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Windows 7: Relocated ProgramData and Users: Stuck for Windows 10 Upgrade?

07 Jun 2015   #11

7 Ultimate SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
ya you don`t move the folders, you just link them.

Never move the User/User`s folder off C.
It's already moved... like several years ago. I'm trying to reverse it.

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07 Jun 2015   #12
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13 Jun 2015   #13

7 Ultimate SP1

OK after some work, looks like it's done. The guides didn't really apply since I moved the entire Users folder, not just the folders in it.

So here's what I did:

- Moved my data from the Documents, Pictures, etc to a new folder on my spinning drive, and relink OneDrive and the Libraries
- Boot into recovery mode
- In Command Prompt:
1. Deleted the Users and ProgramData junctions
2. Used robocopy to copy the folders back to C Drive
3. Renamed the D drive copy of Users and ProgramData to Users.old and ProgramData.old
- Took the drive offline, and used my laptop to load the hives manually and change all the references of D:\Users and D:\ProgramData to C:\Users and C:\ProgramData. It was not just the ProfileImage key, but about 1000+ references. So I used Registrar Lite to do a Search and Replace in the SYSTEM, SOFTWARE and the NTUSER in my user folder.
- Plugged drive back on and booted back into Windows

So far seems okay, only issue I had was I had to reconfigure my wallpaper, and VMWare kept trying to recreate the D:\ProgramData folder. I'll probably try to reinstall VMWare to fix the second problem.

Hopefully now I can do the in-place upgrade. Probably after that I'll do a fresh reinstall of Windows 10 after the license is registered.
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13 Jun 2015   #14
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You can also Clean Install Windows 10 Technical Preview in a multi-boot or to its own independent hard drive, because MS has announced they will be giving licenses to previewers too.

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