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Windows 7: Win7 Easy Transfer Not Seeing User Profile When In Admin Mode

15 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 32 bit enterprise
Win7 Easy Transfer Not Seeing User Profile When In Admin Mode

I have a number of users I am transferring from Vista systems to new 7 systems (clean installs). This is going from Vista 32b Enterprise to Windows 7 32b Enterprise.

I thought I had things working ok when test moving my personal profile (not admin) mulitple times but now that I'm attempting to move my office users I'm having a big problem.

If I log into Vista as administrator, use Easy Transfer to pull the user profile to an external drive....I can see during the ET process that it's pulling the settings (i.e., Favorites/Desktop/Documents/etc) from user profile that I'm moving onto the external drive. I can see that the file created is about the same size as the users profile (if the user profile folders are about 2 Gigs, the exported file is "about" 2 Gigs).
When I then plug into the receiving Windows 7 system with the drive, and start up Easy Transfer, I'm only given the option to move the common settings (normally around 90 Megs).....the ET Wizard does not show the transferred user account at all.

But if I have the user log into their Vista machine under their profile, then use my admin credentials to pull that users profile, I can then log onto the receiving Windows 7 system (as admin)....see that users profile (along with the system common settings) and am able to transfer the user profile to the new Windows 7 system successfully.

So is this the way it works for others out there or am I missing something? One of the reasons (not the only reason) I wanted to start using the Easy Transfer was that I could just grab the users old Vista system while they were out of the office, then transfer them to the new Windows 7 system and when they return to the office there's very little I have to do for them other than giving them the new system since pretty much everything is where it was before from their viewpoint. ...trying to take some of the pain from the end user so they aren't held up while I move them...

So to summarize: If I pull a users profile while logged in as admin, the receiving Windows 7 system doesn't see that user's profile to pull. If I pull a users profile while that user is logged in, I can log into the Windows 7 system and see their profile to move.
Is this the way Easy Transfer is supposed to work or is there a setting I'm missing (or maybe an easy workaround).

Thanks in advance for any advice given!

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