At times strange things happen with user local profiles on both Windows Servers and client systems such as, when a user local profile unexpectedly turns to a backup status and freezes in that state. When you check the profile status through the Control Panel you will see that it is flagged as backup after you log on with a temporary profile.
Microsoft has released a new hotfix that resolves the issue of displaying a user profile folder name as “user [email protected] name” when using a user principal name (UPN) to log on to a Windows 7-based or Windows Server 2008 R2-based client computer. This can happen when you have a client computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 in an Active Directory domain and you enable the User must change password at next logon option for the domain users. Then, you log on to a client computer by using a user principal name (UPN) and the user profile folder is created on the client computer. In this scenario, the format of the user profile folder name is displayed as follows: user [email protected] name.
Back in the days, systems administrators used a convenient method of deploying standardized user profiles on workstations by creating a dummy user account, customize the profile and then use the Copy To feature from the System Properties User Profiles settings snap-in to copy the created profile over the default user profile. This worked well on Windows 2000, XP and Vista; however, the same procedure won’t work on Windows 7.
Windows Easy Transfer is a utility that comes with Windows 7 that you can use to transfer user profile data such as documents, music, pictures, email and other data from one computer to another. You may find this tool very handy when you are migrating to a different computer and need to move your data to the destination computer. In the process of moving your files you can use an external hard disk or USB flash drive. Other transfer mediums exist such as, network shares and special USB cables.