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

12 Jun 2014   #840
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Follow Kari's post #838. The tutorial tells to change the drive letters in the answer file to match what you have. Yes, by all means have just the drive installed you're putting w7 on until you're ready to move the folders, then shut down, attach the drive, and pick up where you stopped.


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13 Jun 2014   #841
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Levy23 View Post
Currently I just had to robocall to reactivate my windows, but currently I'm dealing with an error from sysprep that reads "A fatal error occurred while trying to sysprep the machine." I had previously tried the fresh install following the entirety of the tutorial but I think the drive locations in the script were not what I wanted (they used D: and my drive was F: but it wasn't specified if that was the drive you wanted the folders on) and it just did nothing so I reinstalled hoping to just undo that all. After installing with HDD removed, rebooted with it plugged in and did the %windir% via cmd but now its giving me this error. Ugh. Halp thanks.

edit: best ideas I have is to reinstall again, without HDD, and before naming the computer, follow the tutorial from there, or, um. well, that's all I can think of I guess. I'll wait for replies
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Follow Kari's post #838. The tutorial tells to change the drive letters in the answer file to match what you have. Yes, by all means have just the drive installed you're putting w7 on until you're ready to move the folders, then shut down, attach the drive, and pick up where you stopped.
Levy, I posted exact instructions especially for you, see my previous post (it's #837,Britton ).

About the fact that you used wrong (D:) drive exactly as in tutorial, I can only say that sometimes it makes things with Windows easier if you use your own brain, too. This tutorial was published over three and half years and 350,000 visits ago, everyone else has understood to change the drive letter accordingly.
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13 Jun 2014   #842
Levy23

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Jeez, sorry if I misunderstood. I'll try it again if I can get sysprep to work again. Figured I would rely on what was said instead of following my own idea since I didn't know what I was doing. This all is a bit of a mess and I was trying to follow instructions, no need to insult. Last thing I want to do right now is mess up my computer, especially when the Key continues to come back unusable and the guide said if you were running W7 64 Ultimate, etc that it didnt need to be altered. So i was 'oh ok'. You started off not knowing just like I am, don't be so hasty to basically call someone an idiot when its just a misunderstanding. Thank you.
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13 Jun 2014   #843
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Levy23 no one is calling you an idiot, just asking for you to read our posts.
Don't feel bad mate my first attempt at doing this was less than successful. Kari made some strong suggestions to me as well, in the end it was my fault for missing some tiny, but important details. Heck, he even had to write my answer file because I could not get it right concerning what lines were to be combined.

I did find it very helpful to print out the PDF and have made several notes on it for many steps. Although I've done the process a few times now I always check it much like a pilot has a check list before each take of and landing.

There is a lot of info to digest, I admit, but it is all in a logical and concise form, so even I, a caveman, can do it.
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13 Jun 2014   #844
Levy23

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Thank you, Britton. I'm currently trying to reinstall the OS. I'm still getting Sysprep errors. That's all for now, thank you again.
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13 Jun 2014   #845
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Let us know the errors. Be sure to disable the WMP network sharing as told, it messed me up. Check all of your connections too.
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13 Jun 2014   #846
Levy23

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Everything seems to have worked! Just robocalling for an activation (aaaand done!). Users and Prgm Data files are listed on the new drive (there's a Data's file still on the C: drive but I noticed that was typical and only some programs might install there), so I think I'm all set! Thank you again! Hopefully this'll cut down on the room taken up <3

Levy
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13 Jun 2014   #847
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Good news to hear. I still install programs to my SSD for speed but the Data goes to the HDD, all works well.
The default install location will be C:\ but most software will give an option of where to install.
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17 Jun 2014   #848
Arqfaim

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
What about relocating and renaming?

Hi!
I have semi-succeded relocating the \Users and \ProgramData from C: to E: although not exactly by your method. I did it via unattend.xml script during a fresh install:

Code:
...
           <FolderLocations>
                        <ProfilesDirectory>E:\Users V7</ProfilesDirectory>
                        <ProgramData>E:\ProgData V7</ProgramData>
            </FolderLocations>
...
this resulted in an E:\ProgData V7 as intended but the new user profiles folder was created as E:\Users.
Also tried reinstalling (also to a VMware vm):

Code:
...
                        <ProfilesDirectory>E:\Profiles Folder</ProfilesDirectory>
...
This to check if it would get truncated to E:\Profiles but it still came out as E:\Users.

Is it not possible to rename the \Users folder?
Is renaming \ProgramData and \Users a "bad idea"?
Is it an "only 8 letters" name restriction?

Thanks in advance for your reply and expertise
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18 Jun 2014   #849
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I think it is a bad idea since the system looks for those specific files names. If it doesn't find them it could create them on C:\, negating the process.
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