Thursday, February 10, 2011

Copy files to the new user profile In Windows XP



When you copy user data into a new profile, the new profile becomes a near duplicate of the old profile, and contains the same preferences, appearance, and documents as the old profile. If your old profile is corrupted in some way, you can move the files and settings from the corrupt profile to a new profile.







Copy files to the new user profile

1. Log on as a user other than the user whose profile you are copying files to or from.

2. In Windows Explorer--> click Tools--> click Folder Options--> click the View tab--> click Show hidden files and folders--> click to clear the Hide protected operating system files check box--> and then click OK.

3. Locate the C:\Documents and Settings\Old_Username folder--> where C is the drive on which Windows XP is installed--> and Old_Username is the name of the profile you want to copy user data from.

4. Press and hold down the CTRL key while you click each file and subfolder in this folder--> except the following files:
  • Ntuser.dat
  • Ntuser.dat.log
  • Ntuser.ini

5. On the Edit menu--> click Copy.

6. Locate the C:\Documents and Settings\New_Username folder--> where C is the drive on which Windows XP is installed--> and New_Username is the name of the user profile that you created in the "Create a New User Profile" section.

7. On the Edit menu--> click Paste.

8. Log off the computer--> and then log on as the new user.

Note: You must import your e-mail messages and addresses to the new user profile before you delete the old profile.

2 comments:

  1. problem is, when i get to step 3 and click on my old profile a window pops up saying "cannot access..."
    what should i do? please help

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  2. Hi Liz!!, I am very sorry for delay in response

    Now that you say, that you were able to get till the 3rd step, however not able to proceed further as you get a error "CANNOT ACCESS"

    Resolution:

    Login as an administrator and then follow the above steps, so you don't get that error stopping you again!! Cheers!!

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