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I'm unable to log into Windows 7 after moving the Users folder via symlink. I used the command prompt in System Recovery to move the folder.

F:\ is my SSD which I want to move from, while C:\ Is the hard disk I want to move to.

I started by using robocopy to copy the entire users folder to another hard drive:

robocopy /copyall /mir /xj f:\Users c:\Users

Then I deleted the users folder:

rmdir /S /Q f:\Users

Then I used symlinks:

mklink /J f:\Users c:\Users

I checked that all was right by using the dir command in F:, and as expected it showed


When I try to log in to my only account, it shows:

The User Profile Service service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded.

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Have you checked the robocopy log for errors? – Robert Nov 17 '11 at 14:19
Have you tried using a (/D)irectory Symbolic Link (mklink default) instead of a (/J)unction? How about a (/H)ard Link? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Nov 17 '11 at 14:41
This is curious. I wonder why a symlink won't work here versus a Junction. – surfasb Nov 17 '11 at 18:19

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