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    Tips for smallest possible user profile

    Hello all,

    I'm in the process of trying to squeeze down the size of the default user profile, for a Windows 7 machine. Does anyone have any tips where to start? Just having a quick look, the "C:\Users\<name of user>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail" folder, is over 14MB in size! Can this go? As it's a core folder (i'm guessing), do I need to do something on a deeper level, to prevent problems?

    Any replies appreciated.

    Thanks.

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    Take a copy of it, delete it see if it still works! Give it a good test. If not revert back, not the most professional answer but it will or will not work.

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    Thanks for the reply! I'll give it a whirl...any other ideas on what could possibly be removed to shrink the overall size of the profile down?

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    Open up the user hive in regedit, and look at trimming down unnecessary fluff. The entire hive should fit within 1MB.

    All in, our super mandatory profile is 932KB. That doesn't include redirected Appdata though, which you may or may not want. Logons are sub 20 seconds (timed today!).
    Last edited by 3s-gtech; 12th December 2012 at 04:57 PM. Reason: Changed the profile size again

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    Run Windirstat on a copy of the profile folder and you'll soon see where the fat can be trimmed from. Kill the WinMail folder and set the reg key mentioned on here to stop it regenerating at each login.

    Office templates and similar files are usually common culprits, they rebuild when the apps launch so no need to download it in the profile.

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    Empty the cache and delete cookies on the browser(s) you use just before saving the profile. It's amazing how much it clears.

    Redirect everything possible

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    Take out all the Adobe crap!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3s-gtech View Post
    Open up the user hive in regedit, and look at trimming down unnecessary fluff. The entire hive should fit within 1MB.

    All in, our super mandatory profile is 932KB. That doesn't include redirected Appdata though, which you may or may not want. Logons are sub 20 seconds (timed today!).
    Wooaah! Can I be extremely cheeky and ask what I should be looking for initially, within the user hive?
    Last edited by MrJDH; 13th December 2012 at 10:21 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gshaw View Post
    ..kill the WinMail folder and set the reg key mentioned on here to stop it regenerating at each login.
    Is this somewhere else on the forum..?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrJDH View Post
    Is this somewhere else on the forum..?
    Mentioned in this thread

    Analysis of logon times - how to speed it up...

    and confirmed via this link

    https://wss.psu.edu/CLM/Lists/Window...rm.aspx?ID=121

    I wouldn't mess with anything related to Libraries, the WinMail key is the one that causes the slowdown so killing that should speed things up at logon
    That registry key stops it re-generating on each logon, to shrink the profile you'll need to remove the matching files from the profile, will be around 14MB on a freshly captured profile
    Last edited by gshaw; 13th December 2012 at 11:25 AM.

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    That's great gshaw. Thanks.

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    Lots of folder redirection and disabling the winmail feature. Our mandatory profiles are 1.04Mb

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    A quick question - why when checking profile sizes within Windows 7, does the system report the size of the profile being much smaller, when logged in with that username? Logging out from that account, and viewing the profile size with an alternative account, suddenly sees a huge increase! Why? Is this anything to do with the fact that Windows cannot necessarily count all of the files in use (and so report the correct size of the profile), when logged in with that particular account?
    Last edited by MrJDH; 14th December 2012 at 08:43 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrJDH View Post
    A quick question - why when checking profile sizes within Windows 7, does the system report the size of the profile being much smaller, when logged in with that username? Logging out from that account, and viewing the profile size with an alternative account, suddenly sees a huge increase! Why? Is this anything to do with the fact that Windows cannot necessarily count all of files in use (and so report the correct size of the profile), when logged in with that particular account?
    Is stuff being added to the profile at logout?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    Is stuff being added to the profile at logout?
    No. When logged in with a particular account, it's profile size is reported as being 3.07MB. When viewing the size of that profile when logged on with an alternative account, it reports as being 19.3MB! Confused! :-/

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