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Migration of User State

Updated: March 28, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

When you move client computers to the Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system from earlier versions of Windows, it is important to save and then restore user data and settings. This process is known as migrating user state. By carefully planning and implementing user state migration, you help conserve IT staff time, preserve important data, scale the migration as needed, and minimize costs while maintaining user productivity and workplace morale.

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  • For information about using Remote Installation Services (RIS), see "Designing RIS Installations" in Automating and Customizing Installations of this kit.

  • For information about scripting in a Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003 environment, see the at, or see the MSDN Scripting Clinic link on the Web Resources page at

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