Creating a standard windows 10 user profile

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Hello experts - If I have a user profile configured on a Windows 10 Pro machine and I want all of the settings to apply to everyone who signs in, what is the way to accomplish this?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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I don't think so. That option was available in XP and died there.

Most of the Microsoft imaging methods leave it to the user to set up their profile.

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danbrown_IT Manager

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Yeah, I remember just copying the profile contents to the default user account which worked.  The Copy To button is still there but it's grayed out on the profile I created so I can't copy it to the default profile.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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That facility has been removed which is why it does not work.
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Wesley MillerComputer Network Analyst

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Create a Folder with all the Files and Folders you want everyone to have then copy it to the Default Profile.

Example:

c:\Users-Default , Contains everything you want all users to have.

copy "C:\Users-Default\*.*" "C:\Users\Default\
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We do what we can with group policy on our domain but we allow Win10 to setup individual users with the normal "first run" process. But I encourage you to look through the new administrative templates that are available for domain group policies at Microsoft. I bet you will find a lot of usefulness there. Just remember that Win10 Professional does not actually allow you to use some of the new admin GP templates. For instance you cannot disable consumer content with the new Win10 GP unless you are running Win10 Enterprise on the endpoints. They don't make this very clear in the GP itself but we found out the hard way that we can't avoid Bubble Witch Saga and other games getting auto-installed with each big Windows update unless we bought upgrades to Enterprise. It's just how they get you to buy the higher tier license.

You can read about what's new in Windows 10 GP admin templates in this nice article https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/canitpro/2015/10/20/step-by-step-managing-windows-10-with-administrative-templates/ 

and you can download the admx files here https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=56880
danbrown_IT Manager

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Thanks Jane!

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