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Windows 7: Creating a New User Account Similar to an Existing User Account

28 Sep 2010   #1

Windows XP Pro
 
 
Creating a New User Account Similar to an Existing User Account

I have a Dell XPS 9100 with Windows 7 Prof. I am using the user account made during the initial bootup of the new computer, to make the desired settings and adding software installations. However after I finish with the initial tweaking, I will reduce the account privileges from Administrator to Standard user level. However, before I change the account level, I will make another user account with administrator user level.

Is there a way to have the new user account have the same settings as the initial user account when it is Simimade, such as copying, etc? I am not looking forward to manually making all of the sames changes/settings that I have made in the initial bootup user account, to the new user account with administrator privileges.

I would very much appreciate any suggestions regarding the above. Thanks Sam


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28 Sep 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Scams,

About as close as you can get to this would be to create a new administrator account with the name you like, then copy all of the contents of the old user account's C:\Users\(user-name) folders (including hidden AppData folder) into the corresponding new account's C:\Users\(user-name) folder. After everything checks out ok, you can delete the old user account while logged in the new user account.

It will copy most of your settings, like your Start Menu shortcuts, to the new account, but items stored in the registry, like your desktop background, would have to be reset again.

Hope this helps some,
Shawn
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28 Sep 2010   #3

Windows XP Pro
 
 
Thanks

Shawn, thanks very much for your detailed reply, Sam.
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28 Sep 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Sam.
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