During my 3 month stay on Windows 8 for my Home Theater PC (HTPC), I was pleasantly happy with the system managing my home theater needs (Music, movies, tv shows, emulators, games), until today when I ran out of space on my main system partition. In an effort to migrate and free up space on the system partition (C:), I have decided to follow a tutorial that would migrate the Users folder to a different partition. Folders were moved and symbolic links were made to the system. Upon reboot, I was greeted by Windows prompting me with an error
“user profile service Service failed the log on. User profile can not be loaded.”
On top of this problem, I couldn’t even log into Windows 8 nor boot into safe mode post bios boot. As much as I enjoyed Windows 8 and want to keep it as my Operating System (OS) of choice for my HTPC, I cannot fathom the time lost if I decide to backup and repartition my hard drive to accommodate Windows 8 gluttonous demands. Frankly, I think Windows 7 might be the easier and lighter option in maintaining a Windows oriented HTPC. I have considered Linux as an option, but finding a way to harmoniously merge all of my emulators, music, games, videos into XBMC/Openelec is a tough deal to accomplish by today’s means. Heck, has anyone even found a way to make emulators (retroarch, pcsx2, dolphin, etc) work within XBMC on the Linux side?
For now, I will most likely install Windows 7 over 8, despite it being a step (or possibly 10 steps) back, but that will have to wait another time when I actually have free time again.