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While the below approach worked for me, you should understand each step
before attempting it. You should take backups before attempting any system
change, especially one which involves moving data and editing your registry
I fully take responsibility for this fact, but it ate my Windows 8 install
alive, and I had a fun couple of hours trying to convince Windows to let me
even get into safe mode. (You have to enable it first, apparently,
probably worth everyone’s time to do this)
Reversing the steps (removing the NTFS junction and copying the files back) did
not fix my issue.
The most likely thing that went wrong was that the permissions on the Default
folder got messed up; once I finally got an Explorer window again, I was able
to reset these and my machine was a lot happier. I’m pretty sure that’s what
fixed it, anyway.
So, now that we’ve established that playing with NTFS junctions and
robocopy is quite dangerous, let me share the solution that actually worked
for me. I’m going to assume you haven’t followed the above steps and
half-wrecked your machine, just that you have a user on C: you want to move to
Create a new administrator user
While you’re doing this work, create a new administrator account - you don’t
want to move an account while it’s logged in, so this sacrificial account will
be the only one logged in while you do this. Other HOWTO’s that I’ve seen have
you boot to safe mode, re-enable the Administrator account, but this will
avoid that step.
Log everyone else out
You don’t want have anything else running on the machine, so log out of your
normal accounts and only have the new temporary administrator account you’ve
created logged in.