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NTUSER.DAT profiles in Windows 7 Professional

Posted on 2010-11-29
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I have used the ntuser.dat file to customize school lab environments using Windows XP Professional. I would log on as a user and configure printing, desktop backgrounds, screen savers, etc and then copy this users ntuser.dat to the Default user profile of each lab machine. Now that we are about to deploy Windows 7 Professional (with Server 2008), I see that the ntuser.dat files is a little different and I wonder if I can still customize printers, desktop apperance, etc using the ntuser.dat file in Windows 7.
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I haven't tried it myself, but it should work. Wouldn't it be easier to set all of that stuff using group policies?
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I've tried this with Windows 7 machines and it does not work. I read somewhere that Microsoft changed the way this works due to Security risk associated with the way it worked in XP.

Try this:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973289 
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thanks
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