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| Change Type... | | Delete | | Copy To... | To create new user accounts, open User Accounts in Control Panel.

| Change Type... | | Delete | | Copy To... | To create new user accounts, open User Accounts in Control Panel.

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Figure 20-8. Viewing user profiles

As you can see from the list of profiles, profiles can grow quite large. On this computer, my profile is 783 MB in size. On my primary computer, my profile is a whopping 5.2 GB in size. That's a lot of data for the computer to drag around. In the profile list shown in Figure 20-8, you should also note that several names are listed as "Account Unknown." These entries aren't for corrupt profiles or necessarily for profiles that should be deleted. Rather, these entries are typically for profiles created when a computer was a member of a domain, and since the computer was removed from the domain, it no longer recognizes the related accounts to which the profiles belong.

In the User Profiles dialog box, you can:

Change the type of profile

On a domain, your IT administrators may use the Change Type option to change your profile from the default profile type—local profile—to a roaming profile or vice versa. Other settings you must configure in your user properties to ensure that you get the correct environment when you log on.

Create a copy of a profile

Use the Copy To option to create a copy of a profile and all its related data. As you cannot copy a profile that is active, you'll likely only be able to create a copy of the default profile. Delete a profile

Use the Delete option to delete a profile that is no longer needed. You cannot delete a profile that currently is logged on. If you delete a profile from an account that is still being used, the computer will create a new profile the next time the other person logs on.

Because so much of your important personal data is stored in your user profile, you might want to create a backup copy of your profile. As long as you aren't logged on to an account using a profile, you can copy a profile to a folder by completing these steps:

1. In Windows Explorer, create a new folder for storing the profile data.

2. In the User Profiles dialog box, click the profile you want to copy and then click Copy To.

3. In the Copy To dialog box, shown in Figure 20-9, click Browse, locate the folder you created for storing the profile data, and then click OK.

Copy To

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