On Sun, 16 Sep 2007 21:46:01 -0700, i1pro wrote:
> I spent a lot of time downloading and installing gadgets. I would like to
> use them also in my office user account (work profile) or my desktop for
> example... I wonder if there is an easy way to copy all the basics between
> user-accounts (like background, colors, gadgets, etc). Is there a way to
> duplicate a user-account and then change its name? Or at least copy/share
> gadgets or sidebar??
Your question is a lot more involved than I think you realize. Also, it's
not clear to me if the various accounts you mention are on the same machine
or on different machines. Will attempt to answer by breaking down your
1) To share gadgets: If a signed gadget is installed by an administrator,
it will be installed in Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Shared Gadgets\. If a
gadget is not signed or if it's installed by a standard user to their own
account, it ends up in \User\<account name>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows
Gadgets in \Shared Gadgets\ are available to all users by right clicking on
the sidebar and selecting "Add Gadgets."
Gadgets in the \AppData\ location are only available to the user who
installed them. UNLESS.... Take a look at the following MSDN blog article:
It has steps for transferring gadgets to a USB key and then editing the
config files so that the gadgets live on the USB key but can be loaded to
the sidebar of whatever system you're logged on to. You could probably
adapt these directions to move the gadgets to another hard drive/user
2) Copying a user profile: This procedure is rather involved and is
overkill for what you want to do. If interested, open Help and Support and
type "copy user profile" into the search field; press enter. Scroll down
the page a bit for step by step directions for copying the profile. Some
but not all preferences will transfer to the new account. This procedure is
usually reserved for replacing corrupt profiles and not used for creating
multiple users that are similar.
2a) Network administrators will customize these accounts - All Users (XP)
or Default (Vista) - to create a standardized desktop for all new user
accounts. This is useful for large enterprises that want a specific and
possibly restricted desktop for their many, many users. If not prepared, an
errant click could cause an unpleasant restriction - one that could be
difficult to reverse. Anyhow, I'm not finding much with a quick search via
Vista's Help and Support or the MS Knowledge Base but there must be info
about this somewhere (MSDN, books about Vista) but again, I would consider
this overkill for what you want to accomplish.
I think 1) is probably more what you are looking for to get those gadgets
easily moved to other accounts that you use.
MS-MVP ~ Windows Shell/User