Roaming profiles ensure that users can access
their personal settings no matter what machine they log on to. But
these profiles can grow over time and consequently make logons very
However, you can use Windows NT's
ExcludeProfileDirs registry setting to exclude certain directories
from replication, which can help control the size of user profiles.
Follow these steps:
Start the Registry Editor. (Go to Start | Run, and type regedt32.exe.)
Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows
From the Edit menu, select New | String Value.
and press [Enter].
Double-click the new value, and enter the relevant areas to
exclude, separating them by semicolons (for example, Local
Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook; Temporary Internet
Close the Registry Editor, and restart the system.
You can also exclude certain directories from
roaming profiles by creating a system policy. Follow these
Start the System Policy Editor, and load the Common.adm and
Create a new policy.
Double-click Default User.
Expand Windows NT User Profiles.
Select Exclude Directories In Roaming Profile.
In the data box, enter the names of the directories you want to
Note: Editing the registry
is risky, so be sure you have a verified backup before making any