in Windows 2000, you can copy a user's profile if you have Administrator priviledges and go under Control Panel|System|User Profiles. one of the buttons copies from one user to another. this only copies the settings for the user interface preferences, not application preferences. these won't be copied, although i have heard of tools that will do that. however, the settings sometimes have hard coded user names and path names specific to the login, so you may have to edit the registry to fix things.
for automatic login, Windows 2000 allows you to set the default user under Control Panel|Users and Passwords. you can uncheck the box that requires a password to access the computer. Windows 2000 then asks which user you want to make the default.
i run Windows XP Home and not Pro, so i don't know if the settings are the same under Windows XP, but they should be in the general area.
I have created a new account in XP Pro and I have a few questions.
How do you copy your personalized settings, such as menu bar, start bar, task bar, etc.... from an old account to a new account?
How do you set an account to be the one that opens when you turn your equipment on and Windows loads?
After I get everything I need from the old account, is it alright to delete it?
Is there anything that I should be aware of while completeing this project?
Thank you very much in advance, Rob