How to copy a user profile on Windows 7

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If you already have the need to create a default user profile in Windows 7 and you tried to use the well known procedure that was working successfully in previous version of Windows, you might have issues by finding the ‘Copy To’ button being grayed out.

For the presentation purpose we will copy the profile from ‘Nik’ user.

user profiles

First we have to download a tool called ‘Win Enabler‘ from HERE.

Save the file to your desktop and extract the file.

Right click on the file and choose ‘Run as Administrator

windows enabler

Once you have started the Win Enabler application you will notice a new icon in the system tray:

windows enabler

Make sure you click on it once to enable the application

windows enabler

In the ‘Run’ prompt type sysdm.cpl and hit Enter

Navigate to ‘Advanced’ tab | User profiles | Settings

Click on the desired profile and you will notice that ‘Copy To‘ button is disabled.

user profiles 1

Now, click on the disabled button and it will become enabled thanks to ‘Win Enabler’ application, as you can see in the picture below.

user profiles 2

Profile can now be copied to any other you want.

user profiles 3

Comments are welcome!

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19 Responses

  1. Does not work Win Enabler says:

    The button remains disabled. Before I run enabler and turn it on.Regards

  2. MG says:

    Thanks it worked fine!

  3. H says:

    There is no disabled button in advanced user profile management

  4. Nabs says:

    Had the same problem – the “Copy To” was still disabled.
    I got around it by closing the User Profile window (leaving System Properties window open). Then turned off Windows Enabler. Then re-opened the User Profile window (the same way as was done from System Properties). Then turned ON Windows Enabler (from the System Tray). The “Copy To” button then magically was enabled. Hope this helps someone. Thanks.

  5. Nabs says:

    UPDATE!! Please ignore my previous comment …

    If the ‘Copy To’ button still appears to be disabled then All you need to do is just click on the ‘Copy To’ button (even thought it looks disabled). Make sure you have turned Windows Enabler ON. Sorry, Cheers.

  6. Nik says:

    Yes, this is written in the article. 🙂 You haven’t read through the article..

    From the article:
    Now, click on the disable button and it will become enabled thanks to ‘Win Enabler’ application, as you can see in the picture below.

  7. rhy says:

    you have to right click windows enabler and select “Run as Administrator”

  8. Dragon says:

    Jeez…just follow the guys instructions. The work like a charm…

  9. Marc says:

    In the instructions where it says “click on the disable button”…..all you have to do is click on the grayed out “copy to” button and it will then change to an active button. I am using Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium if that helps.

  10. Tony says:

    Good instructions. Thank so much!

  11. Embersdad says:

    Doesnt work

  12. Nik says:

    It surely works, you just have to read through tutorial again. Make sure you did everything as mentioned in the article.

  13. Embersdad says:

    I went back and logged in as a different admin user and yes, it did work. Now if I can only find a way to automate it.

  14. Bobby says:

    The instruction;
    “Now, click on the disable button and it will become enabled…”

    Should read as:
    “Now, click on the “disabled” button and it will become enabled…”

  15. Nik says:

    Thanks for the correction, changed!
    Cheers!

  16. KaLaMar says:

    Enables the Copy To button, however, makes absolutely NO Changes.

  17. Vivek says:

    Thank you so much..

  18. tomo says:

    Hello
    I can somehow able to copy to.. botton.
    But after I copy profile to new, I cannot logon to that copied profile user, soon after I put password to logon , windows logs off immediately to let me choose another user. Any idea ?

  19. Nik says:

    Hi tomo,
    anything in the event viewer?

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