Copy settings between accounts in Windows 8 pro

  • Michael Beijer

    When I first started using Windows 8, I created a local account and set it up the way I like it, i.e. start screen, taskbar, desktop etc.

    However, now I need to use a different user account, which means I'm now back on the default settings. I've copied the folders from the "user" folder across from one to the other, so I can access all my documents, music, pictures etc, but that didn't copy the settings, recent documents and so on.

    Is there a way of getting all of the settings from my local user account copied onto the new account, so that I don't have to start setting it up again from scratch?


  • Answers
  • magicandre1981

    You can use Windows Easy Transfer to copy the settings and documents to a different account.

    In the Wizard select to store the data into a transfer file. After the backup is finished, go to the 2nd account, run the Wizard again and select this is the destination PC and restore the settings from the file.

    The Startscreen layout is stored in a file called appsFolder.itemdata-ms under C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows. If the transfer wizard doesn't copy the layout, copy this file into the new account.

  • Jean-Pierre Schnyder

    Under Windows 8.1, the transfer wizard does not allow you to store the user settings and docuents in a transfer file. Only importing a transfer file is available in the wizard, as you can see in the image below !![enter image description here][1]

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