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Windows 7 default user profile

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Must be different from XP....I have configured an account and would like to make it my default for all users. Copy to is grayed out. How does this work for windows 7. I am not doin a sysprep deal. I just want all of the users that log on to my machine to have the same settings thanks.
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by:nutwoo
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You may have noticed in Windows 7 they have disabled the ability to copy a profile over the default profile. The COPY TO button is greyed out. This is a bug in windows 7.

You can Download 'Windows Enabler 1.1' which allows you to click greyed out buttons.

1. Login as local admin
2. Right Click my Computer
3. Advanced Systems
4. Advanced Tab
5. Next to User Profiles select settings.
6. Highlight your profile you have created.
7. Click 'copy to' button default profie.
8. new users will now get this NEW default profile.
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by:LeeTutor
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It's not a bug; it was designed that way by Microsoft.  Here is the only way for creating a default profile supported by Microsoft:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973289
How to customize default user profiles in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2
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by:John Hurst
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Additionally, I looked the author site for Windows Enabler 1.1 and it seems like an old program that may leave unindented consequences in Windows 7. I agree with the post above. ... Thinkpads_User
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by:zyanj
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this makes no sense (Microsoft) what if I am not in a domain and would like to configure this profile for my standalone pc?
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by:John Hurst
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Even if off-domain, you must do it the new way. .... Thinkpads_User
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by:nutwoo
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I personally used Windows Enabler 1.1 to allow me to copy over the the default profile. Very simple.
Very easy and I have had no issues with over 200 laptops.
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by:Kody-Burg
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Copying the default profile was disabled in windows 7 for security purposes. Windows 7 is not XP, so there are going to be new things to get used to. It took me awhile to get used to it, but everything that Microsoft did to change Windows 7 made it a better and more secure operating system than all before it. I suggest you follow LeeTutor's suggestion and read the article at the link he posted.
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by:LeeTutor
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zyanj, any feedback?
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by:LeeTutor
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Yes, it was an interesting read; and I read it long ago.  But notice that there IS NO ANSWER that everyone admits to be the solution in that lo-o-o-ong thread.  Why not use Microsoft's only supported method?
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