Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Customizing Default User Profiles In Windows

You can customize the default user profile during an unattended installation using the following Copy Profile parameter in the Unattend.xml answer file that is passed to the Sysprep.exe. To do this, follow these steps:

Customizing Default User Profiles In Windows

1. Use the administrator account or an account that has administrative privileges to log on to the computer.

2. Configure the settings that you want to use in the profile. This includes desktop settings, favorites, and Start menu options.

3. Create an Unattend.xml file that contains the Copy Profile parameter. By using this Copy Profile parameter, the settings of the user who is currently logged on are copied to the default user profile. This parameter must be set to "true" in the specialize pass. For example, the parameter must be as follows:


4. You can use the Windows System Image Manager tool to create the Unattend.xml file. The Windows System Image Manager tool is included as part of the Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK). For more information about Windows AIK, visit the following Microsoft Web site:


5. Choose Start and type CMD at the search prompt or at a command prompt, type the following command:

sysprep.exe /generalize /unattend: unattend.xml

6. Open Sysprep.exe which is located in the

%systemdrive%\Windows\System32\sysprep directory.

7. You must use the /generalize switch so that the Copy Profile parameter can be used. The /unattend is an optional syntax which is used to point to the desired Unattend.xml file.

8. Note: The Unattend.xml file is located in the sysprep directory.


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