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Thread: How do I hide folders for all user profiles before or after deploying Win10 image ?

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    CruzJr is offline New Member
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    Default How do I hide folders for all user profiles before or after deploying Win10 image ?

    Deploying Win10 1809. How can I hide the following folders for ALL user profiles, even if they log into someone else's system ?

    I want to hide 3D Objects, Contacts, Music, Videos, Links and Saved Games. Even when a new user logs into the system.

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    TerranceM is offline New Member
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    Sign in to a computer running Windows 10 as a member of the local Administrator group. Do not use a domain account.

    Use a lab or extra computer running a clean installation of Windows 10 to create a default user profile. Do not use a computer that is required for business (that is, a production computer). This process removes all domain accounts from the computer, including user profile folders.

    Configure the computer settings that you want to include in the user profile. For example, you can configure settings for the desktop background, uninstall default apps, install line-of-business apps, and so on.

    Unlike previous versions of Windows, you cannot apply a Start and taskbar layout using a mandatory profile. For alternative methods for customizing the Start menu and taskbar, see Related topics.

    Create an answer file (Unattend.xml) that sets the CopyProfile parameter to True. The CopyProfile parameter causes Sysprep to copy the currently signed-on userís profile folder to the default user profile. You can use Windows System Image Manager, which is part of the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) to create the Unattend.xml file.

    Uninstall any application you do not need or want from the PC. For examples on how to uninstall Windows 10 Application see Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage. For a list of uninstallable applications, see Understand the different apps included in Windows 10.

    It is highly recommended to uninstall unwanted or unneeded apps as it will speed up user sign-in times.

    At a command prompt, type the following command and press ENTER.


    sysprep /oobe /reboot /generalize /unattend:unattend.xml

    (Sysprep.exe is located at: C:\Windows\System32\sysprep. By default, Sysprep looks for unattend.xml in this same folder.)

    If you receive an error message that says "Sysprep was not able to validate your Windows installation", open %WINDIR%\System32\Sysprep\Panther\setupact.log and look for an entry like the following:

    Use the Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage and Remove-AppxPackage -AllUsers cmdlet in Windows PowerShell to uninstall the app that is listed in the log.

    The sysprep process reboots the PC and starts at the first-run experience screen. Complete the set up, and then sign in to the computer using an account that has local administrator privileges.

    Right-click Start, go to Control Panel (view by large or small icons) > System > Advanced system settings, and click Settings in the User Profiles section.

    In User Profiles, click Default Profile, and then click Copy To.

    In Copy To, under Permitted to use, click Change.

    In Select User or Group, in the Enter the object name to select field, type everyone, click Check Names, and then click OK.

    In Copy To, in the Copy profile to field, enter the path and folder name where you want to store the mandatory profile. The folder name must use the correct extension for the operating system version. For example, the folder name must end with ".v6" to identify it as a user profile folder for Windows 10, version 1607.

    If the device is joined to the domain and you are signed in with an account that has permissions to write to a shared folder on the network, you can enter the shared folder path.

    If the device is not joined to the domain, you can save the profile locally and then copy it to the shared folder location.

    Click OK to copy the default user profile.

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    RuskinF is offline Beginner
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    That is not possible on Windows 10. You cannot access another user's files so there is no reason to hide those files of other users.
    And you can hide those folders you want by left-clicking on them and selecting the Hide folder option.

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    RolandJS is offline Senior Member
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    If one logs in as a high-end administrator, I thought there are ways to drill down into any folder and file located on the hard-drive. I will listen and learn from others here.

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    Lewis-H is offline Windows Enthusiast
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    To hide one or more files or folders, select the files or folders, right-click on them, and select Properties. On the General tab on the Properties dialog box, check the Hidden box in the Attributes section. To prevent the files or folders from appearing in Windows search results, click Advanced.

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