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Windows 7: How to have same profile for all users in the domain!

13 May 2014   #1

Windows Pro x64
How to have same profile for all users in the domain!

Hi. Sorry my language i am from Portugal, and is the first time i post in this fórum!

I have a question!

I working with several computers in a domain! After restarting before installing the operating system again, I was wondering how do I set the same profile for all profiles!
In windows XP configured a profile with a user, and then put it in the default user folder!
In Windows 7 I have no idea!!!

Any ideia?

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13 May 2014   #2

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Hi WildCatPT, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Windows 7 default user profile must be configured and customized in so called Audit Mode when no user profiles exist. In your case, deploying the same image to several computers, the procedure is as follows:
  • Start Windows 7 installation on your reference computer
  • After installation boots to OOBE / Welcome mode after last reboot, enter Audit Mode
  • Customize the default user profile
  • Generalize the Windows image with Sysprep
  • Capture the image
  • Deploy the image (install to other computers using the captured image)

See this tutorial for instructions in customizing Windows default user profile in Audit Mode: User Profile - Customize During Installation.

Notice that as this tutorial is made to show how to customize default profile in just one computer as opposite to your need to do it for several computers, you need to change the /reboot switch in Sysprep command told in Step 3 to /shutdown switch in order to be able to capture the image before any user accounts have been created.

In your case, the Sysprep command told in Step 3 must look like this (changed part highlighted):
%windir%\system32\sysprep\sysprep.exe /generalize /oobe /shutdown /unattend:E:\DefaultProfile.xml
More complete walkthrough tutorial for preparing a Windows image for deployment, including default user profile customization: Windows 7 Image - Customize in Audit Mode with Sysprep

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