How can I transfer files to a new local Windows 7 account?

Posted on 2013-09-26
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My client had to create a new user account and has a lot of files.  In the past, I've used robocopy with the /move parameter and have gotten some glitches with the move.  Is there a better way to transfer all the files from one user account to another?  And can I transfer account preferences as well?
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ZamZ0 earned 1000 total points
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Windows 7 has an Easy Transfer Tool:


You can also go to System in Control Panel and on the Advanced tab click User Profiles. This applet will allow you to copy profiles.
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I'm not sure if this is the same as above
but what I do is rightclick Computer then properties>on the left click on advanced system settings>settings for profile
copy profile
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Yeah but if the profile is corrupted, wont that copy the corruption over?
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Probably, you didn't mention the profile was corrupted. You may be able to select which components of the profile you want to copy with the easy transfer tool. What parts of the profile do you want? Why not just do it manually?
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Merete earned 1000 total points
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Define corrupted profile?
That could simply mean there is a mismatch between the registry  and the Ntuser.dat.
If you had some virus or malware infected files running and preventing ( blocking) access to the users account then I would suggest you run a full scan to take care of those concerns first.
Any malware is the result of the user action. Clicking on a .exe or opening an email from unknown source and going to a web site linked in the email.
An extra scan is good outside of your anti virus software

 A corrupted profile can be caused by antivirus moving files to the vault but this could also damage the integrity of windows.
Creating a new profile is repairing the profile's association with windows.
If the user has an administrative account the users video music pictures documents should be unaffected.
The user's account is actually found in the Ntuser.dat
There is a couple methods to to resolve this depends on which one you prefer.
You can delete the old corrupted user Ntuser.dat
 log on as the default administrative  delete the profile
this guide
Then there is Microsoft's Guide
Fix a corrupted user profile windows 7

Repairing User Profile in Windows 7
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3ZF-jeWwiI (youtube video)
Backup & Restore User Profile In Windows 7 with Windows Enabler  ( youtube )
These are very informative and should help you which ever way you choose to go.
Repairing a corrupted profile is simple enough if you have the right procedures.
Best Wishes
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Thanks for the advice, I'll use this in the future.
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Your welcome epichero22
glad to help thanks..
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If the profile is corrupt your best bet is to just copy the data over to the new profile (ie. Favorites, Documents, Pictures, Desktop Shortcuts...). If you copy any of the AppData over then you may run into the same issue again.

Make sure if they are using Outlook that you get the PST files and setup email again if they are not using Exchange.
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Hello epichero22 you had you question re-opened so you could split points, please be a responsible member and close this.
Thank you
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