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The format of a Windows Profile will vary depending mostly on what version of the Windows OS is being used.  In order to use a profile on a particular computer, the version of that profile must match the version that the OS understands.  This affects the ability to roam profiles.  For example, if you try to use a profile that was created on Windows 10 (profile version 5), you cannot attach and use this on a Windows 7 machine that understands profiles that are in format version 2.

This is complicated a bit by the ability of several versions of Windows to support 2 different profile format versions depending on whether or not a patch is installed and a registry setting present.

Profile Version Table

Operating System VersionProfile Version
Windows XP and Windows Server 20031
Windows Vista and Windows Server 20082
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R22
Windows 8 and Windows Server 20122
Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 with patch (2887239) applied and registry setting present3
Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R22
Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 with patch (2887595) applied and registry setting present4
Windows 105
Windows 10 Anniversary Edition (1607) and Windows Server 2016

Registry Setting

The required registry setting to enable the use of the new profile version (when the appropriate patch is applied) is: (DWORD) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ProfSvc\Parameters\UseProfilePathExtensionVersion = '1'



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