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Why is the Default User profile desktop different to the original profile I copied to "Default User"

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I used the system properties "User Profile" applet to copy "Freds" profile to the "Default User" profile.  I then logged on as a new user "Jim" which then created a new profile using the "Default User" settings.

Jims new profile is slightly different on the desktop.  All the icons are there, but they are jumbled up.  There is also an extra Internet Explorer icon on the task bar.

Where do these small changes come from.  Is it due to the "All users" profile adding its own changes?  If so, what should I do to ensure that it does not interfere with the "Default User" settings?
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Hi,

As for the jumbled up icons on your desktop it sounds like they need sorting, so can you look in the Desktop folder, sort by name or whatever you like and then make sure auto arrange is on. This might correct it.

I know as default on most Windows systems the IE icon is present as default so if you have added another IE icon/shortcut to the All Users Desktop profile this might be what's causing the duplications.
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by:Alistair7
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The icons were already nicely sorted in the original profile.  That's why I don't understand why they are now just piled up on the left side of the screen.  (Just like what used to happen under 98 frequently before I started using Iconoid)

Perhaps it is the existence of just one duplicate icon which results in all of them defaulting to the left side.  I know about auto-arrange etc.
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Any other comments from anyone??
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My experience with any version of windows from 95 - XP is that as default (and sometimes for no reason) windows sets the desktop icons up on the left hand side so I don't know if there's a way of changing this.

If you have a small user base you could go into each account and setup the icons as disired but this is obviously not an ideal solution.

Another thought and maybe the only way you'll achive what you're trying to do is a registry hack...Not sure of what but I have found a couple of things that might help.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_21109621.html

http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/1219
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by:Alistair7
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This idea of carefully preparing a user profile and then copying it to default with the system properties applet is important.  I need to know that what I copy is what I will see and get when opening a new account.  How can I achieve that? - without having to do further modifications afterwards?
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I'd value other input.
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Check your local computer policy. (gpedit.msc) there you can make changes that are across the "board" so to speak. That is where you can also get rid of the extra ie icon that you keep getting.
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Sorry for not allocating points sooner.
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