Copying Profiles Using Sysprep

by Chris Sanders [Published on 10 Aug. 2006 / Last Updated on 10 Aug. 2006]

There is a feature that is recently new to Sysprep that can speed up your time and get rid of one of the larger headaches of using the tool.

One of the things that has always frustrated me those most when using Sysprep on a machine is having to copy my working profile over to the default user profile. Inevitably, you are always going to forget something and have to back and add it in, and then have to go through the whole process of logging in as another user and copying that profile back over.

One of the great new features of the Windows XP SP2 version of Sysprep is that it does this for you. You can create your working profile (the profile you want to replace the Default User profile) under your administrator account logon, and when you run Sysprep it will automatically copy this profile over the Default User profile for you. You have just saved ten minutes!


Chris Sanders is the network administrator for one of the largest public school systems in the state of Kentucky. Chris's specialties include general network administration, windows server 2003, wireless networking, and security. You can view Chris' personal website at

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Chris Sanders is a network security analyst for EWA Government Systems Inc. Chris is the author of the book Practical Packet Analysis as well as several technical articles. His personal website at contains a great deal of information, articles, and guides related to network administration, network security, packet analysis, and general information technology.

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