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 CopyProfile setting 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 CopyProfile:

For more information about using CopyProfile, see Customize the Default User Profile.



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


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Applies To

For a list of the Windows editions and architectures that this component supports, see Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup.

XML Example

The following XML output specifies that Sysprep copies the customized user profile settings from the built-in administrator account to the default user profile.

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