profile migration


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Ryan

I've been using a specific profile for years in XP. Now
I have to move to a different profile. I tried copying
Application data etc. but that does not work. Is there
an easy way to migrate from one profile to another and
retain the info in the old profile????
 
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Torgeir Bakken \(MVP\)

Ryan said:
I've been using a specific profile for years in XP. Now
I have to move to a different profile. I tried copying
Application data etc. but that does not work. Is there
an easy way to migrate from one profile to another and
retain the info in the old profile????
Hi

I solve this very easily by (in the registry) changing the profile path
for the new user to point to the old user's profile folder.


From: Bruce Sanderson ([email protected])
Subject: Re: Moving a W2K PC between domains
Newsgroups: microsoft.public.win2000.general
Date: 2002-08-05 17:32:49 PST
http://groups.google.com/[email protected]

If the user is not a local admin, you might need to to something on the
permission side. Use tip 4631 and 2240 in the 'Tips & Tricks' at
http://www.jsiinc.com as a guide.


More here as well:

Subject: Re: Lost profile when domain name changes
Newsgroups: microsoft.public.win2000.active_directory
http://groups.google.com/groups?th=262e40881c856d53


HOW TO: Restore a User Profile in Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;314045
 
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Shenan Stanley

Ryan said:
I've been using a specific profile for years in XP. Now
I have to move to a different profile. I tried copying
Application data etc. but that does not work. Is there
an easy way to migrate from one profile to another and
retain the info in the old profile????

HOW TO: Use Files and Settings Transfer Wizard in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=293118
 
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peter

In order to do this you need to create user B as a new user(lets say the
original is user A)
Then log on as user C....making sure that user C is an administrator
right click "my computer"
properties.........advanced...............user profiles....settings
highlight user A and click "copy to"
click "browse" and find user B under "documents&settings"......click OK
ok your way out.
reboot and sign in as user B...........check to make sure it copied correctly
before you delete user A under control panel/user accounts.
there you go..........
peter
 
R

Ryan

I'm not as accomlished as you. This method seems to be
straight forward, except I have little experience in
Registry. Please tell me how to do it in detail?
 
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Torgeir Bakken \(MVP\)

Ryan said:
Torgeir Bakken wrote

I'm not as accomlished as you. This method seems to be
straight forward, except I have little experience in
Registry. Please tell me how to do it in detail?
Hi

1)
Log on with your new user.


2)
Determine the user profile path by e.g. opening a command prompt
(Start/Run => cmd.exe).

In the command prompt, type:

set USERPROFILE

An example:

C:\>set USERPROFILE
USERPROFILE=C:\Documents and Settings\joe.domain

The above is the new profile path you got that you don't want to keep.

You need to determine what was the old user's profile path, use e.g.
Explorer to look in the subfolders at "C:\Documents and Settings"
(look at file dates if you are unsure what folder is the old one).

In this example, I see that the old path was:
C:\Documents and Settings\joe


3)
Start regedit.exe.

Go to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT \CurrentVersion\ProfileList

You will find several different sub keys with long SID names, like
this example:

S-1-5-21-3358830704-3276242011-182794036-1000

It is one for each user.

Under each of those, you fill find a ProfileImagePath value where the
data points to the user's profile folder.

Look for the one that points to your new profile
(C:\Documents and Settings\joe.domain in this example).

When you have found it, change the data in the value ProfileImagePath
from pointing to new profile (...\joe.domain) to the old one (...\joe).

Now you can do a reboot, and when you log on again (with the new user),
you should have your old profile back. Note that if the new user is
not a local administrator, you would need to look into the permission
part in my first post.
 
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