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Chapter 16. Managing User Accounts > Managing User Profiles

Managing User Profiles

A user profile contains an account’s personal settings that Windows uses to configure the desktop each time a user logs on. Each user’s desktop settings, network connections, and application settings are saved in C:\Documents and Settings\<user name> (which also contains the user’s My Documents folder). Windows also maintains the All Users profile to store things common to everybody. You saw in “Installing Programs” in Chapter 6, for example, that you can copy icons to the Programs folder in the All Users profile to make applications available to everyone. All Users contains folders similar to those in individual user profiles (Figure 16.16).

Figure 16.16. What you see on your desktop—the Favorites menu, Send To menu, Start menu, and so on—is a combination of what’s in your user profile and what’s in the All Users profile.



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