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

02 Oct 2012   #430

Windows 7 Home Premiom x64

Britton 30, thanks for the link. I will try and figure out how to use that ISO.

Here is what my Cd says:

" i series. Reinstallation DVD. The software included on this Recovery DVD-ROM was pre-installed on your hard drive at the factory and may only be used for backup and recovery of your computer system. Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit"

Here is my plan.... I think I will try again by using my Re-Installation DVD to install windows 7 in a clean install again. However, this time, when i Shutdown the computer from Audit mode (and after I re-attach my HDD) I will load the ISO of windows 7 and tell the script to look for it there (on the ISO)... that way, all of my correct system drivers gets installed, and when time to run the Sysprep and make it run the script, it will look to the ISO for the file instead of my DVD i've tried with before. What do you think?

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02 Oct 2012   #431
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

From the label it appears to be a Win 7 installer. Your plan sound ok, but you will still have to install your drivers afterwards, LAN, GPU, chipset, USB, etc.
Good luck this time!
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03 Oct 2012   #432

Windows 7 Home Premiom x64

VICTORY!!!!!!!! Kari, Britton30, thank you guys for all of your help. Many clean installs later and i've finally done it!

Britton30, I followed the link to the ISO you posted and DL'ed my Win7 version. I put it on a bootable formatted DVD and ran the clean install/sysprep, etc, using that disc as opposed to the OEM recovery dvd i had been using. This time, when I rebooted for the first time in regular mode, sure enough, my folders had moved. I deleted the ProgramData folder on C: and used a shell extension program to create Junctions between the folders on C: and D:. Everything worked out well.

I do have one last question though: When I place a file in either folder location, I can see it in both. Does that mean that the file is being stored on both drives? Or is it that, due to the junction, I can view the files from the C: drive, but that they are actually on the D: drive now?

Thanks again guys.
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03 Oct 2012   #433
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Well that's good news indeed.
I'm unsure of your folder question though. I didn't make any junctions, the OS treats the data and OS drives as part of one single drive. If I click a file, whether its on my C or K, (my data) it opens.
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04 Oct 2012   #434

Windows 7 Home Premiom x64

Well, I may have spoke too soon. Everything was going fine, but as I was installing drivers for things such as my GPU, weird things started happening on my desktop. The pc would freeze, etc. I looked in my Devices and Printers section, and the PC icon has a yellow exclamation sign on it. When I look, it says each item in there is missing drivers.

When I try to tell the devices to update drivers, it says drivers cannot be found.

The actual devices that are showing no drivers is:

3D Video Controller
42 different "Base System Device"
Ethernet Controller
Network Controller
PCI Simple communications controllers
4 performance counters
SM Bus Controller
System Interrupt Controller
2 Universal Serial Bus Controller's
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15 Oct 2012   #435

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
i need little more help

hey kari nice to meet you ok i see about moving user directories and program data ok is the program data both the programs and programs86 folders im not to windows or pc literate and i was looking to have my users programs programs86 put to a partition on the hard drive i installed fresh win copy in so i was trying to seperate them files off incase if windows takes a dump i still have all my files and just have to reset up windows again then and if not how would i write to script for the directories under programs and programs86 folders
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15 Oct 2012   #436

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Hi Ru420baked, welcome to the Seven Forums.

I have some difficulties to understand your question, but let's try.

You should absolutely not move, relocate or delete Program Files and Program Files (x86) folders. They are the default locations where Windows installs most of your software by default. Programs that let you select installation drive and folder other than these two also quite often install at least some files in them.

Although possible, relocating these two folders is not recommend by Microsoft. Due everything that can go wrong when relocating them, I will never give any advice in this topic. Call me chicken if you like to but I am simply refusing to take any responsibility in case something goes wrong when moving Program Files .

ProgramData folder is then a completely other story. Your installed applications create some folders for things like settings, temporary files, in case of browsers your profiles and bookmarks / favorites and so on. These are saved in two locations, the hidden AppData folder containing user specific settings and Programdata , hidden as well, which contains more general application settings.

The AppData folder is a subfolder for your user profile folder, so AppData folders for each user are relocated when you relocate Users (main user profile folder). The purpose of this tutorial is to move user settings, profiles and files so after relocating the main folder Users the script (answer file) does the same thing with this "Public All Users Settings" folder ProgramData.

Remember, Program Files and Program Files (x86) folders are not to be compared with ProgramData folder. Apples and oranges as they say.

Read more about the system folders on the first page of tutorial.

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15 Oct 2012   #437

Windows 7 Professional x64

I've got a question:

Could you relocate Users and ProgramData to a mapped network drive if it was available and accessible during audit mode? I imagine it would have to be on a static IP. What would happen if the network drive rebooted and dropped of the network momentarily (NAS reboot?)
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16 Oct 2012   #438

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Jeffe, the answer is no. Let me quote my previous post altering what I said just a bit; although your question is different, my answer is basically the same:
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Due everything that can go wrong when relocating them to a network location, I will never give any advice in this topic. Call me chicken if you like to but I am simply refusing to take any responsibility in case something goes wrong when moving Program Files and Programdata or any other system files to a network location .
System files must be located on a physical drive for obvious reasons.

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19 Oct 2012   #439

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
Drive letter of USB flashdrive


Great step-by-step PDF document "Relocate User folders during Windows 7 installation ". It says under the section "Creating a script for System Preparation Tool":

Row 14: Change the drive letter in wim:E to that of your CD/DVD drive where your Windows 7 installation DVD currently is

I am installing from a USB flash drive. This may sound like a silly question, but will Windows install assign a drive letter to the flash drive? And is there a way to figure it out what it is? Theoretically it should be after C (my SSD), D (letter assigned to my DVD drive by Windows) and E(my second hard drive) - so it should be F:, right?


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