Ran Sysprep Out of Curiosity

sramesh2k
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I have a Windows 7 Ultimate PC here where the user ran sysprep.exe out of curiosity (with the "Generalize" option ticked). After a system reboot, the user lost all his profile data when logged on. Whereas the data is intact when logged on to Safe mode. Is there a way to restore the original profile (and come out of the "Sysprep" mode)?

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Top Expert 2010
Commented:
Unfortunately, there isn't much you can do in this situation. The Generalize option of Sysprep removes user profiles and all SIDs stored on the computer so the image can be used for installation on any other computer. Looks like you found a good user to lock down :D
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"Whereas the data is intact when logged on to Safe mode"

if that is the case then just backup his profile from C:\users\hisusername onto a USB key or external USB drive. Everything you need will be stored in there including his desktop, documents, favourites, emails etc

Then  when you set him up again on your domain/network just copy his files across from your removable media and he'll be good to go. Don't forget to lock him down :)

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