Windows 7 "copy to" user profile button disabled

I had to join Windows 7 clients to a Samba domain. After joining the domain i wanted to copy users old local profile to the roaming profile share on the file server using the "copy button" in the user profile management. But this button was grayed out/disabled for all profiles but the standard profile.

There is a piece of software that will enable this button again.

Simply download
"Windows enabler" und start it as system administrator (right click on programs symbol) on the box where you want to copy the local user profile to the roaming profile. Go to the system tray and activate the "windows enabler". Now the "copy to" button gets enabled once you click on it.

Hint: You need to copy the user profile to the corresponding directory on the file server with a ".V2" extension, e.g. "\\server\profiles\username.V2" or where your roaming profiles are configured to point to.

Have fun! Did it work for you? Drop your comment...


Anonymous said…
nope doesn't work
Anonymous said…
You are a lifesaver.......
Eric said…
Hi, I'm running windows 7 and I can't get windows enabler to work. downloaded it, right click, run as admin, etc... and copy to is still grayed out.
The Windows Enabler tool does'nt work in my Windows 7, so there is a way to copy a profile, rather than copy a profil, you can customize a default profile in order than each new use can load all you defenied paramaters in default.

Here is the way on my web site :
Anonymous said…
I had the same problem and tested Windows Enabler, too.

The Button is greyed out, until you klick on it ;)
Than it activates und works fine (for me).
Anonymous said…
Awesome, thanks!
If it doesn't work for you:
You need to left click the icon in the tray to turn it on.
I went into the profile window and found "Copy To" was still grayed out, but I clicked it anyways and it became enabled.
Anonymous said…
you have to press this greyed button again
Anonymous said…
Thanks !
You really have to "run as administrator" the Enabler applic, even if you are logged as The Administrator account.(?)
Copy To is grayed, but click once on it and it becomes enabled.
(Win7 32b in domain).
You saved my time.
Microsoft, what did you do ?
Chris in Los Angeles said…
It DOES work... How it works might not be immediately obvious though, so here are some times (mainly for Windows Enabler.)

Run Windows Enabler, it will appear in the system tray. Open up your system until you see the greyed out Copy To.. option. Now double click Windows Enabler to activate it. Now, click once on the greyed button and you'll see it becomes a usable button again. Proceed with profile copying as normal!

Also if you need to go one step further and restore an account listed as "Account Unknown" combine the Windows Enabler trick with this tip:

This worked for me on Windows 7 64bit.
Nikolai D. said…
Hi guys,

Thanks for the tip. It worked perfectly.

Have a nice day! :)
Anonymous said…
Worked in win 7 64 bit. Just have to click on the button that is gre/ayed and it will un-gre/ay.
Anonymous said…
Tried on Win 7 Home Premium.
Clicked on greyed out "Copy To"
nothing!! The QL icon did change from ON to not on.
Anonymous said…
SORRY Should have read 9/2/2010 post. You MUST use "RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR" even if you are an ADM.

Worked well. Thanks
abaab said…
Doesn't work when launched from a shared folder, copy the exe and dll to the local pc, must run as administrator in windows 7
scooter said…
There is a tool which works in a similar way, although from what I see it actually points the new domain account at the old local account folders/files:

Clay said…
Great!it work!
Anonymous said…
It worked like a charm for me...

Used for enablid the 'copy to...' button on windows 7 profiles dialog.

Ross said…
Worked for me, thanks! So annoying these profiles are so fragile, and also I'd love to know the logic behind the button being disabled, given it still works!!

Thanks a lot.

Anonymous said…
Getting 404 error on Download now. Can you put file up again?
Anonymous said…
Worked for me! As others have said, the link is now dead, but a little googling and I found the installer. Also, as another user said, the button will still be greyed out until you try to click on it, then it works perfectly! Thank you!
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Dave said…
I downloaded Windows Enabler 1.1 from SoftPedia, and it did not work for me.

I'm running a 32-bit Windows 7, and I did run the program 'run as administrator', and I did click on the 'Copy-To' button multiple times, even though it was grayed out.
hi..Im student from Informatics engineering, this article is very informative, thanks for sharing :)
Dorian DeLuca said…

Left-click the icon in the tray to turn it on. Then click on the button that is greyed-out, and it will make it clickable.
thanks for sharing this useful method ....... keep it up admin...
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