9.4. Understanding User Profiles

A user profile is a set of data that is used to re-create the user's environment each time a user logs on. It includes several folders such as Contacts, Cookies, Desktop, Downloads, Favorites, and more. It also includes user-specific Registry settings.

As an example, Bob could use a Windows 7 system and have it configured with a left-hand mouse, the Windows 7 Landscapes theme, a weather gadget on his desktop, and several drives mapped to network shares he uses regularly. Each time Bob logs on, these settings are re-created from his profile. Sally could use the same computer with a different user account. She can reconfigure all of these settings, and they will be re-created from her profile each time she logs ...

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