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How do you prepare the Default profile before imaging?

  1. #1


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8 Professional

    How do you prepare the Default profile before imaging?


    Greetings everyone. This is my first post however, I do use this site for information and research. Here's my scenario:

    I have created an Windows 8 Professional image on a Dell XPS 12 and have everything configured. I'm ready to customize my Default user profile but I'm not sure that I'm doing it correctly. I have created and imaged several Windows 7 PC's.

    Steps to customize Default profile:

    1. Log in as an administrator with another account (not the built in administrator account).
    2. Double click the Users file (c:\users) and select show hidden files.
    3. Right click on the Default hidden folder and rename to Default Back.
    4. Make a copy of the profile that you want to customize (c:\users\joe)
    5. Rename the copy of joe to Default.
    6. Got to Advanced system settings and delete original joe profile.
    7. Run sysprep.

    Results:

    Everything works with the exception of the Metro tiles. After you copy the original profile and rename it to Default, the Metro tiles stop working. You cannot open any of the built in Metro apps such as IE, Mail, Calendar, Messenger, etc...

    Please tell me that I'm doing something obviously wrong. The above method works on my Window 7 images but has an adverse effect in Windows 8 by disabling the Metro tiles.

    Thanks is advance,

    Joe

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  2. #2


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8 Professional


    Finally figured it out and the Modern (Metro) tiles work!. The Windows 8 procedures for customizing the Default user profile are completely different from Windows 7. I'm attaching some useful links below that will allow you to make a copy of your Default profile successfully:

    How to Customize the Default User Profile by Using CopyProfile: How to Customize the Default User Profile by Using CopyProfile

    How to Capture an Image for Deployment: How to Capture an Image for Deployment (Generalize)

    How to Customize the Start Screen: How to Customize the Start Screen

    Removing Built-in Applications from Windows 8: Removing Built-in Applications from Windows 8 - The Deployment Guys - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

    Removing or Updating Windows 8 built-in Windows Store apps causes Sysprep to fail: Removing or Updating Windows 8 built-in Windows Store apps causes Sysprep to fail

    Hope this helps.

    Joe
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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