XP default user profile aggravation

Per http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=319974 , we have always setup default user profiles.

The problem appears to be that sysprep wipes out many of the customizations that we make. For example, the IE setting to "delete temp internet file upon exit" is not preserved.

I do not remember this being the case with Win2K.

Of course we can configure the default user profile after sysprep and minisetup runs, but that turns it into a hands on process.

Is anyone else running into this? I am researching to see if maybe there is a sysprep command line option that changes this behavior.

Craig --<>.

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Posted by: craig16229 15 years ago
Third Degree Brown Belt
At http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=838204#XSLTH3121121122120121120120 I found the following:

. . . . You can create custom settings for new users by running the Sysprep -reseal -mini command. The Sysprep -reseal -mini command copies the settings from the administrator profile to the default user profile. However, when you do this, you may notice that the settings in the default user profile are not updated. If you create a new user profile and then log on to Windows as the new user, the custom settings are not applied to that user's profile.

This would SEEM to suggest that a default user profile should be built using the local administrator account IF you intend to run sysprep. Otherwise, use http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=319974 ?

I am off to test it.

Craig --<>.
Posted by: craig16229 15 years ago
Third Degree Brown Belt
To answer my own question and post:

I just finished testing this. The steps described in http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=319974 do not appear to be necessary when you intend to run sysprep. In fact, it seems that doing so does nearly no good.

What does appear to work on XP: when you want to create a customized user profile for all users AND you will be running sysprep, you need to customize the default local administrator profile. When you run sysprep, it will copy the customized settings over to the default user profile for you. There is not need to manually copy it.

Craig --<>.
Posted by: rahvintzu 15 years ago
Orange Senior Belt
That is right ....its via design. There is a hotfix you can apply to your image to stop this from occuring. This can be useful if you needed you admin profile to be different, and didnt want to use scripts to copy it back over again after sysprep is finished.
Posted by: dem3tre 15 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt
This drove me nuts too given we have different setups for our admin accounts vs. regular user accounts. Turns out Microsoft has a hotfix you can obtain for free by call their support line that will revert the default behavior to the one we all know and love. After applying the hotfix if you want Sysprep to copy the local admin profile for the default user there is a new option you can add to the sysprep.ini file.

Here's the relevent KB article from Microsoft:
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