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How do I set profile custimizations for all users

Posted on 2011-02-24
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This is a non domain environment where machines are imaged using Symantec ghost.  I want to configure a image so that when I create the new users on the machine I do not have to spend 20 minutes customizing the profile.  For example:

I change the user picture. Control Panel\User Accounts and Family Safety\User Accounts > change picture
I unpin media player from the task bar.
I change the notification icons.
I change the start menu.
I change the local policy using gpedit.msc screensaver policies.

I would like to make these changes once and then capture the image and when I image new machines those changes are already set for new users.

The OS is Windows 7 Professional 64bit.
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Here is the correct method of doing this in Windows Vista / 7.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973289

Not as easy as copying one profile to the default in Windows XP, but that is because Microsoft said it caused errors which led to them removing that option now.
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by:LrdKanien
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That is what I'm doing.  Wish there was an easier way.
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Someone else on here had recently suggested downloading Windows Enabler for this type of problem. They said it can be used to enable that button even though Microsoft doesn't recommend it. Although that could be an easier way, it could also be worse if it corrupts the default profile and any new one. Always an option though.
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