how to copy user and outlook profile

Posted on 2011-02-19
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2013-11-22
1. windows server 2003
2. workstation - windows xp pro
3. a user left; login under user-name1 with some apps
4. wants to replace with a new login name user-name2
5. what is the best way to do.
6.  anyway to just create a new user user-name2 and copy the profile over then delete user-name1?

Question by:goodfinder
LVL 14

Expert Comment

ID: 34934456
I would rename old one - probably easiest - and you dont have to play around with permissions

LVL 38

Assisted Solution

younghv earned 400 total points
ID: 34934472
Daniel Petri (MS MVP) has some good instructions - but - Note the "Update" in red type.


IMO - I don't think re-naming the old one is the way to go.

Accepted Solution

chrisbirley earned 1000 total points
ID: 34936892
renaming normally leads to a world of hurt, as windows wont recognise the UID, and will create a new user profile for the user, but with a slightly different name - user.name2.domain or something similar.

the best method is to get the user to log on as the new user, reboot the machine and then log on as an admin user (not one of the 2 accounts that you want to copy) and then browse to c:\documents and settings

open user.name1 and user.name2 (make sure you can see all files and folders in including hidden ones) and then copy the files from user.name1 to user.name2

another way of doing this would be to use robocopy (can be obtained from the net if it is not on your machines - open a dos prompt and type the following:

robocopy "c:\documents and settings\user.name1" "c:\documents and settings\user.name2" /e /r:0 /w:0

this will do a dos based copy of the files and folders, and will carry on if it errors - it will also give you a display of what it copies and a summary afterwards. this method can be used for copying almost anything - just replace the 2 parts in quotes for the source and destination paths of what you want to have copied
WEBINAR: GDPR Implemented - Tips & Lessons Learned

Join the WatchGuard team on Thursday, March 29th as we recount some valuable lessons learned in weighing the needs of a business against the new regulatory environment, look ahead at the two months left before implementation, and help you understand the steps you can take today!


Assisted Solution

Mahi1983 earned 600 total points
ID: 34936905
First let me know its domain user profile or local user profile:

If it is domain user then..

1. Add workstation to domain.

2. Log in once in that system using domain user

3. Log off and then log in using Administrator  

4. Right on my computer - > properties - Advance - profile -> select the profile which you want to copy and select to the destination user profile. It wll take some time to copy the profile.

5. Log off and login via domain user. You will get same profile.

Hope it works.

Author Comment

ID: 35062473
started the copy and then it asked the location of the profile to copy to.  ??
it is a domain user.  thanks.
LVL 38

Expert Comment

ID: 35062903
To whom are you directing your question?
If you will identify the Expert by name, we will know how to respond.

Also - you need to stay active in the questions you post. It has been 18 days since you asked this question and today is the first time you have responded.

"If you stay active, so will we."

Featured Post

We Need Your Input!

WatchGuard is currently running a beta program for our new macOS Host Sensor for our Threat Detection and Response service. We're looking for more macOS users to help provide insight and feedback to help us make the product even better. Please sign up for our beta program today!

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

Join & Write a Comment

This collection of functions covers all the normal rounding methods of just about any numeric value.
When you upgrade from Windows 8 to 8.1 or to Windows 10 or if you are like me you are on the Insider Program you may find yourself with many 450MB recovery partitions.  With a traditional disk that may not be a problem but with relatively smaller SS…
Viewers will learn the different options available in the Backstage view in Excel 2013.
The viewer will learn how to use a discrete random variable to simulate the return on an investment over a period of years, create a Monte Carlo simulation using the discrete random variable, and create a graph to represent the possible returns over…

619 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question