Using the Default Users profile

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 31 Jan. 2007 / Last Updated on 31 Jan. 2007]

How to customize the Default Users profile.

Want to customize the desktop experience for any user who logs onto a computer? Customize the Default User user profile on the machine, which is found in C:\Documents and Settings\Default User. When a user logs onto a Windows computer for the first time, the machine first checks the NETLOGON share on the domain controller to see if there is a Default Users folder present there. If it finds one, it uses this profile as a template for creating a user profile for the user. If Windows can't find a Default Users folder in NETLOGON, it uses the local Default Users profile to generate a profile for the user.

Mitch Tulloch is President of MTIT Enterprises, an IT content development company based in Winnipeg, Canada. Prior to starting his own company in 1998, Mitch worked as a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) for Productivity Point International. Mitch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking and security and has written 14 books and over a hundred articles on various topics. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch is also a professor at Jones International University (JIU) where he teaches graduate-level courses in Information Security Management (ISM) for their Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program. For more information see

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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