Error "Invalid store path" during the LoadState process when you use the User State Migration Tool

Applies to: Windows 8 EnterpriseWindows 8 Enterprise NWindows 8 Pro

Symptoms


Assume that you are using the User State Migration Tool (USMT) to migrate user profiles to Windows 8 or Windows 7. When you run the LoadState command on the destination computer, you receive the following error message:
Invalid store path; check the store parameter and/or file system permissions
However, the path contains a valid migration store MIG file. 

Cause


This issue occurs because the migration store path that is specified in the LoadState command points directly to the location of the MIG file. However, it must point to the root folder instead.

Resolution


To resolve this issue, provide a path of the same folder level that was used in the scan state. Do not use the full path in the command. 

For example, if the MIG file is located at "C:\store\usmt\usmt.mig," the LoadState command should be pointed to "C:\store" as follows:
Loadstate.exe c:\store /auto

More Information


For more information, go to USMT 4.0: Cryptic messages with easy fixes.