Adding a computer to AD

I have a user who has been working locally for quite some time, but now his computer needs to be joined to the domain, is there a way to do this without him losing any settings and still continue to work? I know I can copy his local profile over to his domain profile so he'll have all of his settings there, I was just curious if there was another way?
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George SasIT EngineerCommented:
Yes, you can do that very easy.
Just join the computer to the domain.
Then log in with the local administrator or any administrative account on the machine (not the user you want to migrate).
Download the Profile Wizard from here :

Migrate the local profile to the domain profile and you should be done.

Used this tool on many migrations and it works perfect.

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George SasIT EngineerCommented:
The Wizard you need is the User Profile Wizard 3.0
log into their pc with their domain name

run regedit and go to this key

HLKM\software\microsoft\windows nt\current version\profile list

your see a bunch of subfolders with sid's(a bunch of numbers start with an s)

look at the key ProfileImagePath for each subfolder until you see it pointing to the domain users profile folder. so it should have the value of %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\username.domain

change that to the path of their old profile. Reboot and your done.
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George SasIT EngineerCommented:
h3nnys: Your sollution will not work correctly. The new user would have another SID that has to be matched with the old SID and the files plus  permissions etc.
Logon the users PC as admin
Right click on My Computer and goto Properties
Click on the Advanced Tab
You will see User Profiles, just click on settings
From there, you can copy there local profile to their domain profile as long as they have already logged onto the PC.  It will only show users that have logged on before.  This is a simple way of doing it.  

I hope that helps!  Screenshot below of what I am referring to also.

 User Profile Settings
George SasIT EngineerCommented:
ITSuperman: Yes, this is one of the ways, but I have encountered problems with this solution MANY times during migrations and I have done quite a few in the past and I have some horror stories with lost files, damaged profiles etc. The Profile Wizard will keep everything exactly the way it was and I never experienced problems as with the windows standard method.

Joseph DalyCommented:
Ive used profwiz in the past during domain migrations. It works well.
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