I have an issue when I edit the default user profile and I was hoping to get some advice on how to go about correcting my problem or suggestions on new ways to edit the ntuser.dat file itself. I normally go about editing the default user profile by logging in as a normal user, making changes to the account profile as needed and then using the User Account "Copy To" function to make the editing account profile my new default user profile. This works fine with things related to the profile such as folder structure and icons, but my trouble is with the ntuser.dat file. Some of the user specific information, such as all of the folder paths in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\NTUSER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders key are all routing to the normal user I logged in as.
For example, I log in as Wanda Forte and mess with the profile. Then I log in as an admin and use the Copy To function to make Wanda's profile the new Default User profile on the machine. But now, when I log in as Joe Shoe, my "My Documents" folder points to C:\Documents and Settings\Wanda.Forte\My Documents!!!
Is there a better way to edit the ntuser.dat file? The rest of the profile works great when I copy it, but its the darn things like this that screw it all up. This is beginning to really frustrate me. I'll completely do this a different way if I have to, any suggestions would greatly be appreciated. My goal is to find a way to make changes on the ntuser.dat file while keeping all settings generalized. I know my way around regedit enough to make slight changes but I can't create an entire default profile in regedit alone.
Thanks for your suggestions and advice in advance.