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

24 Jan 2014   #760
JoshuaJackson85

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 
This idiot has beat your proof.

Okay so after more reading through posts i found a similar question and answer i was asking. This of course spawned another. I tried again with my recovery disc in, still nothing.


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24 Jan 2014   #761
JoshuaJackson85

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 
one other thing

I have previously taken over the built in administrator account, renamed it, and made it my own. So does that mean i have to give it back and make a regular admin for this to work? Basically what I was saying before is, all the information in the script file matches my setup exactly. So no changes to that were needed.
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24 Jan 2014   #762
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Taking over and renaming the built-in administrative account is never a good idea but OK, you've done it and it does not prevent you following this tutorial.

You cannot use a recovery media for sysprepping. It has to be an original, valid Windows 7 install media. If you do not have one, first steps in this tutorial tell you how to obtain it: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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24 Jan 2014   #763
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Yes, I used a w7 SP1 on a flash drive for the operation.
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24 Jan 2014   #764
JoshuaJackson85

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 
Aha No scotch but a beer will have to do

Okay I will burn the disk and start back from scratch.
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24 Jan 2014   #765
JoshuaJackson85

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 
More idiot than you can handle?

Well I burned the boot disc per instructions you linked. Seemed to go well. So i started the process over everything seemed to work as you said It would. Only thing is whenever windows reboots and i am prompted to create the user account, i create the test account. However i notice that whenever i try to log out, to log into my renamed admin account, it has been disabled again. I can re enable it from the test account, and then log back into hidden account. However when i checked to make sure the files had moved they had not. This leads me to believe that being in this hidden admin account to begin with, somehow disrupts the process.
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25 Jan 2014   #766
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

To be honest, renaming the built-in admin account and using it as the only user account is so extremely absolutely utterly bad idea that I've never even thought about the possibility. I need to test that scenario on a test rig first before saying anything more about it.

More likely something is wrong in the answer file, or sysprep does not find the install media.

Sysprep is an internal Windows tool, made by Microsoft exactly for this purpose. If the following prerequisities are met, it always works:
  • Windows is cleanly installed (not in-place upgraded)
  • WMP Network Sharing Service is stopped
  • Answer file syntax is correct (no typos)
  • Answer file values are correct (correct bit version, install media location, folder locations)
  • The install media used is valid, original Windows ISO or DVD and of correct bit version
  • Syntax of the sysprep command is correct, UNATTEND switch pointing to correct answer file location
A short check list regarding the above list:
  • The Windows ISO you downloaded, is it the same bit version than your installed Windows?
  • Is the Windows DVD in the same drive than told in answer file?
  • Is the bit version (amd64 or x86) correct in the answer file?
  • The UNATTEND:X:\RELOCATE.XML switch when finally giving the sysprep command points to correct location of the answer file?
Please post your answer file (xml script) here exactly as it is, as you used it. Also tell which drive is your DVD drive where the install media is inserted when you sysprep, and where and with which name you have saved the answer file.

Kari
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26 Jan 2014   #767
JoshuaJackson85

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 
Crazy

Well i figured I would give the clean install a go, seeing as i went through all the trouble of making the disc. Long story short it eventually worked and now all is as it should be. Thank you Kari and Brit for all your help and patience.
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26 Jan 2014   #768
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 



Good to know you got it finally working.
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26 Jan 2014   #769
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Likewise, glad you got it going. The next time will be easier too.
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