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I have a friend with a new Windows 8 laptop and when he set it up he created a local account and an online Microsoft account. After running Windows easy transfer and getting his desktop setup the way he wanted he decided to create a different Microsoft account at Outlook.com.

The local account profile and the first Microsoft account seem to be sharing the same "profile" as the desktop, documents, pictures, music etc are available on both logins.

The problem now is when he logs in using the new Microsoft account none of the profile info is available. No pictures, music, documents and a new desktop.

When I look at advanced user settings the only "prifle" that shows in the list is the local user account.

My question is how can I copy that user prfile to the new Microsoft user so we can remove the old Microsoft user?

I hope my explanation makes sense.

Thank you.
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Question by:Craig Gallichotte
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by:imkottees
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Hi,

Login into your new profile--> Go to C: drive --> Users --> drill into old account--> copy your content --> paste it where you want
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Craig Gallichotte earned 0 total points
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There are no user folders for the Microsoft accounts, there is only a user folder for the local account.

Your suggestion doesn't work as there is no folder to move the files to and a lot of the hidden files will not copy because they are in use. For example "user.dat"etc.

I have figured out how to accomplish what I wanted to do. All I needed to do was logout of the existing Microsoft account, login in to the local account, and then click the link for "login to a Microsoft account" and login with the new account. He is now logged in with the Microsoft aacount and it is using the local profile of the existing local user.

Thanks any way for the suggestion.
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by:Craig Gallichotte
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I was able to solve the problem myself.
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