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I have 5 XP machines, and 1 Windows 7 machine, on a domain. Each machine is used by individual users, and have their profile stored locally at "C:\Documents and Settings\user_name". I have to change these machines from one domain to the other, and I wan't to keep the profiles locally.
I need a procedure, and it can be a manual one since there are only 6 machine involved, that will preserve the user's profile intact, including CURRENT_USER registry and application data, so I can carry it over after I change the domain. I will apply this procedure one for every domain user of every machine that I will migrate
I tried several procedures, but none seen to work as a whole. The "Files and Settings Transfer wizard" for XP doesn't seem to copy everything, and the copy User Profile busts the profile after I copy from the local profile to the new domain user profile.
Appreciate any help or tips
Thanks

Edit

As far as the copy User Profile option, below are the steps I take:

  • Copy domain user's profile to local user that already logged in once
  • Migrate domain
  • Login to migrated user, so it will create the profile dir
  • Copy local user's profile to new domain's user

After I do that, and I log in to the new domain user, the profile was screwed up... It would save any of my setting and desktop changes

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How does copying the profile bust it, exactly. I've done that a million times and never had problems with it. Are you specifiying that Everyone can use the profile when you're copying it? –  joeqwerty Oct 29 '10 at 13:48
    
@joeqwerty I've edited the steps I took –  Pascal Oct 29 '10 at 14:30
    
possible duplicate of Changing Domain of a machine - any way to keep existing profile intact? –  RobM Oct 29 '10 at 14:39

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User Profile Wizard should be able to take care of this for you.

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Psychoholic, this tool is to migrate from one machine to another. I want to migrate to the same machine, and the same user, but for a differente domain –  Pascal Oct 29 '10 at 18:21
    
I was using the wrong tool. Transwiz was killer! –  Pascal Oct 29 '10 at 18:37
    
I've never used this tool to migrate to another machine... I have however used it to enable a domain account to use the profile of a local account. Works every time for me. EDIT: I need to learn to read entire comments :( –  Psychoholic Oct 29 '10 at 20:20

I've run into problems with copying user profiles (or pointing the registry entry to a different profile) due to permissions. Assuming the users are not local admins, make sure they have full permissions on the CURRENT_USER registry hive.

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