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Managing User Profiles

A user profile is a folder that contains all of a user's personalized information: the registry file that contains their customized settings, their Desktop and My Documents folders, and application data such as Outlook Express's address list and email database. By default, profiles are stored under C:\Documents and Settings, in folders with the same name as the user account. User-customized settings can include desktop layout, program shortcuts, icon layout, wallpaper, default screen resolution, screensaver settings, program customizations, Outlook configuration and messages, words added to the custom dictionary in Word, Internet Explorer favorites, printers, dial-up network connections, and so on. Most settings are stored in the NTUSER.DAT file, which is loaded into the HKEY_CURRENT_USER hive of the Registry upon user logon.

See Chapter 30, p. 1239, for more information on the Registry.


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