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Windows 7: How to create multiple user accounts with the same settings?

24 Jun 2013   #1
WimYogya

windows 7
 
 
How to create multiple user accounts with the same settings?

Hello,
After a serious crash and repair I have to reinstall my laptop from scratch, which in itself is already quite a job. Since I want to make the laptop available for 3 different users, I want to reduce the installation to a minimum.
So, how do I make all settings for all 3 users the same?
My experience so far: if I create a new user account some programs/settings automatically appear in the new account. Others must be installed again, with (new/old) preferred settings.
How to avoid that?
Or: how to 'copy' all the settings from account 1 to 2 and 3?
If necessary from there on it is easier to delete/change a few things, than to install all.


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24 Jun 2013   #2
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Install affects all accounts. It's the icons for installed programs that don't always show up in all accounts.

I believe you can fix that by moving any icons from the first account's Desktop folder to the Default Desktop folder.
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24 Jun 2013   #3
WimYogya

windows 7
 
 

But what I recall from previous installs is that when creating new accounts I had to start from scratch with certain applications. Even the windows settings (language, time, background, theme) had to be selected 'as new'. Of course it should be POSSIBLE to make changes, but if a second user wants a copy of most settings of #1, is just a general install sufficient??
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24 Jun 2013   #4
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Take a look at this and see if might help.
How to copy a user profile on Windows 7

I've never done this, but I'd like to know how it works for you if you do try it.
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25 Jun 2013   #5
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Also just found this: How to create a default user profile in Windows 7 - Answers That Work

It's a link to a PDF document with instructions to do what you want (I hope).
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30 Jun 2013   #6
WimYogya

windows 7
 
 

@Ztruker
Thanks for your links. The first was not clear, the second was perfect. It took me some time before I could explore it, that is why my reaction is a bit late. But it was in fact quite simple to do it! Thanks again!
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30 Jun 2013   #7
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Great! If you can explain what you did maybe it will help someone else.
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30 Jun 2013   #8
WimYogya

windows 7
 
 

Well, there is nothing to explain because i did not understand at all what i was doing. But i just followed the instructions carefully and it worked.
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01 Jul 2013   #9
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Oh, okay, thanks.
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