Published: June 2004
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Create a Duplicate User Profile with a Different Name

To create a duplicate of a user profile (with a different user name), use these steps:


Though you can move or rename the user profile folder, there may be some side effects after using this method. This is because of the reason that there may be some absolute path references (to the old user profile folder) in the registry. For instance, the Outlook Express store folder would still be pointing to the old location. You may have to inspect the HKEY_CURRENT_USER registry hive (in the new user account) to find and fix the folder paths accordingly.

Before modifying the registry, you need to take a full backup in case you want to undo the changes or if you want to recover from a disaster caused by incorrect registry modifications. You may use ERUNT for a full registry backup. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

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