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How to Prevent Certain Folders from Uploading to Central Profile

This article was previously published under Q188692
IMPORTANT: This article contains information about editing the registry.Before you edit the registry, make sure you understand how to restore it ifa problem occurs. For information on how to do this, view the "Restoringthe Registry" online Help topic in Regedit.exe or the "Restoring a RegistryKey" online Help topic in Regedt32.exe.
Service Pack 4 for Windows NT 4.0 adds to the user profile replicationalgorithm the ability to prevent certain folders from being uploaded to thecentral user profile. This is especially helpful to prevent the TemporaryInternet Files from uploading at logoff time with the rest of the user'sprofile.
This new functionality can be implemented in two different ways. The usercan manually edit their profile in the Registry to set their preferences,or the System Administrator can implement a system policy.

Information on which folders to exclude is actually stored in two keys inthe Registry -- one key for the user preferences and the other dictated bya system policy. When the user logs off, the two lists are merged into onecomplete list.

WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems thatmay require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannotguarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editorcan be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

For information about how to edit the registry, view the "Changing Keys AndValues" online Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) or the "Add andDelete Information in the Registry" and "Edit Registry Data" online Helptopics in Regedt32.exe. Note that you should back up the registry beforeyou edit it.

User preferences are stored in the following key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Add the value ExcludeProfileDirs as REG_SZ. The directory names should beentered relative to the root of the profile, and must be separated bysemicolons.

For example:
Temporary Internet Files;Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook;Personal

To exclude folders through a system policy, follow these steps:

  1. In System Policy Editor, load the templates Common.adm and Winnt.adm.
  2. Create a new policy.
  3. Open Default User, and then expand Windows NT User Profiles.
  4. Select "Exclude directories in roaming profile."
  5. In the text box provided, enter the directory names you want to exclude. As above, the directories must be relative to the root of the user's profile, and multiple entries must be separated by semicolons.
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Article ID: 188692 - Last Review: 11/01/2006 04:47:00 - Revision: 2.1

Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4, Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition, Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4

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