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

23 Jun 2011   #111

Windows 7 Professional x32
Create default profile in Windows 7 x64

I cannot get your solution to work in 64 bit Windows 7.
It produces an error when attempting to merge PROFILE.reg that some files are in use by the system.
Am I doing something wrong or is this solution only for x32?

Edit-Does work for x64! My antivirus was not allowing registry modifications.
Thank you very much for detailed instructions.

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29 Aug 2011   #112

Windows 7 Enterprise

Hi all.

I have revised my original documentation with 2 changes, 1 which can cause MAJOR issues (step #30) if this is not done correctly. The other minor change is renaming the Default folder to Default.bak rather than making a copy of it (step #11).

The updated pdf is attached.

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File Type: pdf How to create a Default profile in Windows 7 v2.pdf (642.7 KB, 590 views)
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29 Aug 2011   #113

Windows 7 Professional x32

Thanks for the update!
I use a modified version of your instructions-about 21 steps (to create Default profile based on full install under Administrator account).
Is Step 30 necessary if the Default profile is not created for SysPrep?
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29 Aug 2011   #114

Windows 7 Enterprise

It is during sysprep and also deleting of profiles that you can run into issues if you have not completed step #30 in my guide. I have only tested this in a sysprep environment but I would highly recommend that you follow this step anyway as the consequences are dire
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29 Aug 2011   #115

Windows 7 Professional x32

Jeez, that was quick!
I've modified my version to include Step 30.
Thanks for the advice.
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19 Oct 2011   #116

Windows 7 64bit

I am gearing up to deploy Windows 7 professional out and have been reading through all these. I am guessing that nothing was actually found on copying the default profile over? We are current XP SP3 and live by copying the default profiles over. We cannot do roaming profiles, too much network traffic and the storage issue. Some users would have a huge profile, just not going to happen.
Any luck from anyone would be helpful, I have heard of people using Windows enabler, but haven't heard of any issues from that either. Thoughts?

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19 Oct 2011   #117

windows 7 Enterprise

Windows Enabler is broken by some security change on W7 SP1.

Lately my method has been to copy the user registry hive (ntuser.dat) and the Appdata Roaming (C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming) folder from the profile I have configured as I want default to be. Then delete everything in C:\users\default and copy those 2 items in. Copying these 2 items allows you to have pinned shortcuts in your Default profile. The one place that breaks is the wall paper in the Default profile. You can edit this path manually (HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop\Wallpaper) if you have a standard wall paper or just leave it and it will come up solid black.

The method defined by Midds in 'How to create a Default profile in Windows 7 v2.pdf' is superior but I have found that loading the hive to delete 'Shell Folders' is not really necessary and these values are updated correctly when winlogon occurs.
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