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Create a Copy of a Users Profile
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One of the new features that Windows XP offers is the ability to have separate settings for each user, this is called a ‘User Profile’. Contained in a ‘User Profile’ are desktop settings, favorites, program-specific data that is contained in the Application Data folder, and the contents of the My Documents folder for that user. Obviously this is pretty important and would be something that you should be making occasional backups of. This guide will show you how to create a copy of a users profile (by creating a copy you are creating a backup).


 
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Click Start, then Control Panel, then Click on User Accounts, then Click Create a New Account

 

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Pick a Username

 

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Then Make the User a Computer Administrator Then Click Create Account

 

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XP will then create a new account and then bring you back to the main User Accounts screen, where your new user name should appear.

Logoff XP [Start then Logoff], then to fully activate the new Profile, simply Logon into the newly created Profile and logoff right away.

Now, Login using an Administrator Account and go to System Properties [Start then Control Panel then System ] Click on the Advanced tab, then click Settings

 

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Then choose your newly created profile, then click Copy To

 

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When the Copy to box comes up …

 

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Click Browse and pick a location to store then click Ok

 

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You have now created a copy of that users profile. It is saved in the location you just chose.

 



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Jick Libot said:

I found this site so great!
 
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Rodney said:

As a system admin there have been to many times I would have to rebuild someone's computer because it runs slow. The method explained in this article will allow me to ease the pain of the whole process. Kepp up the good work.

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