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How to Copy User Profiles in Vista?

Simple question how do you copy user profiles in Vista?

Typically in Windows XP you would go to System Properties then to the Advanced tab and user profiles. From there you could launch a utility to copy a users profile.

Typically I would log into a users new account to create the initial directories under documents and settings and then use this utility to copy their old accounts data tot he new account.

In Vista user accounts have been moved from documents and setting to a users folder. I figure that it would work the same way and you could point the data to one of these folders however this does not seem to work. Is there something I am missing? Has anyone done this sucessfully?
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
You could try creating a new one and copying the data as explained on this page:

http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/769495bf-035c-4764-a538-c9b05c22001e1033.mspx
Windows Help and How-To:  Fix a corrupted user profile
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Alan HendersonCommented:
Or you can use Windows Easy Transfer.
Start » All Programs » Accessories » System Tools  » Windows Easy Transfer.

User Accounts is the first option on the list of items to transfer from the old PC to the new (or vice versa).

Alan..
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Erik BjersPrincipal Systems AdministratorCommented:
Right click my computer and select properties
On the left select advanced system settings
Under the advanced tab click settings under user profiles
Select the profile you want and click copy

NOTE:  You may need to restart the computer and log on as a user other than the one you want to copy before you can copy

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Ryan_RCommented:
>>I figure that it would work the same way and you could point the data to one of these folders however this does not seem to work.<<
In regard to this aspect, have you tried right-clicking the folders (need to do this for each individual folder, ie Documents, Desktop, Favourites, etc) - selecting Properties, then clicking the Location tab? Use this tab to change where you want these folder to point to. I recommend that you DON'T create new empty folders before using this feature of Vista - it's easier if you just get Vista to create them and move the data accross.

In regards to copying the actual profile, try ebjers suggesstion.
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mltudorCommented:
Hi,
I tried ebjers suggestion and the "copy to" button is grayed out on my machine.  any suggestions?
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Erik BjersPrincipal Systems AdministratorCommented:
You can not be loged in as the user who's profile you are trying to copy.

If you need to set up a new temp admin account, reboot the computer, login as the new account you created, and then copy the profile.  Once you copy the profile you can delete the account you created.

eb
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mltudorCommented:
worked perfectly!  thx!
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Erik BjersPrincipal Systems AdministratorCommented:
As far back as I remember WIndows would not let you copy a profile if that profile had been used at all since the last time the computer was rebooted, I don't know the logic behind this... but I know it's the way it works.

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ShurafaAuthor Commented:
After some additional research it appears as though it was a permission issue. I was able to fix the problem by taking ownership of the old profile with the administrator account. Then when copying the profile to the newly created account make sure to Change the "Permitted to use to to EVERYONE".
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ShurafaAuthor Commented:
If someone can copy what I wrote in a format that will make sense to people who google I I will give them full credit for the question.
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Ryan_RCommented:
Your comment makes sense to me - am i detecting that you can't be bothered asking in CS to close this one?  :)

If so, welcome to the club. I usually just split points with a C grade and the experts are more than happy to accept it if you worked it out yourself (without the expert leading you in that directiion, of course).

I'm over the whole points thing - so feel free to still close this however you like.
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Computer101Commented:
PAQed with points refunded (500)

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ShurafaAuthor Commented:
Its not about the points. I found a solution that worked so I would like to be able to keep this question in my knowledge base. Like many users I often only look at the accepted answer when trying to solve an analogous issue. Thats why i want someone to copy what I wrote so that I can "accept" that solution.

 Also if the question is PAQ will it still show up in google results?
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Ryan_RCommented:
The moderators have the power to mark your comment as the "Accepted Answer" - but usually you have to ask in CS for this to happen. Since this question fell into the cleanup category then moderators accept their own comment as the answer as it's quicker for them.

It's not too late to ask in CS if you wanted a different result.
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