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Windows 7 profile migration

Posted on 2010-11-11
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Hi All,

We have just upgraded our network and deployed a SBS 2008.

Our client PCs run Windows 7.

We want to be able to preserve the user profiles on the PCs, previously on XP we would do this by joining the new domain and then renaming the new profile to something else, and then rename the old profile to the original new profile name.

In Windows 7 this process doesnt work. does anyone have any tips/steps to help this process?

Many thanks

Paul
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1.- in c:\users rename the 'Default' hidden folder to 'Default.old'
2.- Rename old profile folder to 'Default'
3.- Join the new domain and login with the user corresponding to the old profile. It may take long.
4.- Undo the folder renaming.
5.- Profit.
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Thanks for your help, but unfortunately had all sorts of errors after this.

However, I have found a fantastic utility which really helped. Migrated the profile and joined to the domain in one easy sweep, and took a fraction of the time.

www.forensit.com/downloads.html - "download the user profile wizard v3"

Thanks again
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The util I found really does work a treat on Win 7 and Vista!
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