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Windows 7: Disable Roaming Profile Creation

15 Nov 2013   #1

Windows 7
Disable Roaming Profile Creation

Bad title?

Back story: Got a refurbished machine, when to work on it to set it up to work on my network.

Created a new user for the machine.

It's using a roaming profile.

I have no problems at this point with deleting that user and starting again, have not gotten that far into setting things up.

Question is, how do I disable that roaming profile creation?

My System SpecsSystem Spec

16 Nov 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard

Is this in a domain or workgroup environment? If a roaming profile I would suspect a domain...

To change the profile simply go to System properties in Windows and then select Advanced System Settings

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From here select User Profiles to change user profile settings.

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After that it should show all profiles of users that have logged on to the machine. Select the user to change and then click on Change Type...

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Now you can select to change the profile to local or roaming...

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To apply the changes you will need to log off and then log back in with the user in question.

In active directory you will need to go to the properties of the user in question and disassociate the UNC path to store the profile:

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Hope This Helps,

My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Nov 2013   #3

Windows 7

Everything you've listed has apparently already been done, but whomever did the refurbish didn't properly scrub the machine, so when they created the default "user" profile, it's using a roaming path:

C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

Is the path I'm getting when I right click and explore the start button.

So, time to use a page from "Breaking Windows For Dummies".

Folder Options, Show Dangerous Stuff!


I ain't scared, ...

Deleting the default Roaming folder ought to prevent creation of Roaming, plus that with any registry keys related to Roaming as well, should it now?

P.S. Probably was a domain involved, but I can't find a trace of it not knowing all the kinky places windows likes to hide information.

P.P.S. Machine will not belong to either workgroup or domain, it's supposed to stand alone without any network involvement.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

17 Nov 2013   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard

Simply deleting the profile will cause corruption errors and force Windows to create a temporary profile at each logon. I would not just delete the offending the folders and keys.

You may wish to look at this tutorial to move the location back to default - User Profile - Change Default Location

Hope This Helps,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Nov 2013   #5

Windows 7

Someone geeked the machine, they made SHORTCUTS in place of the physical folders in the default profile, hence new profiles were being created corrupted.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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