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Windows 7: Windows 7 - Default Profile. How can I edit it?

08 Nov 2010   #101

Omg it works!!!

This seems to be working for me (So Far)
Thanks M8 will test further and see how it goes.

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03 Jan 2011   #102

Windows 7
ProfileTool - my command line tool to copy profiles as default


After spending hours and hours trying to find an existing solution, I decided to write my own tool to duplicate profiles to default under Windows 7.

It can be found here :

It's written in Python, so that you can customize it easily.

For now, it's beta, and still needs work, but it has been tested succesfully during several Windows 7 deployments.

Hope this will be able to help you. Thank you in advance for your feedback (use SourceForge forum or TraceBack system).

Kind regards
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20 Jan 2011   #103

Win 7 Ult x64

ProfileTool works great!
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03 Feb 2011   #104

Windows 7 Enterprise x32
Thank you Midds for the PDF

Midds, thank you for taking the time to create the clear PDF instructions. Most helpful.

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03 Feb 2011   #105

Windows 7 Enterprise

We have had an issue around profiles/sysprep where after deployment the system profile gets corrupt, the fonts look different, it takes AGES to login, and users can only get logged in with a temporary profile.

A couple of work-arounds are:
  1. Delete the contents in %appdata%\Microsoft\Protect from all accounts before you sysprep your machine. Also make sure this is deleted when creating a custom Default profile. You can do this at step #8 in my guide.
  2. Remove inheritable permissions on the Default profile folder and give Everyone and Users more than just Read & execute permissions. Make sure this is done before sysprep as well.
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25 Feb 2011   #106

Windows 7 Professional

After following the Guide provided by Midds I have one issue. I am trying to change the default location for some of the folders from "C:\users\SevenForums\" (desktop, downloads, favorites, my documents, my music, my pictures, my videos) to a second Partition D:\

I tried changing the location to "D:\users\Sevenforums\" which gets changed to "D:\users\Default" in the registry as outlined by the guide. I have also tried "D:\users\%username%\"
both resulted in the new accounts folders being directed to the D:\users\SevenForums\

the end goal being that i can reformat the c:\ and lay the image for C:\ back on that parition without moving the users files off the computer before doing it.
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25 Feb 2011   #107

Windows 7 Enterprise

Ahh to do this you need to modify the ProfilesDirectory value in the registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

Simply change the value %SystemDrive%\Users to D:\Users

Then you will need to copy the contents of C:\Users to D:\Users

Some files will be locked so best you do the copying process in a PE environment like WinPE or BartPE.
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26 Feb 2011   #108

Windows 7 Professional

Thanks for getting back to me so quickly Midds.
the change you've suggested will do most of what I am trying to do but i want to aviod moving appdata since it seems to be a common place for viruses to end up. is there any way to specify a seperate location for appdata?
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02 Mar 2011   #109

windows 7 enterprise 64

Requesting to be able to contact the author directly ... this is rather urgent.


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13 May 2011   #110

Windows 7 Enterprise

This thread is just what I needed as we are finally rolling out Win 7 Enterprise at our small college this summer after a decade of rock-solid XP Pro. Thanks to all of you for posting here. Most of the machines will be in lab/classroom environments where one machine, many users scenario prevails.

After much struggling with Microsoft's tools, from diskpart to WAIK, and finally getting the only "supported" method (How to customize the default local user profile when you prepare an image of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2) to actually work, the problem of a bloated profile (150M) still exists. I've done the minimalist unattended setup as in the Microsoft walk-through and used the built-in Administrator account temporarily enabled in sysprep's audit mode. Installed a small cluster of standard apps (Office 2010, Firefox, Chrome) and players, nothing fancy or heavy.

Maybe too much working as Administrator? Maybe I should create a temporary admin account in which to work and only use Admin for desired customizations? Think I'll try that.
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 Windows 7 - Default Profile. How can I edit it?

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