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

30 May 2011   #80
madindehead

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
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
Thanks mate.

I have just copied all the data onto the drive I will be using for the User data etc. If I do a fresh install, will I just be able to link to that right away? Or will get annoyed with there being data there already, and no data to really move?


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30 May 2011   #81
Kari

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For instance, this scenario works:

When Windows installation finally stops to ask user and computer names, enter Audit Mode as told in tutorial (page 2). Your backup is located in D:\backup. Using sysprep you relocate Users to the same D: drive. When installation is finally over, you copy files from D:\Backup to newly created D:\Users\Your_Username.

Kari
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30 May 2011   #82
madindehead

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thank you very much for all the help! Excellent tutorial mate, I got there in the end! Thank you very much!
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31 May 2011   #83
Kari

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Good to know you got it working.

Kari
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01 Jun 2011   #84
madindehead

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Kari, a quick question for you. On my new install with the SSD, I have once again moved ProgramData and all is working. However, I installed one program (Virtual Clone Drive) and the Start Menu entry for it appeared in the C drive ProgramData, and not my E drive ProgramData (my new one). I fixed it by copying the entries over, but surely that shouldn't happen?

Is it just a weird Windows thing, whereby some items don't place themselves in the new ProgramData folder?
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01 Jun 2011   #85
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madindehead View Post
Kari, a quick question for you. On my new install with the SSD, I have once again moved ProgramData and all is working. However, I installed one program (Virtual Clone Drive) and the Start Menu entry for it appeared in the C drive ProgramData, and not my E drive ProgramData (my new one). I fixed it by copying the entries over, but surely that shouldn't happen?

Is it just a weird Windows thing, whereby some items don't place themselves in the new ProgramData folder?
This is completeley normal behaviour of some programs using absolute file locations instead of Windows environment variables. I would not move those files from C:\ProgramData, it might cause a non working application.

Read this post earlier in this thread: User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation

Kari
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01 Jun 2011   #86
madindehead

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madindehead View Post
Kari, a quick question for you. On my new install with the SSD, I have once again moved ProgramData and all is working. However, I installed one program (Virtual Clone Drive) and the Start Menu entry for it appeared in the C drive ProgramData, and not my E drive ProgramData (my new one). I fixed it by copying the entries over, but surely that shouldn't happen?

Is it just a weird Windows thing, whereby some items don't place themselves in the new ProgramData folder?
This is completeley normal behaviour of some programs using absolute file locations instead of Windows environment variables. Read this post earlier in this thread: User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation

Kari
Cool. Thanks again!
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11 Jun 2011   #87
Anevard

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

Hi,

Great tutorial.

I was just wondering if the "processorArchitecture" should not rather be "IA64" than "amd64" for an I5 Intel processor.

Thanks,

Andrew
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17 Jun 2011   #88
webjockey

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi Kari, I just created my account to say you thanks for such a good tutorial. I have got everything working as it should on my test system. Before I implement this to my "under construction" machine, I have a few questions and I would really appreciate if you can take some time to answer these.

I dont wanna move my "ProgramData" folder from default location so do I just should not write "<ProgramData>d:\ProgramData</ProgramData>" line in script or should I write "<ProgramData>C:\ProgramData</ProgramData>"

Another question I am have is, I am creating 3 Windows 7 installs on the same Machine for some reason. I wanna setup different computer names for these but same username (webJockey). I wanna move all these accounts to D drive. What I wanna do is having one User Folder "webJockey" instead of three. I am just wondring if it is possible, if yes, how do I go about doing it.

My third question should be relatively easy. My "D Drive" is HDD with one NTFS partition and that has got data on it. So do have to do a formatting again or system will still go ahead with creating user folder even if there is data on it. I have got huge ammount of data that I dont wanna move but dont have any windows user folder on it its just my music and videos.

Once again thnaks for a great post.
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17 Jun 2011   #89
Kari

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@Anevard:
IA64 is to be used with Itanium x64 architecture. All "normal" x64 systems, Intel & AMD alike, should be sysprepped with processorArchitecture="adm64".

@Webjockey
- Just leave the line <ProgramData>C:\ProgramData</ProgramData> away. If the script is not told to move the ProgramData, it will not be moved.

- Windows don't "think" you have three different installations with the same user names. Instead, Windows "thinks" there's three different computers with different users. For Windows, user Computer1\Webjockey is not the same user than Computer2\Webjockey. Using the same Users folder is a sure way to get problems, please do not even consider it. Do not relocate Users (and / or ProgramData) from different installations / computers to the same location.

- No need to format or empty drive D: or any other target drive for relocation operation. It will not be formatted. Just take care there's enough space.

Kari

P.S. I have currently some extreme difficulties to post here or anywhere else, so please forgive me if / when my responses takes some time.
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