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How to Set the Path for the Local Default User Profile

This article was previously published under Q214636
In Windows NT 4.0, the local Default User profile was stored in the %SytemRoot%\Profiles\Default User path. There was no way to change this path in Windows NT 4.0. In Windows 2000, you can change the name and the path of the local Default User profile.
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
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The path for the local Default User profile path is determined by two registry entries. The following registry entry sets the name of the directory in which the Default User profile is stored:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\DefaultUserProfile Reg_Sz Default value = "Default User"
The following registry entry sets the path in which the Default User folder is stored:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\ProfilesDirectory Reg_Sz Default value = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings"

Article ID: 214636 - Last Review: 11/01/2006 06:17:02 - Revision: 3.2

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
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