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INTRODUCTION

This article discusses how to customize the default local user profile settings when you create an image on a computer that is running one of the following operating systems:
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2

After you deploy the image, the default local user profile settings are applied to all new users who log on to the computer.

To customize a default user profile or a mandatory user profile, you must first customize the default user profile. Then, the default user profile can be copied to the appropriate shared folder to make that user profile either the default user profile or a mandatory user profile.

When the default user profile is customized as described in this article, it reconstructs the source profile in a format that is appropriate for use by multiple users. This is the only supported method of customizing the default user profile for the Windows operating system. If you try to use other methods to customize the default user profile, it may result in extraneous information being included in this new default user profile. Such extraneous information could lead to serious problems with applications and system stability.

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Note This article supersedes all previously published procedures about how to customize default local user profiles when you prepare images.

How to customize a default user profile in Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2

The only supported method for customizing the default user profile is by using the Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup\CopyProfile parameter in the Unattend.xml answer file. The Unattend.xml answer file is passed to the System Preparation Tool (Sysprep.exe).

Step 1: Configure the default user profile
Step 2: Create an Unattend.xml file that contains the Copy Profile parameter
Step 3: Customize the default user profile in the Unattend.xml file



What to consider if you use Automated Image Build and Deployment Systems

  • When you use tools such as the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit or System Center Configuration Manager, the CopyProfile setting is not required when you run the Sysprep command. These tools usually replace or change the Unattend.xml file after the image is deployed to the disk but before the operating system has started for the first time after you run the Sysprep command. Therefore, the Unattend.xml file that is used in the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit or System Center Configuration Manager deployment process must contain the CopyProfile setting.
  • If you set the CopyProfile setting to true when you run Setup from the Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2 installation media during the image build process, the administrator profile settings may be unintentionally copied into the default user profile. The administrator profile settings are typically present in the Install.wim file on the installation media.

How to turn the default user profile into a network default user profile in Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2

To turn the default user profile into a network default user profile, follow thes steps:

How to turn the default user profile into a mandatory user profile in Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2

You can configure the default local user profile to become a mandatory profile. By doing this, you can have one central profile that is used by all users. To do this, you have to prepare the mandatory profile location, copy the local default user profile to the mandatory profile location, and then configure a user’s profile location to point to the mandatory profile.


Step 1: Prepare the mandatory profile location
Step 2: Copy the default user profile to the mandatory profile location
Step3: Prepare a user account

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Additional Resources

If you are having issues logging on to a user profile, click the following links to view the article on the Microsoft website:
Fix a corrupted user profile
Create a user account

For more information about the steps to customize the default local user profile when you prepare an image for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, view Microsoft Knowledge Base article 959753: How to customize the default local user profile when you prepare an image of Windows XP or Windows Server 2003


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Article ID: 973289 - Last Review: October 2, 2012 - Revision: 16.0
Applies to
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
  • Windows HPC Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Web Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard
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