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How do I save the user profile in Windows 7

I am trying to set up a Windows 7 laptop for the first time.  I keep setting up the desktop, copying over the documents and favorites.  Everything is set up for the user.  When I reboot the computer, everything is gone.  How do I save the profile so it is there the next time the user logs on.  The users are from a domain.  I did put the user in the local administrators group.  This is driving me crazy.
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So, you're logged in as the user when you setup the desktop, etc.....
...or you were logged in as an administrator trying to configure the default profile for all future users on that PC?
Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution Architect
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Take a look at this social tech net forum. Should have the solution you are looking for.
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w7itpronetworking/thread/4f494966-d72d-44dd-9a2a-03ba72b6dd9b

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I am logged in as the user, which is me.  I am a domain administrator.  After the third time I put an account in the local administrators group for me.  I get everything set up, the desktop, the software etc.  When I reboot everything is gone.  Also, there is always a new profile for me with .000 - .001 etc.

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Also, I have to keep making new connections to the Iseries and all of the data sources.

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This did not work.  I deleted the profiles under c:\users.  There was not a folder in the registry.  I logged in and set up a few settings, When I rebooted, all of my settings were gone

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Let's make sure that Local Guest group only contains the local Guest account... and nothing more

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The local Guest group only contains the guest account
I had to remove myself from all of the groups in Active Directory, except Administrators and Domain Admins.  That let me have a regular profile in Windows 7.