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Windows 7: User Profile - Change Default Location

14 Feb 2013   #180
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Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

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You're most welcome.

It wouldn't hurt to do a full scan of your system with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free just to help make sure that you system is clean though.
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17 Feb 2013   #181
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Hey Brink, take a look at these links. Maybe you can add them here as option 3 or create a whole new tutorial. These links show how to move the user profiles with Junction Points, maybe that is a better way for some users. Just a thought. -WS

Move the Users Directory in Windows 7
http://www.starkeith.net/coredump/20...another-drive/
Move the User Folder To A Separate Drive/Partition (The Right Way) - Idealistically Caspan
Windows 7 – How To Move The Entire Users Folder To A Different Drive – UPDATED! - Idealistically Caspan
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20 Feb 2013   #182
SDBolts

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

So, I guess I should have looked at more search results and found this thread before I tried to relocate my Users folder from my SSD to HDD.

I used the 'guide' located on Lifehacker - How to Move the Windows Users Folder. Unfortunately, I didn't see this comment from John Garcia:

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Apparently whilst the first drive letter in the mklink command refers to the current name of the drive you want your link to be, the 2nd drive letter refers to the name on reboot of the drive you want your symlink to point to. Since I wanted it to point to my D: drive, I re-did the command as:
"mklink /J D:\Users D:\Users"
So, now I'm stuck where I can't logon to Windows. When I get home from work today, my idea is to use my Windows DVD to get to repair and then Command Line, then use robocopy to move everything back to the OS drive. Hopefully then I can load into Windows and follow the instructions listed here.

Does that sound like the right process to fix the "User profile service failed at logon" error?

Thanks,
Eric
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21 Feb 2013   #183
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

This tutorial is far from perfect! You copy when logged on as another user. That other user that makes the files will be the owner of all files. Also permissions to files are lost. They will be default permissions so inhereted from parent. So most likely read and execute for standard users. and full control for administrators. Also junction points are not copied.
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21 Feb 2013   #184
SDBolts

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Well, I went ahead as per this tutorial and haven't had any issues as of yet. Is there another tutorial somewhere else that has a way to resolve the issues you've listed Kaktussoft?
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22 Feb 2013   #185
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SDBolts View Post
Well, I went ahead as per this tutorial and haven't had any issues as of yet. Is there another tutorial somewhere else that has a way to resolve the issues you've listed Kaktussoft?
Did you follow Move the Users Directory in Windows 7 ?
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02 Apr 2013   #186
nevesswodniw

7 Ult x64 sp1
 
 

I want to move the USERS and profiles folders back to C drive.

So I should just:
create a new temp admin profile
log in
change USERS drive back to C:\USERS in registry, and change each profile path back to C:\USERS\* in registry
copy each profile folder back to the C:\USERS folder

Now, is that basically it, And should I use a program like fast copy with the "ACL" checkbox ticked, to copy the profile folders back to C with all the permissions, or will simply copying with windows be enough?

Thanks.
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02 Apr 2013   #187
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello nevesswodniw,

Yep, you would just need to use Method Two in OPTION ONE to move them back to the C:\Users folder. No need to use anything else. When you change the registry entries back to the C:\Users location, it takes care of any links.
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02 Apr 2013   #188
nevesswodniw

7 Ult x64 sp1
 
 

Thanks Brink.

The reason I ask about the copying of the users folders back to c:\users, is the post 4 posts above yours:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
This tutorial is far from perfect! You copy when logged on as another user. That other user that makes the files will be the owner of all files. Also permissions to files are lost. They will be default permissions so inhereted from parent. So most likely read and execute for standard users. and full control for administrators. Also junction points are not copied.

Maybe I didnt understand correctly, but I assume that what happens if I copy the profile folders using a "temp" admin account with windows copy.

Thats why asked about using the program Fast Copy, it has an option to copy ACL.

So is this definitely not necessary?

thanks again.
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02 Apr 2013   #189
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Nope, it's not needed.
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