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Win 7 copying profiles problem

Posted on 2013-12-19
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Under Windows XP you could configure any application with a profile building account, then copy that profile over to the 'default users' profile. You can't do that anymore in Windows 7, the 'copy profile' option is greyed out. The appears the only way to copy a profile is to install everything as the built in system Administrator then run sysprep with the 'copy profile' option set to true - but this doesn't copy everything over, lots of files in 'App Data' are left behind. Is there any way around this?

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by:EhntilZa
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What doesn't work when doing this?  Starting in audit mode, loading everything and then sysprepping the unit has been very consistent.  

I would be curious about what doesn't work?
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Ivano Viola earned 500 total points
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Ron,

From my experience everything does get copied over from the configured profile to the default profile during sysprep. I'm not saying that you're incorrect but I haven't come across this. The only advice I can give you is try using another account other than the local Administrator account. The Administrator account gets deleted after sysprep and you can't compare the profiles. I create a local administrator account named Operator. This account remains in the image after sysprep so I can actually log back in and make changes if needed and re-sysprep. You may get a different result regarding the AppData files/folders you find missing in the default profile. Yes, XP seemed simpler but after you get things correct in Windows 7, you'll find it just as easy.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

IV
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by:evandrotex
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There´s a tool called Windows Enabler.

I´ve used this tool once, but is not supported and may cause strange issues.

But maybe helps you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEoj8ledDtw
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by:KnowledgeWare
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Thanks folks for these comments, I'm going back to the source to get more info then will respond.
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Thanks IV
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