Sunday, 16 February 2014

Windows 8.1 - won't upgrade if you move your profile directory

Yesterday I setup my computer user profile again after upgrading to Windows 8.1 from 8.0 as and got caught by a little issue where if you prefer to have your documents and profile on another disk and have it linked it essentially blocks Windows from upgrading. So I abandoned my NTFS symlink for re-pointing the various Libraries (which is apparently the way you are supposed to do this now). Anyway, I decided to just copy several chunks of settings from the AppData on an as needed basis across which has worked out rather well.

The biggest challenge I had was finding where all my application list went. I finally found the subtle arrow below the first column of icons that will give you your full "Programs" list. I must say I do like that they merged the search. It was driving me nuts typing in "settings" related commands and having to then click on the settings search to see them.

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