How to move local profiles

Hello, I have a workgroup. We are trying to swap PC users around. How do we move complete profile from one PC to another in XP.

Also it woudl be good to know how to do it in Vista as well.

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iceradishConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Use "Files and Settings Transfer Wizard" in Windows XP; it will transfer all file in user's profile and settings as well, and include Outlook settings.

Just transfer it into an USB external drive and from the destination computer run "Files and Settings Transfer Wizard" again to import it.

Elwin3Connect With a Mentor Commented:

You can use it in Vista and Windows 7 as well.

hope this helps.
ScootekAuthor Commented:
How long does it normally take to do a transfer...I know it's going it may depend on profile size. Just trying to get an estimate.
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Normally about 20 mins for my users. Although the odd ones takes hours.
Recommendation for you, before do the transfer, delete all the internet temp files, cookies, old compress files and temp files. That will speed up the transfer by 20% to 80%.
bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
yes, Files and Settings Transfer Wizard and User State Migration Tool (USMT) are the right tools to do that.

please be aware that "only applications settings are migrated; actual applications are not migrated. Users still need to re-install applications on your new computer."

moreover, if the target OS and the applications running on the OS has a completely different (normally higher) version, you can't assume the migrated settings are compatible. only copying the data files should be a better solution in this case.

hope it helps,
ScootekAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys.
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