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Old 11-17-2012, 12:02 PM   #1
terrie
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Default Windows 7 - copy / duplicate a user profile

In WinXP, it's fairly straightfoward to copy / duplicate a user profile using Control Panel > System > Advanced tab, User Profiles section, Settings via the "Copy To" button. Unfortunately, in Windows 7, the "Copy To" button is only active when the Default profile is highlighted. After searching around quite a bit, I was able to find a way to copy / duplicate a Windows 7 user profile using the WinXP approach. I've only copied Admin level user profile to Admin level user profile but I think one can also copy Standard level user profile to Standard level user profile if one is logged into an Admin level profile while doing the copy/duplicate. I'm going to outline the steps--looks more involved and daunting than it actually is to do--but I've also created a PDF which I've attached.


Windows 7 - How to Copy / Duplicate an Existing User Profile

Note1:
Many online search results will lead you to a Microsoft page on repairing a corrupt profile but this approach does a (destructive) move of the originating user profile data which essentially destroys that profile (only the AppData\Local folder remains in the originating user profile) so the approach outlined on the Microsoft corrupt profile repair page is NOT recommended.



Note 2:
To use the procedures outlined below, you will need at least 3 user profiles:
1. The originatinguserprofile –the copy-from user profile
2. The receivinguserprofile–the copy-to user profile (see section: II Preliminary 2 Create a New User ccount/Profile)
3. The workinguserprofile–the user profile from which you do the copying (see section: II Preliminary 2 Create a New User Account/Profile)


I. Preliminary 1 - Windows Enabler (free):


Note:
This little app will allow you to "activate" (un-grey) the "Copy To" button in Control Panel > System > Advanced System Settings > Advanced tab > User Profiles
1. Download the Windows Enabler 1.1 application
Note: This link was updated on 2/12/16 because the original link was no longer valid. This softpedia.com link download has been tested and is valid (malware and virus free) as of 2/12/16.

2.
Create a new folder in C:\ --let's name it EnablerApp--and copy the windowsenablerv1.1.zip file from your download area to this new folder

3.
Unzip the zip file into the folder you created in Step 2

4.
Highlight Windows Enabler.exe, right click, choose Properties > Compatibility tab and CHECKmark "Run this program as Administrator"

5.
See III. Copy/Duplicate Existing User Profile, Steps 2-4, 8 and 13 below on when to use this application


II. Preliminary 2 - Create a new user profile:


Note: As noted above, you need at least 3 user profiles so if you only have one existing user profile (presumably, what will be the originatinguserprofile), you will need to, create 2 new user accounts using the procedures outlined in this section–one to use as the receivinguserprofile, and one to use as the workinguserprofile.
1. Control Panel > User Accounts > Manage Another Account > Create New Account
2. Enter the new user profile name, select the user account type and the user picture–this will be our receivinguserprofile.
Note: This process of copy/duplicating has been done only from Admin level user profile to Admin level user profile and while it should work from Standard level to Standard level, that has not been tested..
3. Reboot and log in to the new user account to initialize it

4.
Repeat Steps 1-3 if you need to create another new user account to use as the workinguserprofile.


III. Copy/Duplicate Existing User Profile:


Note: As noted above, for the copy/duplicate process to work you must have at least 3 user accounts. You must be logged in to the workinguserprofile to perform the copy/duplicate process. In other words, you cannot be logged in to the user profile from which (originatinguserprofile) you wish to copy/duplicate or the user profile to which (receivinguserprofile) you are copying/duplicating.
1. If you are not logged in to your workinguserprofile, reboot and login to it

2.
Open Explorer and navigate to the EnablerApp folder in C:\ (see I. Preliminary 1, Steps 1-3)

3.
Double click on Windows Enabler.exe --"run as admin" set?

4.
An icon will appear in the Notifications area--depending on how you have set Notifications to display, you may need to click on the Up-arrow icon to the left of the Notifications area, choose "Customize", find the Windows Enabler icon and set it to "Show Icon and Notifications"

5.
Control Panel > System > Advanced System Settings > Advanced tab > User Profiles section

6.
Click on the "Settings" button in the "User Profiles" section

7.
Highlight the user profile name you wish to copy from–this is the originatinguserprofile. Note that the “Copy To” button (down to the right) will be greyed out (it’s active only when the Default user profile is highlighted)

8.
Click on the Windows Enabler icon in the Notifications area ONCE--note that the Windows Enabler icon in Notifications now displays "ON"--depending on how you have set Notifications to display, you may need to click on the Up-arrow icon to the left of the Notifications area, choose "Customize", find the Windows Enabler icon and set it to "Show Icon and Notifications"

9.
Click on the the "Copy To" button ONCE and it becomes active (no longer greyed out)

10.
Click on the "Copy To" button again and the Copy To window will display

11.
In the “Copy Profile To” section of the “Copy To” window:
a. Click on the “Browse” button

b.
Navigate to C:\Users\receivinguserprofile and highlight it (where receivinguserprofile is the user profile to which you are copying and created in II. Preliminary 2, Steps 1-3)

c.
Click the “OK” button and the (file) location will be loaded in to the “Copy Profile To” sub-window–you should see something like C:\Users\receivinguserprofile (where receivinguserprofile is the user profile to which you are copying and created in II. Preliminary 2, Steps 1-3)

12.
In the “Permitted to Use” section of the “Copy To” window:
a. Click on the “Change” button

b.
In the “Enter the object name to be selected (examples):” section of the “Change” window, type in the receivinguserprofile user profile name (where receivinguserprofile is the user profile you are copying to), click on the “OK” button

c.
“OK” and “Yes” to the “Replace existing data” query of the user profile you are copying to, “OK” out

13.
Click on the Windows Enabler icon in the Notification area and the "ON" will disappear (effectively, you've turned Windows Enabler off)

14.
Reboot and login to newly copied user profile (receivinguserprofile). The desktop icons, desktop color and other settings should be identical to the user profile you copied from (originatinguserprofile).

The only exception to the copy/duplicate is C:\Users\receivinguserprofile\AppData\Local (where receivinguserprofile is the user profile you copied to) which does not appear to be copied from your original (copied from, originatinguserprofile) user profile in the process.

If there are any applications which load in your original (copied from, originatinguserprofile) user profile from AppData\Local, you may need to log in to your workinguserprofile and then manually copy the appropriate AppData\Local subfolders from your original (copied from, originatinguserprofile) user profile to the AppData\Local in the new (copied to, receivinguserprofile) user profile. My Datacolor Spyder3Elite monitor calibration load-at-startup application needed to be copied from my original (copied from, originatinguserprofile) user profile AppData\Local\ to my new (copied to, receivinguserprofile) user profile AppData\Local\


Note:
The following link might be useful as it has screen shots of the Windows Enabler application:
http://www.smattie.com/2012/04/02/ha...-in-windows-7/


See below for the link to the PDF of the process outlined above.
Attached Files
File Type: pdf win7CopyUserProfile.pdf (23.4 KB, 1046 views)

Last edited by terrie; 02-12-2016 at 11:21 PM. Reason: update/re-edit NOTE: original link to "Windows Enabler" app has been changed because original link is no longer valid
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