Windows 10: How to replicate changes to all (Default) profiles after SysPrep

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    Windows 10 Enterprise (1607)
       10 May 2017 #1

    How to replicate changes to all (Default) profiles after SysPrep

    I work for a large organisation with over 250 computers across a relatively large geographical area.

    We have just updated to Windows 10 Enterprise (1607) and I have used the CopyProfile setting to customise the default profile in Audit Mode, such as the Start Menu and Taskbar layout.

    I have then run Sysprep and created an Admin account.

    All the computers are part of an active directory that use the customised default profile to create an account for each new user that logs on.

    What I would like to know is how I can make changes in the Admin account (or any account for that matter) and have the changes I make here also show in all new accounts thereafter?

    For instance, I need to update a particular piece of software on this image. When I do so, the shortcuts I have created on the Start Menu and Taskbar are removed and not replaced. There are then blank spaces that appear where the shortcuts did exist in the Admin account but also (strangely) this is the same in all newly created accounts thereafter, despite not changing the default profile at all.

    To be clear, if I update a program, the program is updated for all users and they can gain access to it through the Start Menu by searching for it. However, the customised shortcuts on the Start Menu and Taskbar are deleted for this particular program and not replaced, so I end up with just blank spaces for all users when they log in. I can put these shortcuts back but they are only changed in the Admin account and not to all user accounts.

    Is there a way I can simply reinstall or update a program and have this not alter the shortcuts and work for all users?

    At the moment it appears set in stone so that I cannot make any changes easily to the admin / default profile without running Sysprep again.

    I would just like to make changes to the default profile easily, after all the initial configuration has been done in SysPrep, if there is such a way? Changes I make in the Admin account don't seem to be replicated in the user accounts. Is there a simple way to accomplish this after SysPrep?

    It is worth noting that each computer is imaged manually with portable hard disks at each location, not via any remote service, so itís almost impossible to run Sysprep again or to make changes on a master PC and then reimage all of these PCs once more, as I will need to make software changes etc on a regular basis.

    Making changes in the admin account on Windows 7 Enterprise would replicate the changes perfectly to each new user account but it appear to be very different with Windows 10 Enterprise.

    Any help would be much appreciated!
    Last edited by AndyK; 10 May 2017 at 06:28.
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