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Windows® 7 Resource Kit by Tony Northrup Mitch Tulloch and Jerry Honeycutt

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Understanding User Profiles in Windows 7

Beginning with Windows Vista, the way user profiles are implemented significantly changed compared with how they were implemented in earlier versions of Windows. One example of this change is the default storage location for local user profiles, which changed from C:\Documents And Settings in Windows XP to C:\Users in Windows Vista. Another example is the default location where documents are saved, which changed from the My Documents known folder in Windows XP to the Documents known folder in Windows Vista.

Windows 7 does not introduce any significant changes to the underlying structure of user profiles or where they are stored. However, Windows 7 does change the user experience of accessing user profile ...

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