I am targetting to make certain domain joined PCs into thin clients by customer order, I want these PCs to not store local profiles for users that would log in to them. Instead, they would use the default user profile, will not be able to save a thing into "My Documents" but will be able to launch a set of predefined apps that also dump temporary files to AppData folder. I'm searching for a group policy solution to disable creating the actual profile for a logged in user, so that those temporary files would not get stored permanently.

What settings should I enable/disable in group policy so that user profiles will not be created on the system? A temporary profile is fine, as long as it gets deleted once a user logs off.


Add the user you want in the local Guest group. The PC will create a temporary profile and erase it at logoff for member of that group. its by design

  • Gonna test that in a few days. Using Restricted Groups group policy to stuff a domain group into guests. – Vesper Aug 23 '17 at 6:57
  • Yep, this did the main trick. – Vesper Aug 26 '17 at 18:42

Have you considered using Mandatory user profiles? Mandatory user profiles causes profiles to be read only so that accounts using them cant save info to the Client.


  • Hmm, actually after reading some more I now consider guest rights instead. Most likely that would satisfy. – Vesper Aug 22 '17 at 14:18

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