Understanding User Profiles

In general terms, a user profile simply refers to the collection of data that makes up a user’s individual environment, data including a user’s individual files, application settings, and desktop configuration. More specifically, a user profile refers to the contents of the personal folder, automatically created by Windows, that bears the name of an individual user. By default, this personal folder is created in the C:\Users folder when a user logs on to a Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista computer for the first time, and it contains subfolders such as Documents, Desktop, and Downloads, as well as a personal data file named Ntuser. dat. For example, by default, a user named Dan.Park will store the data that makes ...

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