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Q: Default Profile Settings Help


I have got my user profile setup the way I like it with the desktop icons, settings etc. How can I copy these settings to the default profile? I have tried copying the links folder to the default profiles links folder which does the sortcuts on the desktop etc but it doesnt do the computer icon or user profile icon. I have read that I need to edit some registry settings but I cant find any specific information anywhere. The point of what im trying to do is when a new user profile is created, it will automatically look the way I want it and software EULAS will already be set for example - it's to be used for an image.


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Preferred Solution: Default Profile Settings Help

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This issue bubbles up from time to time, but I've never seen an authoritative answer on it.  I know of several workarounds, but I'd like not to go down that path if it's not necessary.
Question -- Has anyone successfully managed to get specific Application Configuration settings to
override settings that may exist in a Default Protection profile?
Simply put, we use EMET 5.5 and deploy all 3 default protection profiles (Internet Explorer, Recommended Software, and Popular Software).  We're running into an issue with Excel while attempting to load the Power View add-in.  After searching,
I was able to find official documentation that states the Power View add-in requires EAF to be disabled on Excel (at least in EMET 5.2).  I've added the exception to the application configuration via GPO so that it the name matches exactly what the default
profile has for Excel.
value name: *\OFFICE1*\EXCEL.EXE
value: -DEP -Caller -EAF
After refreshing group policy, I see two entries for Excel by the exact same name.  Official documentation from the User's Guid for EMET 5.5 states explicitly that "if the same app is configuration in Application Configuration and in one of the
Default profiles, the Application Configuration settings take precedence", but I'm not really finding that to be the case.  The Power View add-in is still not functioning properly.
Does anyone have any insight to offer?

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Is there an easy way to have a profile for every user than logs on to a machine with the desktop, pinned programs, theme, wallpaper, and favorites already set?

In Windows XP all I did was set up a profile how I wanted it under Administrator, logged on to another administrator account, and copied the NTUSER.DAT file from the Administrator to override the one in Default User. After that I logged back into Administrator to delete all the other user accounts. This doesn't seem to work with Windows 7, and there is both "Default" and "Default User" profiles.

A:Default user profile settings

I'd like to figure this out as well. I have this tutorial I haven't been able to try yet.

"I got this to work, but it's no where near as elegant as with XP and Vista via the User Profile "copy to" method above:

Customize a user profile as needed
Go to Control Panel and create a new dummy admininstrator
Reboot, log in as the dummy admin
Browse to C: and go into the Folder settings and Show all hidden/system files
Browse to C:\Users and CTRL-drag the Default folder to make a second (backup) copy of it
Browse to C:\Users and CTRL-drag the customized user profile to make a second copy of it
SHIFT-DEL the original Default folder
Rename the customized folder copy to Default
Create a new dummy admin and reboot/log in to test it

I've not tested this extensively yet but this seemed to work with the exception that the desktop background pic was gone leaving a black background. I fixed this easily by re-selecting the correct background pic.

I really hope that MS restores the previous method as this seems very sketchy to me and I'd hate to have to use this in a production environment"

Windows 7 RC1 Default User Profile

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I need to replace the system's Administrator profile settings with my own -- or copy my profile to that account. (I know. It's dangerous. Bla bla bla! I built this computer myself and I run my other Win7-x86 computer this way. I NEED the extra access the account provides.)

This is Windows 7x64 SP1 Ultimate retail.

The problem is that when I fresh-installed Win7-x64 to this new computer I forgot to rename the Administrator account to myself and login to it by default. So I've put all this work into setting up my own account (part of the Administrators Group) and now want to see if I can transfer all of that work to the Administrator account after logging on to it.

I can copy Appdata over without a problem. Libraries are easy to change too. I'm worried about registry settings, Tasks, visual settings, etc. etc. If possible this includes program installations but I'll add these later if necessary.

Another reason I'm asking is because Win7 64bit has a lot more security restrictions than 32-bit. So many changes I've made, such as registry tweaks to enable video codecs, I haven't been able to apply to the Local Machine, or to All Users.

I don't think I can use Windows Easy Transfer because it will simply create a new account named something like Me2, right?

A:How to copy my profile settings to the default Administrator account

Forget it.

Completely unnecessary and can only be problematic.

The built-in administrator account is seldom, and for most, never needed.

I disable the account, and the Guest account.

please go to a command prompt, that is, run cmd.exe
run following two commands and upload the resulting files that will appear on your desktop:
wmic sysaccount get Domain,LocalAccount,Name,SID,Status /format:table > %userprofile%\desktop\SystemAccounts.txt

wmic useraccount list full /format:table > %userprofile%\desktop\UserAccountsFull.txt

Post a File or Screenshot in Seven Forums

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As of today, in our domain environment consisting of Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 Enterprise machines, we are experiencing the "User Profile service failed the sign-in - User profile cannot be loaded" error message whenever a user tries to login.
This only affects users new to the particular machine. If they have signed on before and already have a cached account the computer logs them in with no issue. This is occurring on both Win8.1 and Win7 machines. We are an academic institution so this is becoming
a huge problem in our labs. Students generally use different computers so this is popping up very frequently. I have a solution for the issue. It appears that on the non-working machines that the "Default" user profile is corrupt. I have discovered
that if I find a machine, Win8.1 or Win7, doesn't matter, that is allowing first time users to logon I can copy the "Default" user profile and replace the corrupt one. I must first permanently delete the corrupt profile before copying over the new
one. I am doing this over the network by navigating the C:\users\ folder. Even this way is becoming cumbersome though as we have over 1000 computer in labs. I have googled and googled and I keep seeing the same answers offering various solutions, none which
are any more practical than my method. I cannot find information on a cause or a reason of why this would just crop up out of nowhere. I suspect maybe a Windows update but I cannot verify that yet. ... Read more

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Deal all,

i need urgent help. i shut down my Pc normally at my work and when i started today morning and put my user name and login , a windows apears with the following message.


remember that i am having windows XP

please tell me how can i get my profile back to work normally as before.


A:Windows Cannot Load The User's Profile But Has Logged On With The Default Profile

Corruption of the user profile can be a pain to sort out, especially if it’s the index file that’s failed. SOMETIMES, however, simply logging off, leaving the computer at the ‘Press Ctrl+Alt+Del’ screen for about 30 seconds or so, then logging in as usual, can solve this without any further intervention, so I’d suggest giving that a go first.

Further suggestions are a bit more involved.

Log in as another user with administrative rights (such as Administrator) and then open the My Computer icon and navigate to the local hard disk and into the Documents and Settings folder. Look there for the folder which has the same name as the user who’s profile cannot be loaded and go into it. You may have to unhide hidden files and folders (from the Tools menu, select Folder Options and then the View tab, then, in the Advanced Settings box, under Hidden Files and Folders select ‘Show hidden files and folders’) and then locate the file NTUSER.DAT and rename it NTUSER.OLD, then log out, and back in as the failed user. This should replace the corrupted file and allow you to log back in.

If that fails for any reason, again, log in as another user with administrative rights (such as Administrator) and then open the My Computer icon and navigate to the local hard disk and into the Documents and Settings folder. Look there for the folder which has the same name as the user who’s profile cannot be loaded and rename the folder; usu... Read more

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windows cannot load users profile but has logged you on wit default profile

This computer is a memeber of the company domain and we have been logging on with the same user for years. I am able to login in safe moded with this user.

I have tried to rename the user folder in the document and settings folder. I followed the advice in this article

That didn't get me anywhere.


A:windows cannot load users profile but has logged you on wit default profile

I would assume that the profile is damaged...create a new one...moved files from old to new.

Copy Data from a Corrupted User Profile to a New Profile in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/811151


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Hi, I'm trying to copy a "dummy" admin profile in Win7 that i have specificly created and configured to the default user profile but the copy to... option is greyed out.
Any help would be greately appreciated.

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Deal all,

i need urgent help. i shut down my Pc normally at my work and when i started today morning and put my user name and login , a windows apears with the following message.


please tell me how can i get my profile back to work normally as before.


A:Windows Cannot Load The User's Profile But Has Logged On With The Default Profile

Have you read this KB article?

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okay this is strange

so I was on my desktop main account and then let my dad log on to a guest account I recently created for him since his laptop isn't working, then when I came back I logged onto my profile I couldn't open any browser, in the case of firefox this came up (firefox can't load host something, missing profile) and chrome (your preferences cannot be read)

then I couln't open some shorcuts (windows cannot find the target. and my utorrent setting reset as well, like if I had never used it, BUT the guest account works perfectly.

I'm able to open firefox with open as administrator but all addons, bookmarks are gone, I can't open the document, picture, and music links on the start menu either

any help is appreciated

A:browsers can't load profile settings on main windows profile

I think I fixed the problem, I did a system restore and everything seems to be working fine

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Has anyone come across this issue happening frequently lately ....

In the past 3 weeks I must have had 20+ PC's / Laptops that have had the same problem (see image below)
Although I know how to fix it and I have had it crop up before, I've never had it hit so many units in such a short space of time.
I've browsed quite a bit to see if there is some sort of virus/malware that may be causing it but there doesn't seem to be anything out there that might be the culprit.

I've scanned all the units for virus/malware and they all seemed to come up pretty clean. +15 of the units were win7 and +5 were win 8.

Any clues would be most welcome
" User Profile Service you have been logged on with the default profile for the system, please see the event log for details or contact your administrator."

A:User Profile Service - default profile

Hi there .. There are loads of Posts on Google about this one .. Here is one below

How to Fix Temporary Profile in Windows 7

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Yeah, you may think this seems like just a normal message from oc'ing too much, but a problem-I haven't overclocked anything! It booted to that point, then my hard drive went mad clicking and crashed. This was after it being turned on and off to see if my graphics card was booting because I had no video, but it turned out I had just been downright stupid and plugged it into the onboard graphics. Anyone know what could have happened? Thanks

P.S. would the power drawing thing (molex on my case fan) need to have a seperate connector or just draw power from another device? Thanks.

A:'Previous overclock settings failed, default settings enabled'

If this happens just once then I wouldn't worry about it too much but the PSU or HDD could have something to do with it.

You can connect a molex connector fan to its own power connector or you can put it on an optical drive's connector for example, but it's ok to do either as they don't use much power.

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My daughter got a hold of my mini HP and I can't figure out password what do I do

A:Bios settings for Mini - what are the default settings

Hi, Are you referring to a Windows log on password or a power on password? If it's a power on password, at the password screen, hit enter 3 times and you should receive a 'halt code' - post back with this code. Regards, DP-K

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this issue is persisting on my work windows 8 computer ( not 8.1)

each time i sign in to my user session ( corporate ad account ) i have the following visible symptims ;
- i receive the welcome to windows 8 screen and animations like i just installed or logged in to the system for the first time
- once finished the desktop are is empty at first in windows explorer ( i used to receive an error saying that desktop folder cannot be found or sth but now it's gone )
- the desktop icons are restored once i toggle the start menu and go back to the desktop and sometimes i have to kill or restart the windows explorer process
- the current keyboard language is defaulted to English instead of french which is set by default ( original override because of my keyboard , the system default language is english in UI )
i have to go to control panel language settings and i have to save and exti to be able to toggle to french , if not alt shit toggle does not find french as being listed !
- some applications store their settings and detect the C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile
I have this issue since a few months now ,
i'm not exactly sure when it first happened But i read somewhere that someone got it because after installaing some software but no mention which software or what type of software can cause this effect in windows 8
can somebody help ?
thanks in advance

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Hi: I work in an area were I administer settings for about 60 users. I want them all to have the same home page regardless of who logs on to their machine. I have figured out a way to do that with a default profile created by me..

However, now there is something wrong. When I go to paste the copy of "Administrator" profile in doc/settings, it tells me that "it can't do it because ntuser is being used by some other person".

Can someone please help me figure out how to fix this probem. Please email me directly(because I don't always get to come here and look).

[email protected]



A:Default Profile XP

Edit the registry key in the .DEFAULT user registry hive and delete all profiles on the computer. Then when anyone logs on, they'll have that home page.

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Hi there,
I have just setup a domain based network using what knoladge I have on the matter. This is which is limited, so I have a couple of maintiance and setup questions to ask. I am going to start with the once I have the biggest problems with on thi tread, pease help!! =S


I have setup roamin profiles and home directories on my domain network using windows 2000 advanced server. I have tried and seam to be going arroud in cirlces trying to make a good profile i can get all my users using. I idally want two profiles, one for administrator, and one for basic-level users. Basically; using this all i want is different user permission set (i.e admin ad user permissions) and things like mapped network drives, and desktop themes. Also favorites, and my documents link to the home directory and printers, e.t.c.

If I cannot have different types of profiles (administrator and user) how could I just make it work for one profile all the accounts load up with the things i listed above.
I hope that makes sense, I have given enough information, and that someone will be able to help.
Many thanks in advance.
p.s u might notice there asre two of the same threads close by, by me, the other called profilex, this is a type, ad i did not mean to endup with to threads saying the same thing!

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hi, some of you will remember me as some guy who has been running around trying to block registry access for users on an XP Home machine. I succeeded finally (by adding a "blockregistrytools=1" value in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System). Seeing as how the XP registry is different from the 9X one, i was wondering if anyone knew what "tree" stores the default profile (eg, all the values that are used what a new user is created.) and are there two different profiles, for administrators and limited users? thanks

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When I setup windows 10 I remove several apps and programs but every time a new domain user logs in it re-installs everything. Is there a way to setup a default profile when all users login? Thanks

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I have a Compaq Presario 1560CF Desktop PC and my dad did a system restore yesterday but he used a different profile for the restore. Now, under C:\Documents and Settings\ there are two folders:


where B is the restored folder. It's not go any of the programs and settings previously so I can't do a lot of my work on B.

Now everytime it starts up, it boots in to B. When I log out, it doesn't show my the option to log in to A.

How do I change the default profile back to the (unrestored) folder?

A:change default profile

Your easiest option would be to create a new account with the name you want. Then, copy the profile you want into that account and delete the unneeded accounts.

You can copy the account from an admin account. Go to Start > Run, and type:


Under the Advanced tab is the profile section and copying is an option within.

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Please help....

I have managed to delete my xp-home default users profile.

So I am having trouble creating a new user account.

Any suggestions please?


A:Default XP users Profile

Maybe you could restore it. Did your check the Recycle Bin? If it is gone just copy another user folder and name it Default User. Then change the Attributes to Read-only and Hidden, which is done by right clicking the folder, selecting Properties, and checking the boxes.

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How do I make changes to a default profile in XP so that everyone who logs into the computer gets all the settings I have specified in a default profile?

I know how to copy a profile from one user to another, but I want to be able to establish settings (desktop wallpaper, etc) on an XP machine and then ghost or image the drive... and have every person who logs into the machine get all the settings in their newly created profile.



A:Modifying the default profile in XP?

Have you tried logging in as Admin and setting it up that way? or possibly creating a login script or a batch file that will run the first time they login and profile gets built?

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I am currently trying to setup a default user profile for the computers that I often am required to image and then profile. We do not use roaming profiles because most users have their own computers. But everytime I setup a computer I then have to login as the user and set them up with the tweaks we use.

I have figured out how to get the Default User profile to take most of the tweaks that we use, then I can just copy the default user folder from one computer to another to complete the profile setup that way but I have not determined how to get everything to work.

Currently my main concern is how do I configure the default user profile to have default settings for outlook? Normally I would need to open outlook and create a profile in outlook using the users username as the email the exchange server is 90% of the time always the same. Is it possible to create a default user profile that can automatically setup outlook's profile as well using a predetermined value? Something like %%username%% so that I do not need to configure every computer that comes through her everytime someone new logs onto it?

If this is possible I would greatly appreciate any help!


A:Default User XP Profile

No intention on bumping this thread just wanted to add some more information.

I believe this may need to be moved to the Outlook area on the forum now instead but here goes, I have determined how to automate the profile setup by using a PRF file. From what I have read once you have a working PRF file, which I do you can set the ImportPRF setting in

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\Outlook\11.0\Setup\ImportPRF=%UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\DefaultProfile\default.prf

This is where I saved the default.prf file I created. As well it says to make sure FirstRun key is deleted which I have done. Now when I run the PRF file manually without going through the registry it works like a charm, but when trying to use the registry to do this it does not use the PRF file and just runs as normal.

Is there anything I could be doing wrong? Any other suggestions?

Again thanks,

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I'm trying to create a new default profile, with custom desktop icons etc.

So I log into the built-in administrator account and delete the only other existing user profile. I setup the admin account profile how I want with desktop shortcuts and custom settings etc. Then I use a live ubuntu disk to rename the 'default' account to default.bak and copy-paste the administrator account and rename to 'Default', Then I log back into the windows administrator account and mark my new 'Default' profile as hidden. So then I sysprep the system ready for imaging, but when a new profile is created it does everything I expect, except the desktop has a desktop.ini file thats not hidden, same shows in the start menu and in every folder that I open, there is a desktop.ini file. Can anyone tell me why this is happening please?


A:Default profile problem

Go to Start in Control Panel go to "Folder Options" then go to "View" scroll down to
"Do not Show hidden files, folders and drives" make sure that is checked. Now go to "Hide protected operating system files and folders (Recommend)" make sure that is check marked.

Then when done select "OK"

Edit: What do you mean by custom icons, are you using a icon pack software, or windowblinds? Did you change the Windows Shell32.dll file?

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Gmail has recently been VERY slow in responding and a message came up suggesting a few things to do if it continues. One of these brilliant suggestions was that my profile may be corrupted and proposed doing this to create a new profile:-
%USER PROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User data\Default

Then to rename the Default file to Backup Default. So simple and so stupid. I assumed that the new Default file would take over all the contents of the old Default file. WRONG ! It created a brand new file with nothing in it and re-invented the wheel. I ended up with a skeleton Chrome system with nothing there, all my old system was GONE !

A moment of panic, then common sense took over and I pit my humble brain against the idiot who suggested that insane measure.

I renamed the new Default to Default Backup and renamed the old Default from Backup Default back to Default. My old system came back immediately and all was normal again. It never cured the Gmail slow response, but I got my system fully restored.

Next move was a pleasure, I deleted the crap new renamed Default Backup file to the Recycle Bin and deleted it. I am now back to normal perfection and can only hope that imbecile who suggested that stupid thing to do is confined to the Funny Farm where he belongs.

A:Changing your Profile Default

Think of a possible cause of a problem;
test the hypothesis in a non-destructive way (which includes knowing how to get back to the original condition);
fix the problem if the cause was found or else resume with the original condition having eliminated one possible cause.

I've used that trouble shooting technique for computer related problems for at least 50 years. Since I am obviously also an "imbecile" could you inform me (in very simple terms, of course) what exactly is wrong with that technique, and why I should remove it from my tool box?

It's too bad you had the same slowness with the new profile, but at least now you know that profile corruption is not the cause. Or maybe it's not good to know that?

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  I manage computer labs at a school.  I image the lab computers using WIM images.  When I create the image, I use copyprofile in the answer file to copy the Administrator profile to the default users profile, and I have a number of items
configured in the profile that each user gets when he or she first logs in.
  So now I need to make a change to that default profile. Is there a way to change the default profile without having to reimage the computer all over again?

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last night when i went to got on i got a message along the lines of "cant load profile, being sent to temp profile". and true to its word, it logged me on with a default profile, by this i mean close to empty desktop and settings, very few services running and so on.

i poked around for a while and have found a few things,
in event viewer under windows logs -> apps i have this error:
"Windows cannot load the user's profile but has logged you on with the default profile for the system.

DETAIL - Access is denied."

if i open up a cmd my default dir is set to "c:\users\TEMP\" but if i run "whoami" i get the correct "laptopname/Josht"

if i make a new profile they seem to load fine so at one point i thought id just try to migrate my self to a new accont but that fails as "You are currently logged in to a temp profile"

i also notced under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList" that my user is called "\S-1-5-21-2874428609-2562944749-1494310866-1000.bak" none of the others have a .bak.

the sercuity on my home folder allows full control for "administrators" and "SYSTEM" but for "josht" (me) was missing "full control" and "modify", i thought this was a bit weird so i set it for full control but on sevreal folders it got denied access (AppData and alike)
sadily it didnt help

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A:Being logged on with to default profile.

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I am having some wierd issues with the Default User..

My goal is to copy over a pre-designed profile to the default user folder, via the User Profile settings in the System Settings dialog...

This has worked before, but now, it doesnt seem to work quite right..

Shortcuts are not appearing (on desktop/program menu/quicklaunch) that I know were there before, and icons on the desktop are not the places I want them to be.

What happens if I delete all the contents of the defualt user folder, and then copy a profile into it.. would this work?

Why is it doing this all of the sudden..

And I need this done - this is a base image of a computer that will be put onto 17 in 1 room, all with different accounts, but need to have the same things show up for all..

A:XP Default User Profile

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I'm trying to set up a Windows 8 image. I want to edit the default profile so that when a new user signs on, they have the settings that I choose. In Windows 7 Pro, we could log on with a dummy account, edit the profile how we wanted it, then just copy and paste the information into the Default User Profile. With 8, when we do this, it doesn't always work. Most of the time, once it's on the domain, domain users cannot sign in. Or when they do sign in, the Metro tiles don't work. If anyone has found a good way to edit and set up the default profile I would love to hear it.


A:Need help copying/modifying default profile.

Hi BigMattAttack, welcome to the Eight Forums.

It's easiest done in Audit Mode while setting up the Windows for an image. As the method is exactly the same in Windows 8 as in Windows 7, our tutorials for this can be found on our sister forums the Seven Forums:
User Profile - Customize During Installation - Windows 7 Help ForumsSystem Preparation Tool - Use to Customize Windows - Windows 7 Help Forums

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Greetings everyone. This is my first post however, I do use this site for information and research. Here's my scenario:

I have created an Windows 8 Professional image on a Dell XPS 12 and have everything configured. I'm ready to customize my Default user profile but I'm not sure that I'm doing it correctly. I have created and imaged several Windows 7 PC's.

Steps to customize Default profile:

1. Log in as an administrator with another account (not the built in administrator account).
2. Double click the Users file (c:\users) and select show hidden files.
3. Right click on the Default hidden folder and rename to Default Back.
4. Make a copy of the profile that you want to customize (c:\users\joe)
5. Rename the copy of joe to Default.
6. Got to Advanced system settings and delete original joe profile.
7. Run sysprep.


Everything works with the exception of the Metro tiles. After you copy the original profile and rename it to Default, the Metro tiles stop working. You cannot open any of the built in Metro apps such as IE, Mail, Calendar, Messenger, etc...

Please tell me that I'm doing something obviously wrong. The above method works on my Window 7 images but has an adverse effect in Windows 8 by disabling the Metro tiles.

Thanks is advance,


A:How do you prepare the Default profile before imaging?

Finally figured it out and the Modern (Metro) tiles work!. The Windows 8 procedures for customizing the Default user profile are completely different from Windows 7. I'm attaching some useful links below that will allow you to make a copy of your Default profile successfully:

How to Customize the Default User Profile by Using CopyProfile: How to Customize the Default User Profile by Using CopyProfile

How to Capture an Image for Deployment: How to Capture an Image for Deployment (Generalize)

How to Customize the Start Screen: How to Customize the Start Screen

Removing Built-in Applications from Windows 8: Removing Built-in Applications from Windows 8 - The Deployment Guys - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

Removing or Updating Windows 8 built-in Windows Store apps causes Sysprep to fail: Removing or Updating Windows 8 built-in Windows Store apps causes Sysprep to fail

Hope this helps.


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OS: Windows 7

I have been looking at how to create a default profile without using SysPrep. There is a lot of information on the web on how it could be done in XP by just using a "copy to" command, and how it is not possible under Windows 7. The officially supported method from Microsoft involves using SysPrep. Official method despite being too complex for most also has the added disadvantage that it is meant to be used when setting up an image for deploy. I needed a method that I could use on a PC during any stage of its life cycle (i.e. both pre-deploy and post-deploy times) without going through SysPrep.

There are several ways listed on the web on how to "fool" Windows into accepting any profile as Default. A sampling of those methods is: creating a user and then copying its c:\users folder and renaming it to Default, OR updating DefaultProfile registry key to point to the desired profile's folder, OR using a hack to enable 'Copy To' button in Windows Profiles dialog box, etc. All of those methods work to an extent BUT also result in side-effects to solve which MS brought up the SysPrep method. I have also come across methods which attempt to resolve these issues by running a bat file to update certain registry keys upon every logon. That wasn?t acceptable to me either due to extra overhead of maintaining a bat file/login script, etc.

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A:Here's how to create a Default Profile without using SysPrep

That looks like it should work.

Similar to what I do when building pe (except when building pe I use the default hive itself - not ntuser, because I point the profileimagepath at x:\users\default )

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Once again here I am looking to you all to re-learn how to do something?

I?ve created the master profile I want to use. Now I want to make it the Default User profile. OK, we reboot ? log on as the Local Admin - go to System Properties - Advanced ? User Profiles ? Settings ? select the profile to be copied AND? the Copy To button is grayed out!

How does one copy the New & Improved Master Profile and make it the Default User profile?

On a side note the New & Improved profile is a whopping 5.68G is size! It all seems to be located in the Local, Low Local and Roaming folders. How important is this stuff to my new profile? Anything to do with XP Mode I need for and older app?

A:Copy To the Default User profile

You can read this: How to fix a damaged profile to see if it will do what you want. Althought I think you will need to view that advanced tab as administrator.

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Hi. i'm sorry if i ask something dumb coz i am!
i'm new in using windows 7 and dont know how to cook the system. all i can operate is the one and only microsoft word.
so here's my problem: my laptop was reinstalled. and when i checked it, i found the default profile (or computer?) name changed to be "test".
is there any way to change the name? coz i cant right-click it...
thank you in advance.

A:How to change default profile/computer name?


Before doing the following, make a backup of your essential data (photos, music, documents etc.) in case those are lost when you make the changes.

You will need your Admin Credentials - Go to Control Panel>User Accounts and Family Safety>User Accounts>Change Your Account Name
To change the Computer Name - Right Click My Computer from the Start Orb (Or Desktop)>Select Properties>Modify via "Change Settings"
Hope this helps and keep us posted on your results


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I'm trying to copy my profile to the default profile on a laptop and I found that the default profile isn't listed as a choice. Anyone know why this is and how to fix it?

A:Solved: Default Profile not listed

You can't use the "User Accounts" tool to copy setting sover to the Default use since the default user is not really a user.

What are you trying to accomplish? Copying desktop settings to the default so everyone sees the same desktop?

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I work for a large public school district. We have been playing with Windows 7 and find that it may be a very solid product to use in our district... but there's a catch.

Businesses may be different, because typically there's only 1 user who users 1 system. However, in a school district, we have hundreds of students who use the library. Hundreds that use any of our computer labs. Hundreds that may take CADD, Business, Photoshop, or a series of other classes. As a result, our computer installs for each lab/school (elem/middle/high) vary by a lot.

The fix? Default profiles. They have been a blessing to use. Since we're using XP Pro SP3 in our district, it's easy to do. Set the profile up the way we need, desktop icons, program settings, printers, etc... copy to default, and BAM. Every student has the exact same stuff.

In order for Windows 7 to work in our environment... we need this... I tried Vista a few months ago for testing and I gave Vista the thumbs down for this exact reason. Windows 7 is looking to be a promising stepping stone for the future of Microsoft, so I'm sure it'll be here for quite a long time.

How can we edit the default profile? What's the process in copying the default profile over? How can I accomplish what I explained above with 7 that I do currently in XP?

I keep in close contact with several other school districts. Although the others are eyeballing 7, nobody is planning to act for at least 1 year into 7's release. However - I'm positive nobody in ... Read more

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

Details are on step 9.
How to Sysyprep Windows 7 Machine / Copy Administrator to Default Profile | eHow.com

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Hi all
I posted this to the MS Answers site and they suggested that it was a little too technical for them and sent me here.
I have an interesting problem. I have four users and a few PCs that each serve a different function and requires different data. Users are CONSTANTLY floating around. I do regular profile clearing with a Powershell script that removes the user's local folder
and the relevant registry entries. So almost each time someone logs in, they are treated as a new user. Now, each computer has a seperate physical harddrive for each user (4 users + 1 system drive = 5 physical drives per PC). I already have them being attached
at user logon and dettached at logoff. Sort of like a network share but a physical drive in the machine. It has been fun to get that working but that is not my issue.
The users get a symbolic link redirecting the "C:\Users\<user name>\Documents" to the "M:\Documents" (M-Drive is the physical harddrive that gets assigned at logon). This is created by part of a login script that removes the old Documents and puts
in a symbolic link. Because I constantly have to keep clearing profiles, I need to constantly recreate these links. It adds time onto the login time and only Administrators can create these links so I have had to turn off the UAC to have it all happen automatically.
I cannot use a redirect policy because the applications are hardcoded to write to the C:, which is why I need a symbolic link. ... Read more

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There's not a lot of hard information online about the correct way to make User Profile 'X' into a new default profile.

Getting a new user-profile configured properly is simple enough. What I'm having problems with, is making that profile the new system default, so that ALL new user-profiles created thereafter end up with all the same settings.

I'm a PC tech and I can do this easily in XP, but the XP method doesn't work in Vista. And a quick Google seems to indicate that not too many folk are aware of a method that DOES work. There are a lot of opinions, but nothing I've found so far has been 100% workable.

So, does anyone here have a simple and succinct walkthrough for this process? Like, have you personally tried (not just read about) a method that works? As I said, I'm a tech, but I'm not a programmer or a vbs guru, so I'd prefer something that's straightforward.

Thanks :-)

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In the past... (since windows 98, sorry, showing my age) We have always been able to do the first time logon, setup all the applications, desktop settings, IE settings, everything, with a 'profile' user. We then rebooted the machine, logged on as adminstrator and Deleted the contents of the 'default user' folder and copied that 'profile' user sub folders into the 'default user' folder. We would then reset the permissions on that, 'default user' and all the sub folders of the 'default user' folder to allow access. This way when ANY user logs into the machine all the settings are as they should be rather than having to go through them all again from the begining each and every time a FTL (first time logon) occurs. It is also very helpful when a profile becomes corrupted and you have to start over.

When I try this in windows 7 64bit I've now messed it up so that ANY new user that logs in gets an error message saying they've been logged in with temporary profile and all changes will be lost when log out. Although, all the setting seem to be there. So I'm just missing the something that tells windows 7 this new default is ok.

Can this still be done? What are the steps now? What has changed and how do we accopmlish this, at one time, simple task? {I have done this successfully with Vista 32 bit}

I have asked MS about this but I don't like their answer as they don't like us doing this.

A:creating a re-usable default profile

the only way to do this now, is during sysprep, by using the /copyprofile switch.

if your customizing an install, you can get everything the way you want it on the administrator profile, then run sysprep and the copyprofile switch will copy it to the default user. You could also push most of the setting through active directory. The rest you can get with regedits.

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Frequently, I get the following message when trying to bring up Mozilla Firefox:
Firefox cannot use the default profile because it is in use. Choose another profile or create a new one.

The only way I can get rid of it is by logging out and logging in again. Have been using Firefox for about 4 months and this just started a few weeks ago.

Windows 2000
Foxfire 1.0.2

Thanks for the help.

A:Firefox default profile problem

I have a similar issue once in a while, instead of logging out try CTRL+ALT+DEL and end the Firefox.exe process in the task manager. You should be able to relaunch Firefox after doing this.

You can also take a look at this knowledge base article at mozillazine it might be helpful in your situation.

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I am currently setting up an image for a small business. The image is Windows 10.
I have the admin profile all set up the way I want the other profiles to look, after sysprep has been ran and the oobe crap has worked.
Question is, how do I get the standard default profile to look the way I have my admin profile?
For instance, I have a custom background with the company logo, a few changes to the start menu and taskbars, and some desktop shortcuts.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

A:Copy default profile for imaging

You need to use the CopyProfile component in settings pass Specialize in your answer file, setting its value to True:

<settings pass="specialize">
<component ... (here the long list w. language, processor architecture and so on) ... >
Tutorial: Windows 10 Image - Customize in Audit Mode with Sysprep - Windows 10 Forums

Notice that as has been discussed in the above mentioned tutorial thread, the CopyProfile component has a minor bug and we are waiting Microsoft to fix it. At the moment it also copies the recent files of the built-in administrator in Audit Mode to default user profile, and adds the built-in admin's desktop to end user's Quick Access. Workaround is to completely emtpy the built-in admin desktop and recent files in Audit Mode before sysprepping, and removing the Desktop shortcut from the File Explorer Quick Access.


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In order to have my domain users login to a default desktop/profile when logging into a machine for the first time, I configured the local administrative profile and copied to the default user folder (permission to use: \everyone).

It works great with the exception of this: when trying to run setup.exe files (different apps) I will get the following error: Can't run 16-bit windows program - unable to locate setup.exe or one of its components.

All users have local administrative access to the machines. Even logging in as local administrator results in the same error message.

For reference, this error does not occur on XP systems where the default profile setup as outlined above.

Any suggestions or ideas on how to correct?

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Once again here I am looking to you all to re-learn how to do something…

I’ve created the master profile I want to use. Now I want to make it the Default User profile. OK, we reboot – log on as the Local Admin - go to System Properties - Advanced – User Profiles – Settings – select the profile to be copied AND… the Copy To button is grayed out!

How does one copy the New & Improved Master Profile and make it the Default User profile?

On a side note the New & Improved profile is a whopping 5.68G is size! It all seems to be located in the Local, Low Local and Roaming folders. How important is this stuff to my new profile? Anything to do with XP Mode I need for and older app?

A:Copy To the Default User profile

Here's a nice step by step with screenshots.


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Hey guys,
Our company has been following a procedure for several years for the installation and setup of Windows XP Pro based client machines. One of the settings we always did, was once one profile was setup (eg Administrator) to company standard; we would restart the computer, log on as a different user (not Administrator), navigate to "C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator" and copy all the files and folders and paste them into "C:\Documents and Settings\Default User" (overwriting all of the default users settings). Then we would be able to log on as a different user, and it would pull up the default user profile (which is matched with the Administrators profile now) and it would be fine.

Now we are dealing with windows Vista based client machines, therefore having to redo the procedure. We have been able to adjust most settings, but we have got stuck with this one. In "C:\Users" there is a "Default" profile, and we tried to copy across the profile we adjusted, and logged on as a different user, but it hasn't carried across the profile changes.

Does anyone know how we can get around this? Its a setting we really need to have, if we can't do this, then we might have to stick with Windows XP Pro for now.


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If you use Windows Administrative Tools> Windows Firewall with Advanced Security to Restore Default Profile, the rules for Mail , People, and other apps will be gone.

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Hi, could someone answer a question. i am setting up 20 computers in a school and want all the users to login with the same username and password. is it possible to have 1 profile for the one user that goes onto all the computers once they login. i want to stop messing with all the settings etc.. so when they logout nothing is remembered.
at the moment i can login with the user but they can add files and folders to the desktop, change shortcut names and right-click and access the software for the video card to change settings.
i don't know if i'm going about this the right way, the group policies seem to work but i can't lockdown the pc as tight as i'd like.

Thanks in advance

A:group policy and default profile

Deep Freeze would be a good solution.

Windows Steady State might be able to do what you want as well.

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I am used to setting up xp machines where i would log in as myself and make all of the desktop, network and shell changes and copy my profile over top of the default user profile. this would ensure that any user logging into the computer for the first time would have the setup I want them to have so they can start working right away.
Is there a tutorial on how to do this on windows 7?


A:Default user profile tutorial?

I believe what you need is the group policy editor. Type "group policy" into the search bar and click on it. That should let you make changes for all users if I'm not mistaken.

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