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    Migrating User Settings (Pro)

    Mark very kindly showed me how to move startup shortcuts from one account to the allusers account. Is there any way to migrate or duplicate program settings? For example, is it possible to access the same Outlook Express Identity from different User accounts. I'd like to make an everyday user account with very limited privileges and an Administrator account with full privileges but I'd like to have the same program settings for most programs in both accounts. Is there a way to do this or is it an unnecessary idea? <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Migrating User Settings (Pro)

    Chris, I haven't tried it personally, but there is a Files and Settings Transfer Wizard that ships with XP - it may well do what you're looking for, and then again it might be complete overkill. Take a look at it, it lives in Start - All Programs - Accessories - System Tools (if you're using the new XP start menu).
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    Re: Migrating User Settings (Pro)

    Chris, Youu can also try MY Computer | Properties | Advanced | User Profiles settings. You can copy settings from one user to another. Not sure just how much will be copied as the description is not very complete.

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    Re: Migrating User Settings (Pro)

    I've done the trick Joe mentioned, Chris to make one user profile look the same as another, although I don't use OE so I can't say anything about that. One requirement is that you can't copy a profile while it's logged on. That's how come, in my case, I use the "built-in" Administrator account for such goings-on, since I don't normally use it.

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    Re: Migrating User Settings (Pro)

    Thanks everyone. I looked at the Files and Transfer Settings Wizard and it was heavy-duty. Tomorrow I'll have a go at the method Joe and Big Al mentioned. Will I actually need three accounts. One to be on, one to copy from and one to copy to?

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    Re: Migrating User Settings (Pro)

    I'm pretty sure that's the case. I have three user accounts: the built-in admin, myself admin, and my son limited. It wouldn't let me copy my profile while I was logged on.

    I'm gonna do it again soon. Based on a number of "security" tips I've read here in The Lounge, I don't think I should be using an admin account (me) for everyday use. So, I'm going to create a 4th user account for my daily use (limited) and copy my admin profile into it. Let us know how YOU make out.....

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    Re: Migrating User Settings (Pro)

    Making a limited user everyday account is what I want to do. One thing I'm not sure about is what programs, functions etc to include in it and what NOT to include. I haven't made a limited user account before so I'm not really sure how it's done. Any insights would be appreciated.

    Chris

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    Re: Migrating User Settings (Pro)

    Really, I find this is more trial and error than anything else. As a general rule of thumb, I put system utilities (antivirus, firewalls, low-level utilities) into the administrative account so that the temptation to tinker isn't there. Also, anything that requires administrative privileges (the software will tell you when you try to run it). Think of the most commonly used things, text editors, office applications et al, and start there. When you find yourself saying <img src=/S/stupidme.gif border=0 alt=stupidme width=30 height=30> log in as an admin user and move the needed app over to the user profile that needs access.

    Remember that you can still create shortcuts and so forth - your rights to install items and use administrative tools for the disk, services, and others will be inaccessible, as they should be.

    HTH,
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