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SBS 2008 move existing user and data settings

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I am joining  a windows 7 machine to a 2008 SBS. When I get to "move existing user and data settings" I don't see the user account I'm logged in under. I have read about private folders but I don't seem to have these, same problem as this person.

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by:Rob Williams
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As I recall you cannot move the account under which you are logged in because some of the files will be locked (in use). With older machines you would log in with THE administrator account. This is disabled on Win7. Try creating another admin account, reboot (important) and then see if the account is available.

Also if the existing account is a previous domain account and not a local account it will not be present and cannot be imported. In that case you have to manually copy over desktop, favorites, documents, etc.
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I tried loggin in as different user but still no change. I created a new blank account and did have the option to export this account. The machine was not previously on a domain I would like to get to the bottom of it as oppose to migrating the data as i'm sure it will come up in the future
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Sorry I cannot think of why that would happen. Normally it only happens if the profile was a domain profile. Local profiles should not be a problem. I have read of issues when long file names within the profile are present, but I would think this is more of an issue once it tries to start the copy.

As mentioned before sometimes a reboot is needed. I have often seen inability to copy local profile to local profile until you reboot and use a different account due to files (in particular ntuser.dat) being in use.
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