How to preserve the default profile after Windows 10 PC removed from Workgroup and added to domain

Marty Nickison
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Is anyone aware of a way to add a workgroup PC running Windows 10 Enterprise to a domain (and since the user is already in Active Directory), when the user logs into the machine after it is on the domain, the profile that was used before [when the PC was in a workgroup] will be the profile that loads when the user logs in with domain authentication credentials?
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There are simple freeware tools for profile migration, like the first tool here: https://www.forensit.com/downloads.html
Robert RComputer Service Technician

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note that when you log in locally to the computer and when you log into the computer joined to the domain, those are two separate user profiles that will be created on the computer. The domain user will not have access to the local users profile even though they are the same user, windows does know that. You therefore must use profile migration tools as mentioned by McKnife.  Or you can give the user permission to access the files from the local user and then migrate the files to the domain user.
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You need to clarify what you want.
When a system joins a domain, it is subordinated to that domain through the application of GPOs, GPP overriding/superseding local settings if any.
Further, the default local at times might be modified by ad.

If your attempt/question deals with preserving/setting a similarly named username to access/use the same profile, that is not possible.
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Try that tool, arnold and see. Read https://www.forensit.com/domain-migration.html
Yes, if the GPos enforce certain program settings, surely these will be in effect nevertheless, but all settings are migrated, in the first place, and data as well.
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Mcknife, I do not believe my comment is any way in a disagreement with you, it merely pointed out the change in structure.
IMHO, it is best to leave the local as separate, if needed, data documents, desktop, etc. can be copied.

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Thank you everyone for all your help on this !

I will see what forensit can do to assist me.

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