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How to copy IE settings to a different user account?

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I signed onto winxp pro via the Administrator account.. made many changes on the settings of Internet explorer e.g. caching, homepage-on-open, clear cookies after closing browser etc etc.

I have another user account set up on the same machine. How do i export/copy  the above settings to the user account which is not an 'administrator'? ...so i don't have to go through the lengthy process of re-setting the same behavior of IE.

Same goes for Firefox.
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by:ArtieG
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Eriklee,

What I have done in the past to move these things over, though I am not positive that every setting is moved over properly....

Navigate to your C:\Documents and Settings Folder and select the user you made changes for
NOTE: Make sure you are showing hidden folders for this next part.
Navigate into Application Data Folder (Hidden)

From here you will see all the different folders for different elements of software. Copy the folder(s) you need over to the Application Data of the users you want to have these settings.

Make sure to verify that the settings do copy over though, as some settings may not migrate.

- Artie
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theric76 earned 500 total points
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You can use Windows XP integrated Files and Settings Transfer Wizard (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/expert/crawford_november12.mspx) to duplicate settings..

Another way is
1) If needed create the new user account, then use it almost once to create the profile in C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME
2) Create another administrator user (you will delete it later), we will call it Admin2
3) Reboot and log on as Admin2
4) in Control Panel > System > Advanced > User Profiles select Administrator profile, then click on "Copy to" and Browse to the new user profile C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME
5) Add the new user as authorized users for that profile
6) Click OK and wait for copying process to end
7) Disconnect and log on as USERNAME, you will find an exact copy of your Administrator profile

Hope this helps
theric
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by:eriklee
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Theric76,,
can you re-explain

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Another way is
1) If needed create the new user account, then use it almost once to create the profile in C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME
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what do you mean 'use it almost once'.. do i recreate this user account?

thanks
Theric76:
Another way is
1) If needed create the new user account, then use it almost once to create the profile in C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME

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by:theric76
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Hi eriklee,
no, you don't have to re-create the account.
When you log on the first time as a new user, the system creates the folder C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME copying the default user profile stored in C:\Documents and Settings\Default User.

If you already used that account, so the folder is created and you don't need to follow what I wrote at point 1).

Be careful that copying the Administrator profile will overwrite all of user's settings.

Pleased to help you.
theric



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