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Flash, RealPlayer, Quicktime settings fail to appear after creating a custom Default User profile

Posted on 2008-10-21
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I'm creating an image for deployment using WinXP Pro SP3. Using sysprep to prep the image & Powerquest Image Center to create and deploy the image.

I've been through all the scenarios with copying a customized profile to the default user profile, using sysprep and telling it NOT to copy the administrator's profile to the default user profile. All the Windows customizations I've done are being picked up from the default user profile for all new users that log on - just like they should. The problem appears when a new user uses QuickTime, RealPlayer, Flash, and many other 3rd party applications/plugins. Either the settings that I set when creating the custom profile are not migrated, or the app itself (like Flash) - tells the user they need to install it when I had installed it in the custom profile.

Is this a problem with the 3rd party apps or am I doing something wrong? Do the 3rd party apps save stuff in places other than the profile?

Sure is usless to deploy a fully configured image if I have to reinstall all the 3rd party apps after deployment :-(
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Microsoft's sysprep is the culprit here. I created images without using sysprep and instead used NewSID on the new clones. All customizations, plugins and applications copied over to the Default User profile correctly and work as expected.

As I read somewhere while searching for a resolution to this issue, "Using sysprep is a great way to clone PCs that have different hardware, but is like using a bazooka to kill a fly when all your hardware is identical."

I'm closing out this question.
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