In this article, we’ll see how to automatically copy and migrate user profiles from old domain to new domain (or a local user to a domain user). In addition to profiles and data, you will also be able to copy applications and their settings, should you decide to transfer those as well.
Do you need to switch to a new domain on same PC? That guide is here.
Need to migrate within same domain? That’s even easier – see general user profile migration guide.
Looking for a way to migrate an actual Windows server, and not just end-users?
Check out our tutorial for server migration.
When changing to a new domain, the old domain user profiles will not be accessible automatically. Then will have to be re-created for each user. Of course, populating that profile with user settings and user data is a process that should be automated as much as possible – and this is what we will see here.
The product we will use is Zinstall Migration Kit Pro. It can do all kinds of migration tasks, and profile migration happens to be one of them. The transfer includes all of user data and personalization. Plus, it can even transfer user install applications, if needed. This process works for Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, 7, Vista and XP (yes, you can transfer profiles from an XP domain to a Windows 11 domain!)
This process does not disrupt the profile SIDs, and transfers settings in a way that is identical to a human operator manually transferring data and reconfiguring settings. This part ensures that the new domain is not “trashed” with remnants of the old one.
Here is how the process works:
Note that you can also use the Kit in a command-line mode, which is useful in SCCM and other management tools integration.
That’s it! The profile contents are transferred to the new domain’s user profile – and the migration is complete.
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