How to upgrade to Windows 8.1 on a machine with a Users folder on a separate drive?

Posted by ahsteele on Super User See other posts from Super User or by ahsteele
Published on 2013-10-20T07:24:43Z Indexed on 2013/11/10 10:01 UTC
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I tried to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. Unfortunately, during the upgrade process I receive the following error:

Sorry, it looks like this PC can't run Windows 8.1. This might be because the Users or Program Files folder is being redirected to another partition.

Which is accurate in that I have my Users directory on my D: drive and Windows installed on my C: drive. I do this because my C: drive is an SSD drive and D: drive is a spinning rust drive where I keep my data. Is it possible to upgrade to Windows 8.1 from a Windows 8 install with a redirected Users folder?

I do not consider a full reinstall of Windows 8 with a non-mapped Users folder and then upgrading that installation to be "upgrading."

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