We have a requirement to provide an Executive with a spare machine in case his primary dies or is lost.
We can take a backup of all data & restore it - easy, stored on a network share.
We can take a backup of his profile (favourites, application settings registry etc) using Windows Backup - this works. (stored on a network share)
However how do we restore the profile?
Do we need the executive to logon onto a spare machine once to create a local profile on to which we would copy his backed up one?
or is there an alternative to restore a users profile to a new Windows 7 PC
the new Windows 7 PC will have the default image and all applications installed prior to profile restore ???
In your situation, I recommend USMT tool, it can dramatically reduce migration time for in-place operating system migration or computer refresh scenarios:
User State Migration Tool
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