How do I migrate Files and Settings for a user from their windows 2000 pc to another windows 2000 pc

Posted on 2005-05-12
Last Modified: 2010-04-14

I need to replace a users W2k pc with another W2k pc and I need to migrate their environment (desktop icons, ie settings, office macros, file type mappings - all the things that make up their look and feel they are used to) over to the new w2k pc.

I have done a similar migration sucessfully for another user going from W2k to XP using the XP wizard tool called  "Files and Settings Transfer Wizard" tool.  This worked perfectly and copied all files that only MS would know that make up a users environment.

So, I need an equivalent Wizard tool or cmd-line tool that will migrate from w2k to w2k for me.  

I toyed with w2k's "briefcase" and "syncronizing" but it is too hard and there are too many hidden/unknown files I would need to migrate.  If you look at the XP xfer wizard- there are 100's of files known only to MS.

So I need some equivalent tool, but cannot seem to locate anything. Help!

Any help would be great!
Question by:ADX39655
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    You can NOT be logged in as the user you want to copy, because the NTUSER.DAT file will be loaded up as the HKCU hive.  Provided you are logged in as a different user (with admin rights), simply copy the folder under 'C:\Documents and Settings' that corresponds with the username.

    You could do it from a command line like so:

    xcopy "C:\documents and settings\SOMEUSER\" "\\NEWPC\C$\Documents and Settings\"  /H /O /E /K /I

    That should do the trick. (I think)

    Good luck,
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    by:Nick Sui
    That's an easy task if you follow the steps: -

    Migrate a user profile in 7 easy steps Posted on Wednesday, October 06, 2004 10:22 AM
    (though it really works well)

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    I guess I should have mentioned that using my way shown above requires that you already have an account created on the NEWPC, and that the username corresponds with the account on the old pc.  On a stand-alone PC you have to create the account manually.
    If it's on a domain, simply logon as that user's domain account in order to automatically create their settings on the new pc.


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