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How can I change a local user profile to domain user profile? RRS feed

  • Question

  • We have a handful of Windows XP machines that need to be added to the domain.  The users log into their PC wiith a local user account.  The machine has been added to the domain but we need to move the local user profile to the new newly created domain profile (which was created when logging into the domain).  We tried booting into safe mode with networking and delete the newly created domain user profile and rename the local user account but we're getting an access denied error.  We will also run into this issue with Windows7 and Vista users.  Any ideas?
    Tuesday, May 17, 2011 2:38 PM

All replies

  • You can use the User State Migration Tool. Download this tool to move Profile over.

    Here is another option as well

    1. Login with Admin rights
    2. Go to control panel, system, advanced User Profiles click the Settings button
    3. Select the domain user's profile click on Copy To, and browse to the new domain user's c:\documents and settings\username folder.
    4. Click the Change button in Permitted to use and select the domain\username account you just copied

    Tuesday, May 17, 2011 3:46 PM
  • Question-The other option, the machine can be on the domain and I don't need to be in safe mode to move the profile?  will this also work in windows 7 and vista?
    Friday, May 20, 2011 1:54 PM
  • In #3:

    3. Select the domain user's profile click on Copy To, and browse to the new domain user's c:\documents and settings\username folder.

    Instead of Select domain user's profile shouldn't it be local user's profile.

    Friday, May 20, 2011 4:18 PM
  • You want to copy to the domain profile from the local profile so yes it should be local profile or whatever profile you want to move
    Friday, May 20, 2011 6:49 PM
  • Question-this option below doesn't work because if you sign into the machine with admin rights the local user profile "copy to" is grayed out.  any other ideas?

    1. Login with Admin rights
    2. Go to control panel, system, advanced User Profiles click the Settings button
    3. Select the domain user's profile click on Copy To, and browse to the new domain user's c:\documents and settings\username folder.
    4. Click the Change button in Permitted to use and select the domain\username account you just copied

    Thursday, June 16, 2011 1:17 PM