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Windows 7: switching user profile in registery

21 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7x64 Ultimate
switching user profile in registery

been absolute ages since i last posted

doing a domain change over and all the client machines are windows 7 and we are moving them from a server 2003 domain to 2011 domain. i have been testing this on some dummy profiles on my laptop which is attached to the new server domain and normally to make a profile change over easier you could "hack" the registery keys by changing the profile target inside the key.

in win xp for example i would have gone to regedit hkey_local_machine\software\microsoft\windowsnt\currentversion\profilelist

and then copied the original domain profile

for example: profile a's (old domain) profileimagepath key data would be copied to profile b's (the new domain)

but now in windows 7 there is of course the added security etc. so its not that simple, because when i do attempt to login to that profile after a full restart it will login to the temp profile and give the there was a problem and you have been given a temporary profile error.
i know it has something to do with the ownership rights and the inhereting of permissions for the user file but i cant seem to nail it down as to how exactly i can do it..if it needs more explaining im happy to do so.

the reason i do it this way is to minimize down time alot of the programs are profile data based and it will be a pain to move it all manually.

any thoughts on what rights and ownerships need to be added/changed?

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21 Jun 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

I'm not sure whether this is what you're after, but I'll post the link nevertheless: How to Change User Profile Default Location in Windows 7 | Windows7hacker

More information here: About User Profiles (Windows)
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21 Jun 2011   #3

Windows 7x64 Ultimate

thanks i also saw this article , im not looking to change the physical location of user data. i need profile a's data to load into profile b, which is what changing the target in the registry allows normally, however because of the ownership rights etc in windows 7 this doesn't happen.
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