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


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


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

  • 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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