CopyProfile enables you to customize a user profile
and use the customized profile as the default user profile. Windows
uses the default user profile as a template to assign a profile to
each new user.
CopyProfile runs during the specialize configuration pass and
should be used after you make customizations to the built-in
administrator profile. Using the
often requires a separate answer file to use when run you
generalize a computer by running sysprep.
Be aware of the following considerations before using
- On the reference computer, only use the
built-in administrator account. Creating multiple accounts might
result in copying the wrong user profile as the default
- Do not use a domain account. The
CopyProfilesetting runs after the computer is removed from the domain during sysprep and settings configured in a domain account will be lost. If you make changes to the default user profile, and then join the computer to a domain, the customizations you made to the default user profile will appear on new domain accounts.
- Some customizations to the default user
profile are not copied, such as items pinned to the task bar. Some
settings are reset by the new user logon process. To configure
those settings, use Group Policy settings or create scripts to
define these user settings.
For more information about using
Customize the Default User
Changes the default user profile with customizations made . You must set this value to true only if you have made customizations to the logged-on user profile that you need to apply to all new users.
Does not change the default user profile. This is the default value.
Valid Configuration Passes
Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup | CopyProfile
For a list of the Windows editions and architectures that this component supports, see Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup.
The following XML output specifies that Sysprep copies the customized user profile settings from the built-in administrator account to the default user profile.