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Ratio

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Windows 8
« on: Oct 26, 2012, 01:50 PM »
So... I installed Windows 8 today. It ate my Users folder.

Except for (oddly enough) two folders:
..\Documents\My Games\Borderlands
..\Documents\My Games\Borderlands 2


It also didn't eat any application data, so even if I hadn't backed up beforehand, I would have only lost one set of things that I consider absolutely vital.

Anyway, fair warning. Back your shit up.


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Jafar

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Windows 8
« Reply #1 on: Oct 26, 2012, 01:56 PM »
My copy hasn't arrived yet, but I'm in the process of backing critical stuffs up to an external hard drive. UPS guy should be here within next couple of hours.


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Windows 8 SSD - Move Users folder
« Reply #2 on: Oct 26, 2012, 02:03 PM »
If you're stupid like me and always forget to move your Users folder when you're installing a Windows OS on an SSD...

You can get to the Windows 8 repair command prompt by going to Charms-> Settings -> Change PC Settings (at the bottom) -> General -> Advanced Startup -> Restart Now -> Troubleshoot -> Advanced Options -> Command Prompt

(Fuck Windows 8 for that, btw.)

Once you have the command prompt running, you need to figure out which drive is which because the drive letters may change. Find your System SSD drive and find your spindle drive that you want to move your Users directory to.

Assuming your SSD is C: and your spindle is D: (Please pay attention and substitute drive letters as appropriate.)

Step 1: Make sure your spindle drive doesn't already have a Users folder. If it does, rename it. I failed to do this the first time and I ended up with two different Users folder on the same drive. Windows isn't a big fan of two directories with the exact same name.

Step 2 Copy your folder:
> robocopy /copyall /mir /xj C:\Users D:\Users

Step 3: Make sure that no files failed to copy. If they did, you'll need to figure out why and find a way to copy all failures before proceeding. (There should be a report at the end of the robocopy spam with a column that says: 'Failed: 0')

Step 4 Get rid of your current Users folder on your System drive:
> rmdir /S /Q C:\Users

Step 5 Create a hard junction to your spindle drive:
> mklink /J C:\Users D:\Users

Close the command prompt and let your computer restart. That's it. No fiddling, no creating temp users, no registry hacks. It just works. Easy peasy.
« Last Edit: Oct 26, 2012, 02:15 PM by Ratio »
Happiness is when you play a game so well that people call you a hacker.

There are two types of people in the world, those who can extrapolate from incomplete information.

Jafar

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Re: Windows 8
« Reply #3 on: Oct 26, 2012, 07:53 PM »
So... I've installed Windows 8 and I'm playing around in it a little bit. Seems fine, I used the preview version a bit.

One issue I've got so far, though, is my headset. I use the Razer Maelstrom (Megalodon) headset, and it has it's own audio processing chip built in, and connects via USB. Because of that, it doesn't actually need drivers on the computer, it has its own firmware. Since I've installed Windows 8, it is no longer a recognized device, which I assume means that it doesn't support Windows 8 yet.

Haven't found a workaround at this point.

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Re: Windows 8
« Reply #4 on: Oct 26, 2012, 08:05 PM »
Bummer.

I haven't had any hardware issues. I did have to redo most of my sound routing--it tried to route everything to my USB headset by default. It didn't take long to get it split back up properly, though.

I'm especially happy with how they actually made using multiple monitors work. I got rid of DisplayFusion and WinSplit Revolution. My fingers still try to alt+ctrl numpad when I'm tossing windows around though.
Happiness is when you play a game so well that people call you a hacker.

There are two types of people in the world, those who can extrapolate from incomplete information.

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Re: Windows 8
« Reply #5 on: Oct 28, 2012, 02:20 PM »
I couldn't find a way to specify where apps should be installed, so I ended up moving the WindowsApps folder to my spindle as well. ( Default location: C:\Program Files\WindowsApps )

I used the same method as above, except you need quotation marks around anything with spaces in it. Like:

> robocopy /copyall /mir /xj "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps" "D:\Program Files\WindowsApps"

You also can't "see" the WindowsApps folders when you're in the command prompt, but you can cd into it to verify its existence and to double check that the copy has the proper contents before removing the first.
Happiness is when you play a game so well that people call you a hacker.

There are two types of people in the world, those who can extrapolate from incomplete information.

 

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