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Vista All Users profile and Public profile

Postby chicagotech » Tue Aug 21, 2007 8:48 pm

Previous version of Windows provided the all users profile. This profile provided a way to add common user data to user profiles, without editing each user profile. Windows merges the contents of the Desktop and Start Menu folder under the All Users profile with the user profile when the user logs on. Adding a shortcut to the desktop of the all users profile would result in every user receiving the shortcut on their desktop, when they logon.

Windows Vista renames the all users profile to the Public profile and the folder structure is the same as all Windows Vista profiles. Windows Explorer will continue to merge specific folders in the Public profile, such as Desktop and Start Menu, with regular user profiles at logon. The Public profile does not have a user registry because Windows does not load this profile. Therefore, Windows writes all shared settings to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE hive of the registry.
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