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Local Profile Core

The Local Profile Core component consists of a registry hive and a set of folders stored in the file system. The user profile registry hive is called Ntuser.dat, and is mapped to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER portion of the registry when the user logs on. The profile directory series stores application data, temporary files, shortcut links, desktop icons, and other application-related data.

A user profile is a group of settings and files that defines the environment that the system loads when a user logs on. It includes all the user-specific configuration settings, such as program items, screen colors, network connections, printer connections, mouse settings, and window size and position.

A local user profile is created the first time a user logs on to the target system, and is stored on that system. Any changes made to the local user profile are specific to the system on which the changes are made.

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