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Windows 7 Upgrade to Windows 10 but Users Folder on second drive

Q: Windows 7 Upgrade to Windows 10 but Users Folder on second drive

I want to upgrade before the deadline. However, I moved the users folder to a second drive. I don't know if I used a program which modified the registry or a sysprep script that I wrote. I had heard that one could upgrade without moving the folder back but I am not sure that is true. I tried to upgrade to win 10 but it did not complete. Any advice appreciated.

Do I run sysprep in reverse. Not sure how to do that.

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A: Windows 7 Upgrade to Windows 10 but Users Folder on second drive

Originally Posted by andrew124C41

I want to upgrade before the deadline. However, I moved the users folder to a second drive. I don't know if I used a program which modified the registry or a sysprep script that I wrote. I had heard that one could upgrade without moving the folder back but I am not sure that is true. I tried to upgrade to win 10 but it did not complete. Any advice appreciated.

Do I run sysprep in reverse. Not sure how to do that.

Probably the best thing to do right now, is download what you need, and throw in an empty drive, disconnect all other drives, and clean install W10, then use your W7 key to activate it once you get to the desktop. Also, skip checking for updates at the beginning of the install, because the servers are being hammered now, and you'll just sit there idle, while nothing happens.

If you must review the failure log, it can be found at

You'll need to show hidden system files to find it, and you'll need to copy it to someplace else in order to open it.

7:40 to go. No time to lose.

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When I did the Windows 7 install, I am not sure whether during sysprep or using something called Profile Re-locator, I moved the Users Folder from the C: OS drive to my second E: data drive.

I want to upgrade to Win 10 and have been putting it off.

I forgot how to move the users folder back prior to the upgrade.

A:Windows 7 Upgrade to Windows 10 but Users Folder Moved 2nd Drive


See if this tutorial helps:

How to Change the Default Location of User Folders in Windows 7 and Windows 8

When you are ready to upgrade, the equivalent tutorial for Windows 10 is here:

How to Move Users Profile Folder to another Location in Windows 10

Hope this helps,

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Being the impatient type, I decided to go for max performance(Minimun boot up and application start-up time) by adding a 300 GByte 10,000 hard drive as my Windows 7 boot and application drive. What I want to do is keep all data off this drive. Any suggestions on how I could re-direct Windows 7 Users Folders to one of my other RAID 0 drives?

A:Re-directing Windows 7 Users folder to another drive

You could try creating a hard link (MKLINK dos command) in the C:\Users directory for each user. I have no idea how stable this would be, though. You should probably start with just creating a symlink for one particular folder, like the documents folder.

mklink /j "c:\users\user\My Documents" d:\wherever
It might work, and then again it might not work. Give it a try.

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I took out my Windows 7 boot drive and put it inside of a USB enclosure and when I try and go to my profile, I can't open Users folder on other computer. I don't have an administrator account on this other computer. Is there any way to open up the folder? Any tips?

It just says access denied when I try and open it up on a windows xp computer with no ADMIN privileges (I can't get admin on this computer). On a XP computer that has admin it opens fine. I figured since I actually wasn't using the OS that was on the drive I wouldn't have any trouble reading any folders on it (but I guess that because it's NTFS there are more security measures, unlike FAT32 which would let anybody read anything).

Would I just need to open up the folder on a computer with admin and then copy the things over while I still have admin?

Thanks for any / all help.

A:Put Windows 7 drive in USB enclosure and can't open Users folder on other computer

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Microsoft announced recently that Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users have until July 29, 2016 to exercise their option to upgrade their systems to Windows 10 for free

Effective July 29, 2016, Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users will have to purchase the Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft

Microsoft's goal is to help our customers get the most secure and best version of Windows before the promotional offer expires on July 29

Effective immediately, customers on Windows 7 SP1, and Windows 8.1 whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept 'Recommended' updates may start seeing the below notification even if they have not previously reserved the Windows 10 upgrade

If the customer does not cancel or reschedule, by default the upgrade will install at the scheduled time


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Microsoft announced recently that Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users have until July 29, 2016 to exercise their option to upgrade their systems to Windows 10 for free  Effective July 29, 2016, Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users will have to purchase the Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft  Microsoft's goal is to help our customers get the most secure and best version of Windows before the promotional offer expires on July 29  Effective immediately, customers on Windows 7 SP1, and Windows 8.1 whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept 'Recommended' updates may start seeing the below notification even if they have not previously reserved the Windows 10 upgrade  If the customer does not cancel or reschedule, by default the upgrade will install at the scheduled time 

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Microsoft announced recently that Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users have until July 29, 2016 to exercise their option to upgrade their systems to Windows 10 for free  Effective July 29, 2016, Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users will have to purchase the Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft  Microsoft's goal is to help our customers get the most secure and best version of Windows before the promotional offer expires on July 29  Effective immediately, customers on Windows 7 SP1, and Windows 8.1 whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept 'Recommended' updates may start seeing the below notification even if they have not previously reserved the Windows 10 upgrade  If the customer does not cancel or reschedule, by default the upgrade will install at the scheduled time. 

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Starting today, current users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will be able to reserve a free upgrade to Windows 10 once the operating system is released in a few months' time. And yes, the free upgrade will give you...

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A:Microsoft lets Windows 7 and 8.1 users reserve free upgrade to Windows 10

DirectX 12 here we come. Oh yeah!

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The ultimate malware!
Microsoft has admitted that it is blocking Windows 7 and 8 updates on Intel’s seventh generation Core i3, i5, Qualcomm’s 8996 and other processors to ‘force’ users upgrade to Windows 10, a media report said....Intel Skylake processors will also not be supported on Windows 7 and 8 from July. Therefore, its users will have to upgrade to keep the updates coming.
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This is absurd! 

A:Microsoft is forcing Windows 7 and 8 users to upgrade to Windows 10

In their defense, this policy was announced OVER A YEAR AGO, so that anyone purchasing a system in the interim should have been aware of what would be happening:http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/virus-spyware/f/3522/t/19668740

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Hi all,
I recently had a forced upgrade of windows 8.1 and now when Im looking for my windows.old folder from when I had windows 7, the users folder is no longer available therefore my work is missing from that folder. I can't seem to locate any of my old stuff.
Any help appreciated

A:Windows.old folder Users

Did the setup ever mention keeping your files, programs, etc?
Also what do you mean by "forced upgrade"?

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I accidentally set a security permission for my account so that the system had no access to the folder, when I restarted the computer it made a new user that basically started from scratch, I changed the permission of the folder back to the way it was but I have no idea how I can tell windows that this folder is a user that I want to use.

I tried to make a new use and copy all the info from the old folder into the new but there were so many IE files that would not copy it became not worth it.

Is there a registry setting I can just point to the old folder and have everything back to the way it was??


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HP sells dual drive desktop computers with Windows 10 and a small SSD and large mechanical drive.  It would make sense to segregate the Users folders to the large drive and save the SSD for applications.  This is not how mine was delivered.  Everything was on the SSD.   I needed to get the USERS folder to the large drive to be most efficient.   Level 1 HP support was not helpful and level 2 support was going to charge me to fix this problem, so I went searching the internet. All the internet solutions I tried failed in one way or another resulting in me doing a complete OS reset 12 times over the weekend (20 hours). Fortunately, this is a brand new computer and has no files or applications on it.  The BEST solution is to move the USERS folder from the SSD to the larger mechanical drive.  You cannot just copy and paste it (too bad).  This requires changes be made during a Clean Install of Windows 10 according to directions at the following website: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1964-users-folder-move-location-windows-10-a.html You will lose all of the HP software, but it wasn't very helpful anyway.  After reading countless web pages of advice and trying many of them, this is definitely the best solution. Method 1 is the only one that works.  Method 2 no longer works because :attend:  files included in the current build of windows 10 now have other  :attend: files that compete with t... Read more

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Whenever I share other folders, I can't access them on my tablet, only except for the Users folder which is shared by default, the others give me "you don't have permission blah blah" I'm frustrated with windows :\ plz help

A:Windows only allows me to share Users folder

I find it strange that your "Users" folder is shared by default, it isn't on my computer. What app are you using to connect to the shared folders? I have two apps for my Android devices, ES File Explorer by ES APP Group and another called File Manager (Explorer) by Cheetah mobile. Both apps have the option to input a username and password to access shares, the lack of one gives you "Insufficient Permissions".

If you do use a Username and Passowrd to connect to the shares then it may be that the User Account you are using does not have permissions to access the shares, if you are a basic user (not an Administrator) then you only get permissions to Read & Execute, List Folder Contents and Read.

However I see you're using Windows 7 Enterprise, this is usually used in Educational Facilities such as schools, colleges and Universities, and as such is usually heavily locked down to stop people fiddling with things they shouldn't be, if this is the case then you have no chance of being able to set the permissions so you can look at the shares you create.

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Can anyone please tell me how to relocate the windows 7 users folder from the c: drive (system volume) to a physically separate e: drive. I found an answer to this once and have now lost it and a google search has not yielded the right answer. I have all my data on the e: drive of my pc from when I used the windows 7 release candidate. Now I have installed the full professional licence I need the logon screen to be able to access these user accounts on e: , and any new user accounts to be created on this drive too.

A:relocating the windows 7 users folder

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Hey Guys!

I know this has been brought up time after time but I've read several threads and it seems like the approach is slightly different depending on the computer configuration. If anyone has time to give me some basic guidance I'd be most appreciative! I'll try to supply all the info requested on other similar threads to make this easier.

Here is my current configuration (feel free to laugh at how full my drives are!):

Scenario: I bought a new SSD (DISK 0) and installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 on it. I left the old copy of Windows 7 on the original system drive (DISK 3) in case any of the programs I use for work had problems when re-authorising licenses etc. that way I could just go back to my old setup to get work done.

Before installing Windows 7 on the SSD I switched the hard drives around physically, I put the SSD on DISK 0 and the old system drive on DISK 3. I'm 95% sure I had the old system drive (DISK 3) connected when I installed Windows 7 onto the new SSD (DISK 0).

Basically I want to:

1) Remove the old Windows folder on DISK 3. I've taken ownership of it as per this tutorial but I must be doing something wrong as now it's telling me I need permission from myself?

2) Remove the old Windows folder on DISK 3. Same issue as with the Windows folder.

3) Remove the 'System Reserved' partition (G) from DISK 3. I think I know how to do this but I'm not sure if it's safe to do so with my setup. How do I check if my boot files are on DISK 0 where they shou... Read more

A:Help removing old Windows & Users folder without breaking anything!

You need to set G: inactive and see if C: will boot. It should. If not just run your disc to do a startup repair.

You should be able to delete it then.

By the way, all this should be done using a partition wizard boot cd. Safer, Easier, Faster.


You can`t move your files over to the backup 931 gig temporarily ?

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I need some advice, maybe I have gone brain-dead.

I am running Windows 8.1 Pro
I have all my contacts, plus several groups of contacts set up in the Contact folder located in the Users folder.
I assume as Contacts and Outlook are both standard in Windows 8.1 that they will naturally interface with each other, however so far I have failed with this.

I have also failed to get Office 2010 Outlook to read direct from the contact folder, however I have a version of Windows Mail (as used in Vista) reading / using from the contacts perfectly

My question is, what am I doing wrong. how do I get Outlook.com to read from this folder?

Thanks in advance

A:Windows 8.1 Contacts in Users file/ folder

Hello Syd,

Outlook uses it's own separate contacts, but you should be able to use the method below to import the contacts from your "C:\Users\(user-name)\Contacts" folder into Outlook.

Outlook 2010 - Import Windows Contacts - Windows 7 Help Forums

Hope this helps,

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Since re-installing Windows 7, I can't open the Users folder on my other data drive.

The green bar goes almost to the end of the X, then freezes. I've tried leaving it for a couple hours and it's still in the same spot.

I've tried disabling the thumbnails and indexing is disabled, still the same.

Anyone have any ideas?

Thanks for your time.

A:Can't access users folder since re-installing windows.

Hello micdoodle8. Welcome to the forum.

The USERS folder is usually created by the OS during installation on the same drive (usually C: ) as the OS. I will bet you have a Users folder on C: right now. Which would mean you now have 2? That could confuse the OS.

Did you redirect the Users folder to D: on your previous OS installation?

Or did you manually create this folder and just name it Users?

Always helpful if we can see what is going on. Can you post screenshots of an expanded Windows Explorer and Disk Management?

Do you have files you need to retrieve from that folder?

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Here is an article that Microsoft now included the free upgrade for Windows XP users:

A:Windows 10 upgrade for XP users too

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This coming "Patch Tuesday", January 12, will represent the last batch of updates for Windows 8.   After that, it is considered End-of-Life, and no longer supported.   So any Win8 users should upgrade to [at least] Win 8.1... and if you wish, to Win 10.
Those still clinging to Windows Vista can count on more than a year of security updates, until April 11, 2017, and anyone running Windows 7 can do so with confidence until January 14, 2020.  Windows 8.1 reaches the end of its Extended Support phase on January 10, 2023.

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Hi Everyone,

I am getting an SSD drive & going to be doing a fresh install of Windows 7. While I understand the process of configuring your system for usage of the drive (unplug the other drives so the SSD is only one connected while installing, turning off prefetch, etc).

The part I'm confused with is how to move the users folder so it defaults to the "D" drive. I get I can "Move" the folder, Add the "Location" or do the "robocopy" method & create a junction.

Is there a proper method of what to do about the users folders?


A:Windows 7 fresh install on SSD - Question about users folder.


Please see the section entitled Move the user folders to the HDD in this tutorial:

SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

This is also a good reference for installation to SSD's:

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation


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I want to prevent users from accessing share folders after typing the IP Address and press Enter it should popup an error message not after the users be able to see all those shared folders and when they click on the shared folder it receive an error message like access denied.

So far I have set NTFS and Share folder permission but doesn't work for the URL bar with IP Address, however it works fine when users click on the shared folder.

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Hello everyone,

I have a 2TB drive that is split into 2 partitions, Partition A has a fresh install of Win 7 Ultimate on it, Partition B is a copy of all the info from my old hard drive. For some reason the Windows 7 install Users folder with all the data in it is being copied to the Windows\Documents & Settings\ folder of the old data. Also another weird thing is if I delete any of the mirrored files from Partition B x:\Windows\Documents & Settings\XXXX on they will also be removed from Partition A's x:\Users\XXXX. Its driving me a little crazy, if anyone knows what could be happening please let me know whats going on. One more thing, I have unmounted Partition B to see if the files are sym linked from Partition A, but it doesn't seem like the folders are sym linked as the files still accessible while Partition B is unmounted. One more thing is that the only data being replicated is the Primary User account and everything that resides in it.

A:Windows 7 duplicating Users folder on a separate partition

In Windows 7 Documents and Settings became a virtual folder.

Usually, if you will try to open C:\Documents and Settings will be redirected to C:\Users. It is not the only one. Another example would be Application Data. If some application will try to install some files to th folder C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application Data\ it will be redirected to C:\Users\User1\AppData\Roaming\. This was made for compatibilty purposes.

Now, what happened in your case is something weird. It was not a clean install, there was an old installation, something got messed up on the way, I guess.

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I just detected in my Windows' users' folder an user we don't have at home: wangzhisong
I checked in Internet and it looks like that it can be a virus or something similar. After running AVG and Avira rescues CDs to clean up my machine this folder still exists and I'm not sure if my computer is clean. What can I do? Thanks!
Kind regards

A:I detected the user wangzhisong in my Windows' users' folder

Hi, Frank;
If the folder is empty, it is to be hoped that the problem is gone. However, I would recommend downloading and using Malware Bytes as it goes a little deeper into malware as well as viruses. Although I like AVG, it doesn't always find everything. If MB doesn't find anything, and you find your pc running slower than usual or having unusual errors, it might be necessary to run some other programs and/or tests that others here would have more expertise with.
Good Luck!

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I found wangzhisong in my Windows' users' folder. I got this computer December 9, 2013. It says that the last date modified was December 10, 2013. So apparently it's been on there since the day after I got it? My computer has been running fine. I had AVG Internet Security 2014 free trial for 30 days and it never detected anything. Now I have Norton 360 free 30 day trial and it has never detected anything. What should I do?

A:I found wangzhisong in my Windows' users' folder. Am I infected?

Hello KM... Do these and let me kow if the folder still exists after.Please download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it.Checkmark the following checkboxes:Flush DNSReport IE Proxy SettingsReset IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsReset FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Users, Partitions and Memory size.Click Go and post the result (Result.txt). A copy of Result.txt will be saved in the same directory the tool is run.Note: When using "Reset FF Proxy Settings" option Firefox should be closed.Download TDSSKiller and save it to your desktop.Extract (unzip) its contents to your desktop.Open the TDSSKiller folder and doubleclick on TDSSKiller.exe to run the application, then on Start Scan.If an infected file is detected, the default action will be Cure, click on Continue.If a suspicious file is detected, the default action will be Skip, click on Continue.It may ask you to reboot the computer to complete the process. Click on Reboot Now.If no reboot is require, click on Report. A log file should appear. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.If a reboot is required, the report can also be found in your root directory (usually C:\ folder) in the form of TDSSKiller_xxxx_log.txt. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here....ADW CleanerPlease download AdwCleaner by Xplode and save to your Desktop.Double-click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.... Read more

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My laptop was getting BSoDs. I tried a system recovery but after it failed, I brought it to a computer shop where they tried three more reinstalls of Windows 7, and Vista to try fix it. I have four Windows.old files - Windows.old, Windows.old.000, Windows.old.001, Windows.old.002. I want to restore the files from my documents from my first version of Windows 7 but there are no files in the My Documents folder in Windows.old. Is it possible to recover the files.
Thanks in advance.

A:Restore Users folder from Windows.old after multiple system recoveries

Hello Nigel,

Double check in each of the four Windows.old folders to see if one of them may contain the files. In addition, check to see if you have either C:\$INPLACE.~TR or C:\WINDOWS.~Q folders, and check to see if the files are in them.

Once you have what you wanted to recover, you could use the tutorial below to delete the four Windows.old folders to regain the HDD space they are taking up.

Windows.old Folder - Delete

Hope this helps,

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Hi all,

I have seen this question raised on a few occasions but never found the solution. I have redirected users folders such as my documents, favorites etc and its all working fine. The only problem is the users files/personal folders shortcuts you can add to the start menu and to the desktop. Whats happening is the folders go to the users folder (root) and then below that you can see all folders such as my docs etc which is fine - unless someone saves a file in there. If they do and then they go to thier home directory the file which the think they have saved in there isnt there as its in the personal folder directory.

First image shows the shortcut which then takes you to image 2 location, which ideally I would like to point to image 3\My documents - these are attached.

As I say the redirects are working fine for My Docs etc its just these personal folders\links which I am having problems with.

Appreciate your help - thanks.

A:Windows 7 folder redirects - working, but problems with the users file

Hi. Welcome to Seven forums.

Not sure I understand exactly what you are trying to achieve, but I'll do my best to offer some suggestions. Hopefully they will be of use to you. If I'm on the wrong track, sorry for the inconvenience.

There are three ways that I can think of off the top of my head to redirect folder locations. Each have their various pros and cons.

1. By editing the "shell folders" and "user shell folders" entries in the registry. There are some tools around to do this, and a couple of the entries can be modified by changing the properties from within explorer, but this is not very throrough.

2. Using Symbolic links and junctions (mklink)

3. By creating shortcuts.

How did you redirect your folders?

I wonder if perhaps libraries might also assist in achieving your goal, given their ability to include multiple locations in one folder view?

I have always found changing the shell folder entries in the registry to be most effective and reliable. Kind of makes everything automatic without the need for extra objects like links and shortcuts.

Doing it this way, the folders on c:\users\... become totally redundant. I actually redirect mine to my server personal folder, so when I reinstall my computer I don't have to worry about backups etc.

Does this sound like what you're trying to achieve (server location not withstanding)?


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Windows 8 Pro for $39.99 after $30 Amazon Credit


How are you guys liking Windows 8 so far?

A:Windows users... will you upgrade to Windows 8?

Well, I always upgrade my soft wares the moment that a new version is released, BUT upgrading Windows IMMEDIATELY?

I think not. That's because if you can still do all your tasks properly and efficiently on your version of Windows, why consider upgrading? Aren't we all after usability?

My point is, if your PC (Windows OS) is capable enough to cope with your needs, don't replace it, because it'll take time before one can familiarize his self with new comers.(that is, Windows 8)

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I know that I have to do a clean install, but microsoft has the upgrade priced at $50 and the full priced at $200. Can a person running the RC use the cheaper upgrade pricing?

A:Is the windows 7 upgrade pricing avaliable for RC users

Quote: Originally Posted by Conspiracy3

I know that I have to do a clean install, but microsoft has the upgrade priced at $50 and the full priced at $200. Can a person running the RC use the cheaper upgrade pricing?

Yes, but you need to do some editing of the cversion.ini file and have a RC key. there are several threads here at SF that have explained how. You should do a search for upgrade vs clean.

Hope this helps


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So my brother got a new vista laptop recently and it came with a paper saying he can upgrade to Windows 7 for free.
So i go on HP's site (he got a pavilion), and i come across the page where i place my order. But then i find this:

It says it costs 30 euros! I thought it was meant to be free!? 30 euros isnt much anyway but thats not the problem, my problem is also that i cant pay online becuase i dont have paypal or a credit card!

Isnt it meant to be free? Or is that the shipping cost?

A:Windows 7 free upgrade for vista users

I would call HP and ask them ... though it doesnt sound like a free upgrade to me...

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I read this article earlier this morning and decided to pass it on.


I'm sure other articles about it have been released by now.


A:Microsoft Still Trying To Force Windows 10 Upgrade On Users

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just find on the Internet , the News that Microsoft forces users to upgrade to Windows 10

A:Microsoft forces users to upgrade to Windows 10

Yes, I`ve been a victim! I got the countdown message a week ago and ignored it and ten minutes later, I`m on a website and all of a sudden my laptop stops what it`s doing and downloads Windows 10! So not being too techie, I decided why not, let it download. I never wanted Windows 10 (was happy using Windows 7) but noticed that it was becoming prone to infection and sites popping up that I had to clear from my vaults using my Microsoft Security.

I have to say, since the download, my laptop is faster, the security (Windows Defender) is better and after getting used to the features and finding my way around, I`m actually liking it. I thought it was the big bad wolf that had to be avoided, but I`ve been pleasantly surprised and it cost me nothing! So can`t complain. I can`t say everyone will love it as I`m just a basic internet user, so anyone far more techie than I am may not agree, but the new browser `Microsoft Edge` is faster too. So yes, liking it so far. Still have a few niggles I need to sort out but apart from that, I`m happy to go with it.

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Although I'm not a Windows 8 user, I've been reading about the 8.1 upgrade.

Microsoft has been inundated with complaints and is supposedly addressing the issues.

Here are a few articles:






A:Windows 8.1 Upgrade Causing Problems For Many Users

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Hey guys,

This is my first time posting, but it's a doozy. I built a computer for the first time about a year ago, and was able to get everything up and running just fine. My main hard drive is an SSD, and I used robocopy / symlink to copy my users folder to a different drive with more space, and to create a junction to it from the SSD.

This setup has been fantastic 99.9% of the time - however - Shortly after getting everything working I ran into this problem while installing software and was able to fix it after a week long freak out and lots of obsessive research....but it's happened again (installing the same software) and for the life of me I cannot remember or find any information that I used previously.

I started to install all of my 3D software (I am a 3D Designer and use Maya / 3DS Max, etc.) While installing VRay for Maya, I start getting errors that windows can't connect to my Users folder. I minimize my windows and nothing on my desktop will open. Upon reboot, I am informed that my User Profile Service won't let me login.

Troubleshooting so far:

I used safe mode to login, and of course everything on my desktop was gone. I used system recovery to the most recent date, which allowed me to login, however my desktop / users folder is still missing. I ran a registry fixer and found all kinds of errors, "fixed" them, then I couldn't login again. Recovered again, booted from my windows 7 CD and attempted to move my actual ... Read more

A:Windows can't find users folder / User Profile Service can't Login

1. Welcome to Tech Support Guy

2. On reading your post - and I did so three times, the first thing that jumped out at me was
I ran a registry fixer and found all kinds of errors, "fixed" them, then I couldn't login again.Click to expand...

You can run most registry fixes on a computer with a clean install of windows and they will find errors.
The problem is 99.9% of the time, they are NOT errors, they are simply errors that the program considers exist.
It is accepted by many people that registry fixes should not be installed and again many of them will sooner or later cause more problems than EVER they solve.

I do appreciate that this is probably NOT what you wanted to read in response, but it would be remiss of me if I did not warn you of the situation.

3. NOW to the actual problem
As far as I know, there is no sure fire way of moving a user profile in its entirety to a different drive, than that which it was originally installed on.
YOU can of course establish a new account and move the personal data from the corrupted user account OR you can move simply the personal data to another location

HOWEVER please see below

By changing the default location of the user profile directories or program data folders to a volume other than the System volume, you will not be able to service your Windows installation. Any updates, fixes, or service packs will fail to be applied to the installation. Microsoft does not recommend that you change the loca... Read more

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When I first installed Windows 7 several years ago, I moved my ProgramData and Users folders to my standalone drive, kept my Program Files and Windows on my RAID-0/SSD. It's been great to me, separating my RAID-0 SSDs from my data and no issues at all.

But now with Windows 10 coming, it seems that I'm stuck, and this set up can't perform in-place upgrades, which Gabe Aul says it's a requirement to get the free Windows 10. I know for starters Windows 8 and beyond does not play nice with a relocated ProgramData, even with junctions.

So what should I do now? Should I just clean re-install Windows 7 for the upgrade? I've already moved most of my data out of the Users folder and reconfigured my libraries. I also thought of doing an offline robocopy move and edit the entire registry to modify it back to C:, but a quick search in the registry seems the work is going to be tedious.

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

I would say don`t upgrade to Windows 10

Why do you want to ruin your perfect setup ?

Why do you think you`re stuck ?

You don`t have to install 10 if you don`t want to.

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How shall users upgrade to free Windows 10 after July 29, 2016 if they need to reinstall OS? What should they prepare for reinstallation of Windows 10 in the future, creating a copy or what else? Thank you for your answer.

A:How shall users upgrade to free Windows 10 after July 29, 2016?

If you upgraded and activated Win10 before the free offer expires on 29 July 2016, you can re-install any time. You'll need Win10 install media, which you can download from MS.
See: Windows 10 ISO Download

If you did NOT upgrade and activate before the deadline, you will have to buy a Full Packaged Product (FPP), also known as Retail.

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I'm looking at getting a solid state HD to put Windows boot files on. 120Gb ones look 'reasonable' these days at around ?150.
Although I have 4 x 500Gb at the moment, my Photos and Games are on separate drives, but my Windows drive is using around 160Gb mainly because my User folder is there with Documents, Music, etc.
Can this be relocated? If so, how?

A:Can Users Folder Be Put on Different Drive?

Hello Imacken,

This can help show you how to.

User Profile - Change Default Location

Hope this helps,

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   We have windows 2008 r2 domain controller and Windows 7 Pro clients. There is a requirement that user perform some run on software and software generate test file / result which are save on local D drive, now we need to assign permission that
domain users can read. write, modify, create new files/folder on d drive but do not rename or delete files/folders. For that i set following permission on d drive:
Full control for domain admin, local administrator, system
for domain users allow modify, deny delete and delete subfolder and files 
Owner of the d drive is domain administrator
After that user can read files but at the time of saving files the error is "you dont have suffieceint permission to modify files on this location" and o kb file created but if user try to save second time than the file will save on that same location
So  user need to save files two time and one file created with 0 kb. 
Please suggest a solution. Thank you.

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Hello, I want to know if there is a way to create a new user which Users directory won't be in C:/. The idea is , i have a 60G SSD and a second hdd. When i install games ( ex Sims ) even if i install in D:/(second drive which is a normal hdd) he still writes some files to C:/ where i need to put some other things like addons and stuff which are a bit large.

A:How do i move USERS folder to another drive

User Folders - Change Default Location

BTW, is the thread solved before I replied ?

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Hi there,

I'm running Win 7 Home Prem 64, I attached my old C drive to retrieve some files from the USERS folder but it's not showing, I've tried a few things to take ownership of the drive etc but it's still not there. Anyone know how to solve this?


A:Old drive 'USERS' folder not found

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

Screenshot tools.
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I want to move the users folder from C: to D:.

i read, on another forum, that this could be done like so...
Lets imagine you have a PC with 3 accounts.
One is a plain admin account, (administrator) another is an account you have created for the move (adminmove) and the other is a boggo ussr account (user)
Shut down PC (important)
Fire up PC, log on as administrator. Run regedit and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
Change profilesdirectory to the new location. Any new users will now have their profiles go there.
go to your documents and settings folder. copy the adminmove and user folders to the new location. You will not get errors about files being locked UNLESS you have services using any of these user accounts to log on. To find out if you do go start>run>services.msc and make sure the log on as section uses no user accounts there.
Leave the S-15-18, S-15-19 and S-15-20 subkeys alone. Those profiles take up next to no space and I wouldn't risk changing them.
You will see some S-15-XX-blah subkeys. These are for the user accounts that exist on the computer. Within each key is a ProfileImagepath REG_EXPAND_SZ
Change these for all but the account you are logged on as.
Shutdown and restart the PC. Log on as adminmove.
type set and make sure the USERPROFILE shows the new location.
Move the administrator folder from documents and settings to the new location. Go into regedit again and change the pro... Read more

A:moving the 'Users' folder from c: to another drive

i guess you're better off creating a user folder yourself and leave the registry alone.
Just assign your folder as user default folder, leave the original intact.

You are going in at the deep end here.

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The Windows 10 upgrade has been downloading since last year (by 56 Kbps phone modem).  Broadband will not be availabe untill 2020 (Verizon).  BITC4F8.tmp has 2.56 GB (2,758,186,330 bytes); the size of the file has not changed in months; each time
the computer is connected to the internet a new day and time date shows up on the file; making it appear as if it had just been updated that day. 

The upgrade shows up in the Windows Update optional updates.  The critial updates do not download unless all of the optional update boxes are unchecked; once the critial updates and optional updates are downloaded the upgrade box checkes itself. 
The upgrade does not release bandwidth; it acts like a virus keeping browsers from working (This is being sent by a different computer).   The computer is set up to receive all updates; and before the upgrade was started the automatic updating
worked; all of the browsers worked.
The Microsoft Community Forum said to download the ISO file.  Do I delete the $Windows.~WS folder to stop the upgrade to Windows 10?  Or is there a way to force the Windows 10 installation; because it appears that it has been downloaded?
This other computer can not be used to start the ISO file downloading; because if the same virus effect were to start, a factory reinstall of the VISTA operating system would have to be done to remove the virus of the download.

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Is there a method to link my entire C:/users folder to another drive with out the need to reinstall anything and have things work perfectly as the way they were? What I want is all the read and writes to be done on another drive.

A:Is there a way to link my entire C:/users folder to another drive?

This should help you out,

User Folders - Change Default Location

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I've brought a hard drive docking station, and I want to make my old hard drive an external one. I'm trying to delete the "windows" folder and the "program files" folder but it jut wont do it! i've tried changing the file permissions/ownership but with no avail!

please can someone tell me how to do it.


p.s I dont want to format it. even though thats probably the easiest way I have folders i want to keep.

A:how to delete windows folder and program folder on old hard drive

Formatting is the best way to clean off the old windows directory.
Copy the data you want to keep to the new drive first

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Windows Vista x86 and Windows 7 x86 users in Catch 22 situation trying to restore systems!
During Factory Restore of Vista x86, upgrade of Vista x86 to Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1, or install of Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1 and validating install online, Windows Update fails after mandated update.
Unable to manually download requisite updates due to "Browser our of date" error from Microsoft Support website!
Downloads only available from Support.Microsoft.com website

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Hi, I'm going to perform a clean OS install, and this time I want to create the Users folders on a separate drive to my OS and Programs folders. I've read through the site tutorial on this and though I think I can do it, I'd like to confirm something.

When comes time to enter the script for the System Preparation Tool, my entry in line 4 'processor architecture' will be Intel64, not AMD64? My processor is an Intel I7. Is that exactly how I should type it?

Also, I can copy that script to a thumb drive and copy it off there during installation?


A:Clean install, creating Users folder on another drive, advice please

I didn't get far. At 'Where do you want to install Windows' I get the message 'windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an mbr partition table. On efi systems windows can only be installed on GPT disks.'
I have had Windows 7 installed on the disk up until a few minutes ago. What has changed?
Should I begin another thread for this issue?

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Not knowing it would cause problems for me later, I setup a home built computer with a symbolic link for the Users folder from my SSD drive (system drive C) to Drive D. When I found I couldn't update to Windows 8.1 I did some research and discovered I should not have used this method for moving the Users folder and I need to move it back first in order to update.

After doing some research, I decided to follow the knowledge base article found at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2876597 as my guide to move it back to the system drive. I have started this process and I'm part way through but I have encountered a problem that I can't figure out how to solve.

I booted into safe mode with a command prompt and deleted the symbolic link on my C drive. I followed the instructions in the article to use robocopy to copy the Users folder from my D drive to my system drive but it fails because some system files (like ntuser.dat) can't be copied (presumably because they contain the system info for the account I'm logged into so I am locked out).

I'm not really sure how to get around this and I don't think I'd be able to reboot and get into my system right now unless maybe I recreate the symbolic link from the system drive to d:\users.

Any advice or links to an article with steps I can follow would be greatly appreciated.



A:Moving Users folder back to system drive to update to 8.1

I did the same thing. You need to boot to a Command Prompt from your Windows Install disc. This is the tutorial I used to move Users off of C: and I just reversed it to move it back, deleting the link and using robocopy as you mentioned.

Move the Users Directory in Windows 7

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