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    Creating Profiles (XP SP2)

    Hi,

    I use a laptop at work that I periodically take home with me so I can work during my (LONG!!) commute. I want to set up, I think, a profile for when I'm disconnected from the network at work so that I can boot up faster (doesn't search for the 10 logical mapped network drives, etc.). I also want to change the startup programs so that Outlook doesn't start, etc. All in an attempt to get me booted up faster while disconnected.

    I want to be able to use the same programs in either mode, and use the same application configuration settings (Office, etc.), just avoid performing any unnecessary bootup steps that assume a network connection.

    Can soemone advise me what the best approach would be and how to do it, especially pointing me to any useful links? I am assuming I need to set up a separate profile...is this correct? If so, how do I do this?

    Thanks for the help!

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    Re: Creating Profiles (XP SP2)

    To create hardware profiles:

    - Open System Properties (from Control Panel or by right-clicking My Computer icon and selecting Properties from pop-up menu).
    - Click Hardware tab, then Hardware Profiles button in Hardware Profiles section.
    - In Hardware Profiles window click Copy button to copy your existing hardware profile. Choose appropriate name for the profile (for example, "Out of Office"). You can also rename your existing profile (to, for example, "On site"). Choose preferable time to display the menu to choose the profile and default profile.
    - Now both profiles are the same. Reboot your computer, choose the profile you want to change, logon and make necessary changes (disconnect mapped drives, stop and change startup type for services, remove programs from autorun, etc.). Windows will remember your settings.

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    Re: Creating Profiles (XP SP2)

    Thanks for the reply, but I'm a bit confused. I suppose from what you're saying I need to set up a separate hardware profile just to un-map all of the network drives -- although I would have though this wouldn't be hardware-related, I expected to do this as part of my Windows Explorer "setup" for a new software profile. Also, how does the separate profile help me with preventing Outlook (and other programs listed in my Startup folder) from starting up with the new profile? My goal is not to disable the ability to create network connections, just remove the ones that I have when I'm in disconnected mode.

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    Re: Creating Profiles (XP SP2)

    It has been a long time since I have used hardware profiles, and never in XP (Home or Pro). So forgive me if I end up asking a dumb question or two.

    If some of the settings that have to be changed are in the startup directory (ex C:WINDOWSAll UsersStart MenuProgramsStartUp), won't this change be effective in both Hardware Profiles ? Do you need to create a Logon profile (Ex OutOfOffice) also ?

    What about services that are in the Registry (Ex HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftCurrentVersionRun) - this is where I would stop my auto registry scan along with some other security features. Would these changes be comon to all logon profiles ? I would presume the changes to HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftCurrentVersionRun (or HKEY_Current_User) WOULD be specific to the logon profile being used.

    Or ...

    Am I missing something obvious here ?
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    Re: Creating Profiles (XP SP2)

    Take a look at the programs here: Shareware downloads Networking - Misc. Networking Tools at SnapFiles.com. Several claim to help you manage multiple network profiles. All are shareware. This Freeware downloads Networking - Misc. Networking Tools at SnapFiles.com is the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> side of the house.

    As far as manipulating the start up setting why not use msconfig.exe. Just run it before you shut down at work and disable what you wish. Then at home before you shut down to return to work run it again and re-enable what you wish.

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    Re: Creating Profiles (XP SP2)

    Sorry, my fault. I assumed you wish to use another type of connections (connect to your home network instead of office network).

    If you wish to change your user profile settings only, as mapped drives and autostart programs, it is better to create a new user profile.

    Make sure that you logon to the account with Administrator rights. Then click Start | Run, type CONTROL USERPASSWORDS2 and hit Enter.
    User Accounts window will open. If Users tab is selected, click Add button under "Users for this computer" list and follow the wizard.
    Logoff from your current account, logon to your new account and configure it as you wish.

    If you want some programs to start from one account only, move shortcuts (keys) from
    Cocuments and SettingsAll UsersStart MenuProgramsStartup
    to Cocuments and Settings<username>Start MenuProgramsStartup
    and from
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentV ersionRun
    to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionRun

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    Re: Creating Profiles (XP SP2)

    kaplinb:

    Thank you very much! This is exactly what I needed. It's what I though I needede to do, I just wasn't sure how to do it. One additional step that other readers need to know is that before attempting to add a user account I needed to go into Computer Management and add the local user ot the Users group before I could add an account. So, for me, I just created an "undocked" user for the laptop and then added the account.

    Thanks again for the great instructions!

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