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XP local profiles

By stergios_nik ·

I want to create an XP installation that will be used for a computer lab. The image will be ghosted to all other PCs. I do not want the PCs to get the profile from a Windows Server.

Could you tell me the procedure to follow in order to create a local profile that will be used by everyuser who logs on the PC.

Is this possible to be done?

For example if userA logs on then he gets the profile from c:\disk\profile. The profile must have all the correct printers and Internet Explorer settings. Also, some shortcuts to some applications must be created on the desktop that the user must be able to use.

If another user logs on then the Same profile from c:\disk\profile will be applied with the same correct printers and Internet Explorer settings + shortcuts.

Any ideas how to do that?

Any articles?

Thank you in advance.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to XP local profiles

yes, all kinds of articles at in the technet section. plus the msce 2000 books are pretty good and cheap. worth reading.

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by CptOmlly In reply to XP local profiles

What you should do is log in as a user on the new PC. Create the shorcuts, printers, etc. while logged on as that user. Then log on as local admin, copy C:\Docments and Settings\someuser folder contents to the C:\Documents and Settings\Default User folder.

New user's logging on will get their own profile C:\Documents and Settings\%username%, but the Default User profile will be used as a template to create the new profile. This will allow users to have their own personal My Documents folder, and make changes to the desktop, etc. without affecting other users. They will all start with the "baseline" configuration.

You may also find handy the "All Users" profile, which will be added to the user's current personal profile. Think of the resulting configuration that the end user sees as the sum of settings in the All Users profile and their personal profile.

Finally there are mandatory user profiles, which are preconfigured profiles that are read-only. Any changes made to these profiles will be lost when logging on. You can find a good description of how to implement mandatory user profiles here:

Other articles regarding profile user can be found here:
KB269378 -
KB307800 -

Hope this helps.

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