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Windows 7: Creating a default user profile, themepack doesn't stick

28 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Creating a default user profile, themepack doesn't stick

I can create a default profile with Windows 7 however the problem I'm having is with a themepack. I'll explain my process step by step so you can get a better idea of my process/problem.

  1. Create a standard user account and log on with it
  2. Set my customizations (remove certain features, visuals, etc)
  3. Move a themepack file to the C drive and apply the themepack file that contains window colors and a simple background which does work fine.
  4. Reboot and log on as administrator
  5. Within the Control Panel go to System, then Advanced System Settings.
  6. Under the Advanced Tab, User Profiles, click Settings.
  7. Run WindowsEnabler.exe as Administrator
  8. In the notification area click the windows enabler icon.
  9. Go back to the User Profile Screen and select the profile that you would like to copy to the default profile, highlight it, and click the ‘Copy To…’ button (it should now not be dithered)
  10. In the ‘Copy profile to’ section, type in C:\users\default\ and click OK.
After rebooting, the default profile is now working with new user accounts. The only problem is that the background image in the themepack file is missing, everything else in the theme is there.

What could I be doing wrong?

My System SpecsSystem Spec

29 Jul 2011   #2

Windows 7 Enterprise x32/x64
Try this:

Run regedit.exe

Click on HKEY-LOCAL-MACHINE. Under File, select “Load Hive”
Browse to the “C:\Users\Default” folder, click on ntuser.dat (make sure hidden and system files are displayed first). Name the key TEMPLATE_ACCOUNT.

Under TEMPLATE_ACCOUNT - Control Panel - Desktop, change “Wallpaper” path to the wallpaper of your choice (a local OR network path will work here). One of the bugs in Microsoft’s “Default Profile” process is a bad path to the default wallpaper. This step should not be skipped. The correct "default" path is “C:\Windows\web\Wallpaper\Windows\img0.jpg”

When done, click on TEMPLATE_ACCOUNT. Then click File, select “Unload Hive”. This will save the changes you made.
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