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

06 May 2011   #70
RCWin7 4M

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Help Please - Sysprep xml file failure

I'm using a Win7 Enterprise iso burned from MS Volume Licensing download which already has SP1 integrated. Windows 7 installs fine, and I can get into audit mode.
When I run the script, PerfLogs, Program Files, Program Files (x86),Users, and Windows directories are created on my E drive.
All these files still exist on the C drive. Any thoughts??


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09 May 2011   #71
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Hello RCWin7 4M, welcome to the Seven Forums.

First, Microsoft does not recommend moving other than Users and ProgramData. Both Program Files and Program Files (x86), as well as Windows and PerfLogs should stay on system drive.

When using this method to relocate Users and / or ProgramData, the original ones still remain on C: but they are no longer used. This post might give you more insight.

Kari
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09 May 2011   #72
RCWin7 4M

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Move users directories problem solved

Kari - My point in the original post was that I copy/pasted your xml script, made appropriate changes and when the script ran, the Perf & Program files folders were also moved to the E drive as well as some windows folders. I did not check to see if WPMNetwork was running so maybe that was the problem.
When I did a second clean install, your program worked flawlessly.
Thanks for responding, and for writing such a great script. Almost all advanced users want to get these folders off C and it seems that our friends at Microsoft have purposely made this more difficult with each new version. Thanks again
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28 May 2011   #73
ecox

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

From what I have been reading here it sounds like a good tutorial, my question is if moving the user profiles have any drawbacks to a SSD such as shortening the lifespan?
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29 May 2011   #74
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ecox View Post
From what I have been reading here it sounds like a good tutorial, my question is if moving the user profiles have any drawbacks to a SSD such as shortening the lifespan?
Absolutely none whatsoever. Theoretically even the opposite; less work = better durability through less disk operations.

Kari
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30 May 2011   #75
madindehead

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hi Kari,

This is working well so far for me on my installation. Just on the reboot after running the script. Currently on "Setup is checking video performance" and have been for some time...When does the data actually move itself from on drive to the other?

This setup bit has taken FOREVER and the script only took a few mins.

I had to reboot my PC, and it has now broken my Windows. I didn't do anything wrong, it was just taking 40 mins on the video performance detection.
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30 May 2011   #76
madindehead

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Just found out: I'm an IDIOT! The data was copying itself during that video performance bit. And now I've screwed my install. Any way to fix this mess I've created?

Update: I have decided to use a Live Ubuntu USB to copy all the data over to the new drive (half of it was already done). Then I will reinstall Windows to my system drive. I only need it until tomorrow, so not a huge problem. Will just install the applications I actually need.

I think it might be a good idea (for the idiots out there like me) to mention that the files copy over in that Windows setup phase (initial setup, checking video performance etc etc) in the tutorial. I should have known it was doing something, I was just being impatient
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30 May 2011   #77
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madindehead View Post
Just found out: I'm an IDIOT! The data was copying itself during that video performance bit. And now I've screwed my install. Any way to fix this mess I've created?
Please don't shoot the messenger now : Re-install might be the best alternative now. If you decide to do so, do not forget to backup your data first.

Kari
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30 May 2011   #78
madindehead

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madindehead View Post
Just found out: I'm an IDIOT! The data was copying itself during that video performance bit. And now I've screwed my install. Any way to fix this mess I've created?
Please don't shoot the messenger now : Re-install might be the best alternative now. If you decide to do so, do not forget to backup your data first.

Kari
Not your fault at all mate don't worry! I was being impatient, and a massive idiot! Lol.

Like I posted above, using an Ubuntu Live USB to copy all the files over, and then going to reinstall

Not a huge issue, SSD is arriving tomorrow anyway, so will need to reinstall then too
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30 May 2011   #79
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

When re-installing, follow the tutorial to relocate Users already before you create the user accounts. Finalize installation, and then restore your data from backup.

Good luck!

Kari
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