The Goal: I would like to use the "user profiles" feature of Windows XP to make it possible to change the look (background, desktop icons, etc) by simply switching users, and avoid having to change all those icons individually every time I want a costume change, not to mention all the other various settings and things that I don't even know enough about to say what they are, much less understand them.
In other words, I want to copy my user profile to a new user, with a different name, and just change the desktop background and icons, so that when Windows starts, I will have a choice of outfits.
Situation as it Stands: I am the only person who uses this computer. Currently, besides me, there are only a couple of junk users leftover from when I messed everything up after Essexboy had saved me from the vicious ravages of a catastrophic attack by the universally despised Malware Funpak of Lost.Golden.Bunny.Rabbit.**
Research to Date: My googling has not been as helpful as I would have liked, or maybe I have googled poorly, because all I have been able to find are very complicated and scary-sounding treatises and long and frightening lists of operations to perform on the Microsoft site, and a few other equally daunting procedures outlined on some other geeky sites, things that send you down into the bowels of the registry all by yourself where you could really mess things up, which is not a good idea for clueless people in the first place, and not a good match from a psychological standpoint for a clueless person who is still in Catastrophe Recovery and only wants the change of costume function to help with that, not send out attractive invitations to another self-inflicted catastrophe.
The Question at-a-Glance: So, my question is this: Is there an easy way to do it? Could there be a safe and clean freeware program that might do it for me?
Limitations, Terms and Conditions: I know that there are all kinds of commercial programs available that will do all kinds of things to ones Windows Wardrobe, but I am more than a little skittish about anything that is going to take over this or replace that important component of Windows, and I have also established an Agenda that involves minimizing use of system resources, and I would not want to spend a lot of resources on hair and makeup anyway. I want The Look for Less.
Semi-Coherent Extraneous Rant: Am I asking the impossible? Chasing after rainbows and windmills, living in a dream world where I get to have my cake and eat it too?
Or am I missing something so simple and obvious that if it were a venomous snake it would have bitten me right in the mousefinger, and you are shaking your head because you cannot imagine how anybody who has googled at all could have possibly missed it because everybody in the world knows all about it and does it like nine times a day?
The Question Re-stated and Italicized: For the benefit of those who, miraculously, are still reading this, but have forgotten the question because I am a Person Living with Brevity Impairment:
Is there an easy way for me to make a new user that has the same settings as an existing user?
Pro-Active Apology: If I have erred in posting this question, either at all or in this particular section, I am very sorry.
Footnote: **(Yes, I am the one who named it that, because somebody had to and nobody had)