Can I share a windows 7 mandatory profile?

Posted on 2011-10-25
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I've created a windows 7 mandatory profile by copying the default profile from a windows 7 workstation, renaming it, logging on with it, and making a few modifications to it.  I then log off and make the necessary changes to the ntuser.dat file (Change to  I rename the profile to and point several users to it via AD.

Most of my user settings are controlled by group policies and the mandatory profile seemed at first to work fine.  I discovered that my three icons on the taskbar for IE, Exploer, and Windows Media Player are reporting missing links for everyone other than the original user I configured the profile with.

Am I barking at a tree here or is there a better way to share a mandatory profile?
Question by:RFiorini
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    by:Gerwin Jansen
    Hello RFiorini, here's a description of how to work with Windows 7 mandatory profiles. Did you do it this way?

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    It turns out that I downloaded and used Windows Enabler 1.1 to copy a profile that I then used for my Windows 7 mandatory profile.  It's working fine.  

    As to the Microsoft Windows 7 mandatory profile creation method, like so many things "Microsoft", the better part of a day trying it their way resulted in a total bombing of my client machine with nothing more than a message stating "errors encountered".  
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