Default User Custom Profile in Windows 7 (without sysprep)

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Microsoft Windows 7
Windows 7 64-bit
Windows Server User Profiles
Hi all, I have just made a Windows 64-bit image however, I'm having a little issue. Windows 7 no longer supports copying a custom users profile over as the default user (Even if I use Windows Enabler or open and paste profiles) it just will not do it. I even go into HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionProfileList and change the default profile to a normal profile with just everyone permission set to read and execute. Anyone have any idea's other than using sysprep?

This seems to be the only solution!!! How to customize default user profiles in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2 These methods don't work Windows 7 - Default Profile. How can I edit it? - Page 10 - Windows 7 Forums How to Change User Profile Default Location in Windows 7 | Windows7hacker If anyone has there own solution id love to hear it?


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Create a new local account (I use an account called custom_default). Add the account to the Administrators group. Log into that account & configure it as you like.

Log off custom_default & log in with your local admin account. Remove custom_default from the Administrators group. In regedit, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList & change Default to point to %SystemDrive%\Users\custom_default (instead of %SystemDrive%\Users\Default).
Log off, then log back on to the local admin account. Go to Control Panel & select System. Select Advanced System Setting & under User Profiles select the Settings button. Select the Default Profile (which you pointed to custom_default in the registry) & select Copy to. Browse to c:\Users\Default & click OK.
Under Permitted to use, click Change & give permissions to Everyone. Finally click OK & the contents of custom_default with be copied over default (the original default). After it gets done, go back to regedit & change the back to %SystemDrive%\Users\Default.

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  • Pjb0222
    Are you looking to make major customizations or just a few edits? For basic editing you can edit the default profile directly. Understand that the sysprep method removes user specific information from the profile generalizing it. it also resets the JITs and other first run setups for the next user. Copying a user profile directly as the default will leave user specific information from the ID used to create the customization in the profile potentially causing issues down the road or disclosing information that you don't want disclosed.
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