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    Copy User Profile (Vista Business)

    I have a primary admin account set up w/ the Desktop, display settings & all the configurations the way I want them to be. On the same workstation, there are 4 new user accounts created. Rather than sign in and reconfigure each user account manually from scratch, is there a way to copy all the settings from the primary admin user to the other user accounts so that they will all be identical?

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    Re: Copy User Profile (Vista Business)

    OK, here is an easy way to do this that I've successfully tested with Vista Business & Windows Server 2008 Standard:

    - Delete all the accounts except the Admin with all the settings, Desktop, config, etc. the way you want them
    - Turn off the UAC in Control Panel > User Accounts > reboot
    - Create two new user accounts, one for using to login (let's call it 'Setup') since you can't copy the Admin profile while you are in it & one to copy the Admin profile to (let's call it 'NewUser')
    - Logon to each of the new 'Setup' & 'NewUser' accounts to initialize them & then log off
    - Login as 'Setup'
    - Open Control Panel > System > Advanced system settings
    - Click 'Advanced' tab > 'Settings' button under 'User Profiles'
    - Select the Admin profile > click 'Copy To...' button
    - Click 'Browse' button > navigate to 'NewUser' (C:UsersNewUser')
    - Click 'OK' > 'Yes' to 'Confirm Copy' > 'OK' > 'OK'
    - Logoff 'Setup' > login to 'NewUser'

    A new profile is now created which is identical in feel, look, settings & config to the Admin account. <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>

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