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

24 Oct 2016   #1110
ThorsteinO

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
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Sorry that was the alert I got. When I click on "OK" nothing happens. I don't get the window you show.User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation-capture.jpg




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25 Oct 2016   #1111
Kari

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThorsteinO View Post
Sorry that was the alert I got. When I click on "OK" nothing happens. I don't get the window you show.Attachment 393099
A prompt telling the correct syntax of a command is always shown, regardless the command, if a user has typed the command wrong as now in your case. When this prompt is shown, OK button is there only to close the prompt, giving user a chance to fix the typing errors.

There should be a space between the /audit and /reboot switches, you have written them with no space separating them. Sysprep does not understand what /audit/reboot means.
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A user error, caused by yourself.

Kari


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25 Oct 2016   #1112
ThorsteinO

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Thanks

Thanks I'll give that a try
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13 Dec 2016   #1113
kalarse

Windows 7 x32/64 Professional
 
 

Hello, I will test this shortly and I have seen it works fine, but what I will like to know is that if I do a clean install of win7 with this and then either me or the person I would be installing it wants to upgrade to 8/8.1/10, what would I require to do in order to maintain this?

Thanks
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15 Jun 2017   #1114
Paul Black

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Good afternoon,

I have a new laptop that I intend to setup with two extra partitions.
One for users and data and one for system image.
I intend to setup the users and data on the newly created partition on the C: drive using the excellent instructions and PDF in post #1 by Kari.
My question is, if I need to restore my system from an image file, what do I need to do, if anything, to make sure the system can still read the data etc from the newly created partition drive?

Thanks in advance,
Paul
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17 Jun 2017   #1115
Kari

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kalarse View Post
Hello, I will test this shortly and I have seen it works fine, but what I will like to know is that if I do a clean install of win7 with this and then either me or the person I would be installing it wants to upgrade to 8/8.1/10, what would I require to do in order to maintain this?

Thanks
I have no explanation to why I have completely missed this post. I subscribe to this thread, getting email notifications every time something new is posted, yet I have missed this. Like I said, I have no explanation, just a sincere apology.

This might not help OP any more but for posterity, to explain it to future readers of this tutorial, here's how it works:

Upgrading to Windows 8 or 8.1 the Users folder must be relocated back to C: drive before upgrade, otherwise it will fail. The same applies to ProgramData folder. This can easily be done with same relocate.xml answer file, just change folder location paths to C:\Users and C:\ProgramData.

You can then relocate Users folder back to another drive in Windows 8 or 8.1. Notice that Windows 8 and later do not support relocating ProgramData folder!

With Windows 10 you only have to put ProgramData back to C: drive, upgrade to Windows 10 works perfectly with relocated Users folder.

Tutorials for Windows 8 & 10 on our sister sites EightForums.com and TenForums.com:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paul Black View Post
Good afternoon,

I have a new laptop that I intend to setup with two extra partitions.
One for users and data and one for system image.
I intend to setup the users and data on the newly created partition on the C: drive using the excellent instructions and PDF in post #1 by Kari.
My question is, if I need to restore my system from an image file, what do I need to do, if anything, to make sure the system can still read the data etc from the newly created partition drive?

Thanks in advance,
Paul
Using my machines as an example, I have C: and D: on first HDD, C: being Windows partition and D: used to store my Hyper-V virtual machines. On second HDD is only one partition E: for user profiles.

When imaging, only BIOS or EFI system partitions and partition C: need to be included in image. When image is then restored, it finds and Windows will use Users folder on partition E: without issues.

If I want to include user data (profile folders) in backup, I include partition E: on second HDD to image, in other words my image would now contain UEFI system partitions, C: from first disk and E: from second disk. I never include drive D: (my virtual machines) in backups; Hyper-V has an extremely easy to use Export / Import feature which backs up my virtual machines fast, no reason to add them in image, especially as partition always has some 300 GB data which would take a long time for Macrium Reflect (my chosen backup solution) to write in image file.

The above applies also when C: and your user profile partition are on same disk. Including user profile partition in image is not required, but if you prefer user data being backed up, too, then included it.

Kari
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