected my typos)
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17 Feb 2013   #578
Parman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Kari
Currently I'm using 2 128gb ssds with this. Do you think I will see huge performance decrease if I change the ssd to hhd? I think I might put that sad in another system.
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18 Feb 2013   #579
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Parman View Post
Do you think I will see huge performance decrease if I change the ssd to hhd? I think I might put that sad in another system.
In my opinion no. The most time consuming tasks alongside with Windows boot is the application startups, it won't take so long then to get documents open from secondary disk.

This of course only my personal opinion.

Kari
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