Backup / Restore user Profiles Windows 7

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Backup / Restore user Profiles Windows 7

I would like to manually backup User profiles in Windows 7 , then reimage the PC to Windows 10 then restore windows user profiles back.
Is there a way to do that ?

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AlexA lack of information provides a lack of a decent solution.

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For now, There is no task sequence that does that in SCCM.
I will be doing it manually...so how can I backup/Restore User Profiles manually ?

Thanks
Top Expert 2016

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use usmt to capture the profiles, install the os and then use usmt to import the profiles (all to/from a network location)
Actually there are 4 upgrade scenarios available in sccm/mdt
clean install
clean install user profile hard link migration
clean install usmt profile migration
and upgrade install - keep everything
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Are user folders redirected?
Roaming profiles?

How many workstations/profiles ...
AlexA lack of information provides a lack of a decent solution.

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You never stipulated that you were using SCCM, creating a roaming profile server and then using AD to migrate the profile from windows 7, up to the file server, then back down to windows 10 would be the best method.

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Alex
Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology Professional

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Is there anything they might want besides Documents, desktop and favourites? You'll find the folders for those in the user profiles directory. Just copy them out and in to the user's profile once they are logged on to Windows 10.

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example: you  copy user profile(folder)  c:\users\JDock to the network.
You re-image windows 7 to windows 10 , you join the computer(with windows 10) to the domain, then you copy back JDock folder under C:\Users on the newly installed Windows 10.
Now if JDock logs to the PC  will the system create a new profiel(Folder) or will it use the one you copied under C:\users\JDock ?
Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology Professional

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Now if JDock logs to the PC  will the system create a new profiel(Folder) or will it use the one you copied under C:\users\JDock ?

No, that's why I said you'll have to copy them after the user logs on for the first time. Otherwise the profile won't exist yet.

If there are a lot of machines involved, you could do the files via a login script that moves the files back on to the system. Move is safer than copy here because it ensures the user's files don't get overwritten.
Distinguished Expert 2017

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Seems peculiar that you want to install a new OS as a clean, but you want the user profile from the old system to be in place on the new system where not all the same application will be available?

The following folders if you use folder redirection will preserve the user's info
Application data/appdata
Desktop
Documents
Start menu
favorites
downloads
pictures, etc.

This way the profile will be limited

When the windows 10 joins the domain
the user will login with the folder redirection GPO kicks in at which point the user will have what they had on their desktop, documents, etc.

Try with one user and one system.
Setup user GPO that will redirect this specific users folders.
the user will need to login twice to get this done.

Then setup a new windows 10 system, join to the domain and have the user login.

Which server do you have in the environment 2012, 2016,2019?
and see how that works. The USMT that was provided in an earlier comment is the other option that you can export on each workstation the users' profiles/
Then import which you can test with the windows 10 setup system.

The folder redirect is simpler to manage backups as you would backup the data on the server and would not need to backup individual workstation.

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Thank you for your inputs!

What I need to know is what makes up user profile ?  I thought it is the user folder that gets created under C:\Users when the user logs in the first time to the computer. Example C:\Users\JDock.

if that's the case, then copying that user folder JDock to the Network before installing Windows 10, then copying it back to C:\Users after Windows 10 installed  seems like  the same as using Folder redirection , but manually.

Now if you say , when user ,JDock logs in to Windows 10 computer where you already copied back its user folder C:\users\JDock , will still create another user profile regardless if C:\users\JDock exist or does not exist, that's different thing to consider.
Top Expert 2016

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there are many parts to the user profile
users registry settings  (what you see in hkcu)
personal folders (documents/videos/music/downloads), desktop
their appdata  local, locallow and roaming  folders    (only roaming is used in folder redirection).. local and locallow are specific to the computer and the applications installed.

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You may want to check ForensiT's workstation migration tool(s).  They do what you want and can do it for many users profiles.  
See:  https://www.forensit.com/domain-migration.html

They have a personal edition you are welcome to use in your business if it meets your needs. The Personal Edition does not have all the features of the Corporate and Professional Editions, of course.

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David Johnson, CD

I agree. if Registry change occur when User logs in, then Copy to the Network and Copy Back to the PC will not be helpful.
Top Expert 2016

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The users registry cannot change if you are using roaming profiles because as part of login sequence is getting the users registry settings. and then saving them back to the server on logoff.

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This can get confusing, because we are talking about different profiles.  It would be nice to know the environment:  Standalone PC profile? Server based profile?  active directory profile?  Each has its own set of issues.

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I am not talking about Roaming profiles.
Just the regular Domain user profile.

If domain user1 has a profile on PC1  c:\users\JDock
reinstalling new OS on PC1 will remove the existing profile.
Initially I thought before installing new OS on PC1 , I can copy C:\Users\JDock  folder to the Network, then install new OS and copy back C:\Users\JDock folder
However I have been told even if you copy back  C:\Users\JDock  after the new OS installed on PC1, when JDock logs in to PC1 it will create new user profile, it does not use the one you copied back  C:\Users\JDock .

Is my question clear ?
EE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology Professional
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Yes.

You can't copy a user profile from one OS over to another carte blanche. So if you copy over c:\users\jdock on to a new PC before they log on, Windows will create a new profile for jdock the first time they log in and use that.

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Thank you Guys for your inputs!!

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