how to use a user as the default user win7

With Windows XP you can create a user and build this user up with setting, then copy this users profile into the default user profile. After any new user login will get alike user settings. How is this done in windows7 ?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Microsoft maintains this was the wrong way to do things and the method is not available. You must use Microsoft's sysprep method. I only deal in small numbers of computers, so it was not worth it. ... Thinkpads_User

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As you might imagine, people like Thinkpads and I have seen this question fairly regularly.  As he said, that method isn't supported because it really creates more problems than it solves.

Take several minutes to read through these previous discussions that we have had on the same subject, and I think that they will help you quite a bit:
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Whether its "right" or not, it can be done as I have done it.

To create a default user profile
1.      Log on to a computer running Windows 7 as a member of the local Administrator group. Do not use a domain account.
Use a lab or extra computer running a clean installation of Windows 7 to create a default user profile. Do not use a computer that is required for business (that is, a production computer). The process these steps describe removes all domain accounts from the computer, including user profile folders. After creating the default user profile, you can copy it from C:\Users\Default to a network location or to a removable storage device.
2.      Configure the settings that you want to include in the user profile. For example, you can configure settings for the Start Menu, Windows Explorer, and so on.
3.      Create an Unattend.xml file that sets the CopyProfile parameter to True. The CopyProfile parameter causes Sysprep to copy the currently logged-on user’s profile folder to the default user profile. You can use Windows System Image Manager, which is part of the Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) to create the Unattend.xml file. For more information, see Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7.
4.      At a command prompt, type the following command and press ENTER:
sysprep /oobe /reboot /generalize /unattend: unattend.xml
(Sysprep.exe is located at: C:\Windows\System32\sysprep)
5.      Complete the out-of-box experience, and then log on to the computer by using an account that has local administrator privileges.
6.      Click Start, type user profile, and then click Configure advanced user profile properties.
7.      In the User Profiles dialog box (shown in Figure 2), click Default Profile, and then click Copy To.

Figure 2  Copying the default user profile by using the User Profiles dialog box
8.      In the Copy To dialog box, do the following:
a.      In the Copy profile to text box, type the path of the location where you want to save the default user profile.
b.      Under Permitted to use, click Change, type Everyone, and then click OK.
9.      Click OK to copy the default user profile.
Other methods of creating default user profiles exist. For example, you can click the Copy To button on the User Profiles dialog box to copy a user profile folder to the default user profile. However, the steps that this section describes are the only steps that Microsoft supports for customizing a default user profile. These steps clean the source user profile so that it supports multiple users. For more information, see How to customize default user profiles in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2.

Microsoft disabled the ability to use the Copy to button in the User Profile manager.  The potential problems are described in this TechNet blog:

Configuring Default User Settings – Full Update for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

More specifically, the manual profile copy process can cause issues such as:

• Their list of most frequently run programs is not cleared
• Whether the user has been introduced to the Start menu (will be set to TRUE for the source account, but should be FALSE for new users). Windows Explorer does some special things the first time you log on to introduce you to the Start menu and other new features.
• Whether the user is an administrator (and should therefore see the Administrative Tools, etc).
• The personalized name for “My Documents” will be incorrect. All users documents folders will be called “Administrator's Documents”.  This is documented in the Knowledge Base article “The Desktop.ini File Does Not Work Correctly When You Create a Custom Default Profile” (
• The default download directory for IE will be set to the Administrator's Desktop folder.
• The default Save and Open locations for some application with point to the Administrator's documents folder.
• Windows 7 Libraries are broken.
While the Windows Enabler utility provides a relatively nice function, the problem is that is allows you to bypass Windows security in order to do exactly what causes all of the problems that I listed in my last post.
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