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Refers to a location that is unavailable

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Windows 7 - 64 bit

I have a new computer that I'm trying to move the C:/Users folder on an SSD to my data drive (G:).  I have 2 computers and the first moved without issue.  The second is giving me problems.  I followed the instructions at http://lifehacker.com/5467758/move-the-users-directory-in-windows-7

When logging in, I get an error message:
C:\Windows\system32\config\systemprofile\Desktop refers to a location that is unavailable. It could be on a hard drive on this computer, or on a network.  .....

The steps to move were as follows:
Take a restore point.
Boot into system restore from disk and open a cmd line
robocopy /copyall /mir /xj [SSD]:\Users to [HD]:\Users
rmdir /S /Q [SSD]:\Users
mklink /J [SSD]:\Users [HD]:\Users

where [SSD] and [HD] refer to the appropriate drive letter

Any idea where I might be able to fix this.  I imagine there's a registry hack somewhere.
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While I can see that it would appear that the junction should work, why not just really move the profiles to another drive?

Why wouldn't you just do it like this?

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/87555-user-profile-change-default-location.html
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I ended up re-imaging the machine and got rid of the issue.  I'm still having problems with non-administrator profiles (they get logged off immediately after logging in), but I'm working this issue with MS.  Thank you for your suggestion.  :)
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In the future please delete the question before wasting the time of those answering questions.
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Accepted my own comment as I had already corrected the issue before SStory's response.
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