Copy User Profile to Default User Using MDT


  • Looking into how Win7 handles copying profiles (way diff than XP, or maybe i was doing it wrong in XP) it seems it's only possible through the unattend.xml file.

    Since i've got this file already (in "DeploymentShare\Control\<task_sequence_id>\unattend.xml"), i was wondering how (or i guess "where") would i add the line "Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup\CopyProfile" so that it copies the profile over to the Default User profile.

    and i guess i should also ask "how do i specify the name of the profile i want to use to overwrite the default user" (my current profile that i use to configure things is "BuildUser")

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    • Edited by owen_i Saturday, February 09, 2013 9:13 PM
    Saturday, February 09, 2013 9:12 PM

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  • When you create a task sequence there's an OS Info tab for accessing the associated unattend.xml file. There's a button there that will launch WSIM, from there add the change and save it. It will apply to any deployments from that task sequence.



    Saturday, February 09, 2013 10:03 PM
  • Check out Johan's explanation of CopyProfile (  You want to use the CopyProfile in your Unattend.xml in your Deploy task sequence.  Also, if using CopyProfile, you should be using the default admin account to configure it, not a custom user.  See for limitations and issues and logging to help determine which account CopyProfile ran against.

    David Coulter | | @DCtheGeek

    Saturday, February 09, 2013 10:06 PM
  • that button seems to kick off a cataloging process that takes forever.  just browsing to the unattend.xml file, i found this section:

    <settings pass="specialize">

    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="">

    could i add the CopyProfile=True to this file manually?  do you know the syntax?

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    Monday, February 11, 2013 6:51 PM



    Monday, February 11, 2013 9:44 PM
  • <CopyProfile>true</CopyProfile>

    got it, thanks

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    Monday, February 11, 2013 11:26 PM