You may want to permanently store the changes a user makes to their preferences and settings during the logon session. You can create unlocked user profiles on a partition separate from the Windows Disk Protection protected partition so that the environment settings a user is allowed to make during a session are not cleared when they log off the shared computer.

For information on creating all user profiles for all accounts on a separate partition each time a user profile is created, see Creating Permanent User Profiles for All Accounts.

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If you have Windows SteadyState installed on a drive with multiple partitions, the partition on which Windows SteadyState resides is the protected system partition. If you are setting up a separate partition after you have installed Windows SteadyState, you should defragment your hard drive before running disk partitioning software. When you run any disk partitioning software with Windows SteadyState installed on the shared computer, you must turn off Windows Disk Protection before you defragment the drive to avoid damaging the cache file created by Windows Disk Protection.We recommend that you defragment your hard disk and set up any separate partitions you may require before you install Windows SteadyState.

To create a user profile on a separate partition

  1. Log on as the administrator.

  2. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft SteadyState, and then click Windows SteadyState Administrative Console.

  3. Under User Settings, click Add a New User.

  4. In the User Name box, enter the user name for the profile you want to create.

  5. In the Password box, type the password for the user account. Ensure that the password you choose meets the password policy requirements. Enter the password in the Confirm Password box.

  6. In the User Location box, select the drive on which you want to save the new user profile, and then click OK.

After a user profile is created on a partition separate from the Windows Disk Protection protected partition, the profile remains on that unprotected partition until the Windows SteadyState administrator deletes the user profile. If you later decide that the user profile should no longer be permanent, the protected user profile cannot be copied or moved to another Windows partition. If you want the same user profile to reside on the Windows Disk Protection protected partition so that user changes are cleared when the user logs off or restarts the computer, you must create a new profile with the desired restrictions on the protected partition.

To delete a permanent user profile

  1. Under User Settings, select the user profile you want to delete.

  2. Click Delete User. You will be asked if you are sure you want to delete the user’s account. If you are sure that you want to delete the user account, click OK.

After the user account is deleted, you can recreate the user profile on the desired partition or on the Windows protected partition. Be aware that after the user profile is created on the Windows partition, the profile is no longer permanent and any changes made to the user’s environment will not be saved.

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