+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 8 of 8
Windows 8 Thread, Windows 8 default profile in Technical; Has anybody managed to sort out a default profile for Windows 8 where you can set the Metro UI, taskbar ...
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Manchester
    Posts
    53
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 7 Times in 5 Posts
    Rep Power
    14

    Windows 8 default profile

    Has anybody managed to sort out a default profile for Windows 8 where you can set the Metro UI, taskbar etc. In Windows 7 we used
    a tool called Windows enabler which enabled us to copy any profile from Windows 7 and set it as the default profile. Can't seem to
    get that to work on Windows 8.

  2. #2

    RabbieBurns's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    5,512
    Thank Post
    1,320
    Thanked 469 Times in 306 Posts
    Blog Entries
    6
    Rep Power
    199
    Im trying to get this working too. Did you find a method?

    The way we tried was to configure then copy the existing default profile. It works but it for some reason stops any metro app from launching.

  3. #3
    Bezwick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Nottinghamshire
    Posts
    355
    Thank Post
    92
    Thanked 56 Times in 42 Posts
    Rep Power
    24
    Have you tried this

    How to Customize the Default User Profile by Using CopyProfile

    This is how we do it for windows 7 and it works.

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Manchester
    Posts
    53
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 7 Times in 5 Posts
    Rep Power
    14
    The only way you can do it with windows 8 is with an unattended file when you sysprep. The copy profile does not work like it used to in Windows 7. Once you have put your machine in audit mode and
    have prepared the machine and start screen, when you sysprep it will copy the default profile from the local administrator account used when you go into audit mode. Metro screen works fine after that.
    There are some scripts that you can configure to remove some of the default apps that sometimes show but we have got ours working fine. Let me know if you need any step by step guides.

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Poole
    Posts
    147
    Thank Post
    4
    Thanked 40 Times in 30 Posts
    Rep Power
    20
    I have managed this using the alternative method from the Microsoft documentation here:

    Copy the AppFolderLayout.Bin file to set default Start screen layout

    How to Customize the Start Screen

    Remember to enable to administrator account before syspreping into audit mode otherwise it will effectively brick your windows installation. I added the AppFolderLayout.bin to my Default User.v2 in netlogon and it works OK with some exceptions. It relies on links from the normal start menu ("all apps" in windows 8), these need to be named identically to your reference start screen in order to appear. This allows you to design a start screen that works with both 32 and 64bit installations without any file path issues and allows you to use start menu redirection. Applications need to be installed onto the machine, network shortcuts will not appear using this method but will be available on the "all apps" screen. I imagine this is due to lack of indexing for network locations.

  6. Thanks to BHMS from:

    RabbieBurns (19th March 2013)

  7. #6

    RabbieBurns's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    5,512
    Thank Post
    1,320
    Thanked 469 Times in 306 Posts
    Blog Entries
    6
    Rep Power
    199
    Thanks, trying the alternative method but cannot seem to find an AppFolderLayout.Bin file ?

  8. #7

    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Poole
    Posts
    147
    Thank Post
    4
    Thanked 40 Times in 30 Posts
    Rep Power
    20
    The file does not appear until after you enable to administrator account and sysprep into audit mode.

    It is located in C:\Users\<profile you have configured start screen for>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\

  9. #8

    RabbieBurns's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    5,512
    Thank Post
    1,320
    Thanked 469 Times in 306 Posts
    Blog Entries
    6
    Rep Power
    199
    Ok, managed to find that file. But now Im having trouble mounting the .wim to add it back in to the captured image.

    Using the command from the linked page: How to Mount and Modify an Image using
    Code:
    Dism /Mount-Image /ImageFile:C:\test\images\myimage.wim /index:1 /MountDir:C:\test\offline
    is failing with error 267 unable to access image.

    Any tips please?

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. [MDT] MDT/WDS - Windows 7 Deployment - Default Profile/Start Menu
    By MYK-IT in forum O/S Deployment
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 15th March 2012, 09:32 AM
  2. Windows 7 Default Profile
    By itguy22 in forum O/S Deployment
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 22nd November 2011, 01:49 PM
  3. Default profile for windows 7 things to chnage
    By spc-rocket in forum Windows 7
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 9th June 2011, 12:37 PM
  4. Where's the default profile???
    By secman in forum Windows
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 17th February 2006, 12:11 PM
  5. Replies: 38
    Last Post: 7th November 2005, 10:03 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •