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Merge Domain User Account with Local User Account

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    Windows 8.1

    Merge Domain User Account with Local User Account


    I have a user with a machine that was setup with Win 8.1 Home. The machine has been upgraded to 8.1 Pro and joined to a domain (WinSrv 2003). I need to get the conten/configuration from their old local machine user profile to their new domain user profile. I tried to copy the contents of their ../users/<name>/.. folder from the local user profile to the new domain user profile (after they had logged in once, and then logged off). This did not work. When I did the copy, I grabbed all files, including hidden...was that my mistake, or is the issue broader?

    In the end....they want their old stuff and configuration under their new credentials/profile.

    Thanks!

    -Nick

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    There are 4 conventional ways of accomplishing this task.

    Option 1: Simply copy My Documents, Favorites, Desktop items from one to the other. You will have to setup program options again, may or may not be a big deal

    Option 2: Use the Windows Easy Transfer option. Explained here. Vista & Win7 local to domain profile migration

    Option 3: Use the Copy To Feature in User Profiles, explained here: Copy a user profile. The steps are outlined for different versions of Windows, but they work the same in Windows 8.

    Option 4: Use the User State Migration Tool. User State Migration Tool 4.0 User's Guide. Here is a link to a video on using the USMT. User State Migration Tool in Windows 7 - Install | TechNet
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    Windows 8.1


    pparks1 - thanks for the reply. I think I'll try the Windows Easy Transfer option...I had seen it based on a search but didn't know if I could do it same-machine. The network profile does not use roaming profiles so that should simplify things.

    Will mark as solved if it works.

    -Nick
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